OU Presents Positive Jewish Parenting Seminar, November 12, in Overland Park, Kansas

20 Oct 2006


To strengthen parenting skills and provide advice from leading Orthodox mental health professionals, the Orthodox Union Department of Community Services in conjunction with the Congregation Beth Israel Abraham Voliner will present a Positive Jewish Parenting program to be held at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115 Street, Overland Park, Kansas, on Sunday, November 12.

Positive Jewish Parenting, a national program of the OU, has been presented to large audiences across the United States.

Strengthening the Jewish family is one of the greatest challenges of today’s society. According to Frank Buchweitz, OU National Director of Community Services and Special Projects, “Communication between parents and children will be at the heart of all the sessions of this program. Our parenting programs have had a tremendous impact on the lives of participants, with excellent suggestions by presenters for strengthening family life. We expect Overland Park’s parents to be as pleased with the presentations as their counterparts from across the country have been.”

“You need a license to drive a car, to cut someone’s hair and to do a lot of other things that are far less important than being a parent. With all the attention being paid to adult education,” stated Rabbi David Fine of Congregation Beth Israel Abraham Voliner, “it’s critical to ensure that we educate ourselves so that we can perform well in the most important job a Jew will ever have–being a parent.”

“There are precious few quality resources out there for Jewish parents looking for help. The OU has become a nationally recognized address that brings successful professionals together to address real people’s real concerns about parenting. I am excited that our Jewish community will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with committed professionals about a very large responsibility,” Rabbi Fine added.

From 7-8 p.m. participants may select one workshop:

•Dana K. Fitzer, LCSW, will address the topic, Setting Limits with Love. She is currently the Executive Director of “Therapy Centre for Families” in Overland Park and has previously worked as a therapist in private practice.

•Rabbi Dr. Jerry Lob, Ph.D., will speak on The Making of a Mentsch. Rabbi Lob received his semicha (rabbinic ordination) from Yeshiva Beth Medrash Gavoha in Lakewood, NJ and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Currently he is in private practice, and lectures and writes on subjects of marriage, parenting and Jewish philosophy.

From 8:05-9:05 p.m. participants may select one workshop:

•Allan Gonsher, LCSW, will present on Effective Communication with Our Children. He is the founder of “Kids, Inc.,” a counseling agency for families and children, with clinics in Omaha and Kansas City, KS. He is an adjunct professor at the Hebrew University School of Social Work, the University of Nebraska School of Social Work, Drake University and Creighton University.

•Rabbi Dr. Jerry Lob will address Religions Differences: When Your Children Are More/Less Religious Than You Are.
There will also be a panel discussion with the above mentioned presenters from
9:10 to 9:45 p.m.

Admission is $10 for a single person and $18 for a couple. Scholarships are available upon request; contact Rabbi Fine at Congregation Beth Israel Abraham Voliner at rabbifine@biav.org. For further information and to register contact Diana Newman at 913-341-2444 or at office@biav.org