OU Presents Its Successful Positive Jewish Parenting Seminar, Nov 17 At Young Israel of New Rochelle

October 26, 2007


To strengthen parents’ child-rearing skills and to help them to effectively communicate with their children, the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with the Young Israel of New Rochelle and the synagogue’s Women’s League, will present Positive Jewish Parenting on Saturday night, November 17.

The OU’s Positive Jewish Parenting program has been presented to large audiences across North America on a variety of practical daily parenting issues and topics; now many New Rochelle-area families will benefit from the program as well. It will be held at the synagogue, 1228 North Avenue from 7:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

The presentations, based on Jewish values, will focus on strengthening relationships, enhancing communication, and developing healthy self-esteem in children.

According to Frank Buchweitz, OU National Director of Community Services and Special Projects, “The OU is pleased to partner with its member congregations all over the country to benefit their communities. On November 17,” he continued, “couples in New Rochelle can enjoy a night out and learn from experts in the field and in our community.”

“From years of experience we have learned just how crucial these workshops are for families and we hope that they will continue to benefit our communities throughout the country,” he added.

Following registration, participants may select from the following workshops. They may choose from one of three sessions presented the first hour and then select from one of three other workshops the second hour.

Hour 1

• Building a Lifelong Relationship with Your Child, with Dr. Gila Schwerd, Ph.D.

• Setting Limits and Discipline for Your Children, with Dr. Alex Bailey, Psy.D.

• Responding to Anger in Our Children, with Gila Zelinger, L.C.S.W.

Hour #2

• Coping with Peer Pressure, with Dr. Gila Schwerd

• How to Talk and Listen to Your Teenager, with Dr. Alex Bailey

• Creating and Maintaining Positive Self-Esteem and Body Image, with Gila Zelinger, L.C.S.W.

The workshops will be followed at 9:40 p.m. by a Q & A with all of the presenters and a buffet dairy dinner.

Dr. Alex Baily, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience in hospitals, clinics, and elementary, middle and high schools. His expertise is in the areas of communication and child development, and he has spent his career facilitating productive parent, teacher, and student communication; enhancing classroom management skills for teachers; training parents in setting boundaries and improving their relationships with their children; and managing oppositional behavior in adolescents. Dr. Bailey maintains a private clinical practice in New Jersey, focusing on parents and families, adolescents and young adults.

Dr. Gila Schwerd, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in individual and couples therapy. As coordinator of Ezrat Chayim, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services division for Orthodox services, she works extensively with families, providing parenting workshops throughout the Queens community. Dr. Schwerd also taught in the field of Jewish studies for over twenty years and lectures regularly on topics pertaining to Judaism, family and psychology.

Gila Zelinger, L.C.S.W., is a clinical social worker in the Family Care Medical Center in Monsey, New York. She has many years of experience working with individuals, families, and groups, as well as conducting extensive parenting workshops for the Orthodox Union and in her community, focusing on strengthening the Jewish family. She maintains a private practice in Wesley Hills, New York and leads a psychotherapy group for mothers and couples.

Admission is $18. For further information and to register contact Lacey Kalb at 914-637-8383 or at laceykalb@optonline.net, or Ezra Tuchman at 212-479-5717 or at ezra.tuchman@ehy-us.com.