By Hanna Schlager
New York NCSY Special Projects Manager
Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser led a parenting workshop to a packed house.
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President, Emeritus of the Orthodox Union, presented the keynote address.
Hundreds of parents from Queens, Long Island, and Brooklyn attended a community-wide parenting workshop Sunday sponsored by New York NCSY and the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst. Spearheaded by Rena Kwestel and a committee of Long Island parents, and coordinated by Carol Rhine, Chief Operating Officer of New York NCSY, the event was geared towards individuals looking for practical solutions to guiding 21st century teens through today’s greatest religious and secular challenges.
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Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President, Emeritus of the Orthodox Union, gave the keynote address, followed by several workshops by leading personalities in the Jewish community -- Rabbi Naftali Besser; Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser; Dr. Rona Novick; Slovie Jungreis Wolff; and Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, Director of New York NCSY. Sessions addressed issues from how to empower teenage girls; how to communicate with teens so they will listen; strategies to combat teen apathy towards religion; and finding out what teens really say to God. Discussions also included realistic actions to be taken by schools, synagogues, camps, and parents, in order to reconnect and reinspire their teens with Judaism.
Aside from covering their session topics, each speaker emphasized that the key to successful parenting and child rearing starts with the parent being able to turn inwards and better his or her self. By building mutually supportive partnerships between children and parents, families will be able to connect not only with each other, but will also be able to positively influence the community around them and experience lives of greater meaning and purpose.
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