OU to Address ‘Speaking to Children About Difficult Topics’ 2/18 in NYC

January 25, 2013

OU PRESENTS POSITIVE JEWISH PARENTING PROGRAM ON PRESIDENT’S DAY ADDRESSING “HOW TO SPEAK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT DIFFICULT TOPICS,” FEBRUARY 18 AT WEST SIDE INSTITUTIONAL SYNAGOGUE
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Rabbi Weil to Moderate; Dr. Pelcovitz Is Featured Speaker

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Continuing its commitment to strengthening Jewish families and addressing timely issues impacting Jewish homes as part of its highly effective Positive Jewish Parenting program series, the {encode=”http://www.oucommunity.org/” title=”Orthodox Union Department of Community Engagement”} will focus on “How to Speak to Your Children About Difficult Topics” with a President’s Day Community Project on Monday, February 18 from 10:00 a.m.-noon at the West Side Institutional Synagogue, 120 W. 76th Street in Manhattan.

Rabbi Joshua Strulowitz serves as Rabbi of the West Side Institutional Synagogue.

Dr. David Pelcovitz, a highly sought-after speaker and educator, will serve as the featured speaker. Admission is free.

“These programs are part of the OU’s commitment to help parents successfully raise children during our challenging times,” stated Rabbi Judah Isaacs, Director of OU Community Engagement.

The program is held in conjunction with the West Side Institutional Synagogue and Manhattan Day School. Programming for children and babysitting will be available on site. Brunch will be served.

Rabbi Weil explained, “As parents, we find ourselves in a very difficult and almost impossible situation when our children ask ‘Will this happen in our school?’ ‘Why did this evil person do this?’ ‘Will this happen to me?’ ‘How come no one protected those children?’ The objective of this seminar is to address these as well as other difficult conversations that parents need to have with their children.”

Dr. Pelcovitz will lead two sessions: “National Tragedies in the Media: How to Discuss the News with Our Children” and “How to Talk to Our Children about Identifying and Preventing Abuse.” He currently serves as the Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education.

Earlier this month, the Orthodox Union West Coast Region, based in Los Angeles, hosted Dr. Pelcovitz for a communal special lecture “After Newtown: Creating Stability in Times of Turmoil, How to Speak with our Children and Grandchildren about Trauma.”

Registration and further information for the event can be found at www.oucommunity.org or by calling 212.613.8300.

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