OU to Present Positive Jewish Parenting Family Shabbaton, Dec 14-15, at Young Israel of Scarsdale

30 Nov 2007


The Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with the Young Israel of Scarsdale will strengthen the foundation of Judaism — the Jewish family — with its highly effective Positive Jewish Parenting program on Shabbat (Parshat Vayigash), December 14-15.

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 Scarsdale-area families will benefit from the program as well. It will be held at the synagogue, 1313 Weaver Street, beginning Friday at 4 p.m. and concluding Saturday evening.

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. The Family Shabbaton in Scarsdale will give parents and children the necessary skills to improve their relationships for years to come.”

“From previous experience we have learned just how crucial these workshops are for families and we look forward to them continuing to benefit our communities throughout the country,” he added.

The Friday program will begin at 4 p.m. with candle lighting, followed by mincha and Shabbat services at 4:10 p.m. A family dinner for parents and children will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Keynote Address, Building Lifelong Relationships with Your Children: Six Characteristics that Really Make a Difference, by Dr. Jerry Lob, will start at 6:30 p.m.

From 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. participants may choose from one of the following workshops,

• Grades 1-4, Rochelle Harary to present No I Won’t and You Can’t Make Me: A Parent’s Guide to Managing Behavior.

• Grades 5-8, Dr. Lob on Cliques and Bullying: How to Balance Protecting Your Children and Developing Independence.

• Grades 9-12, Dr. John Krug on Good, Successful Parenting Begins With Good, Successful Parental Relationship.

• Teens Only! A workshop for teens on how to communicate effectively with parents.

The Saturday program will begin at 9 a.m. Dr. Lob will present the morning Torah discourse, Who’s In Charge?! Helping Parents Take Control. The keynote address following Kiddush will be with Dr.Krug on Raising Normal Kids in an Abnormal World.

From 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. a Tot Shabbat luncheon for parents and children (under six) will be held following Kiddush. The keynote luncheon address, with Dr. Lob on Environment of Joy in Your Home and Your Life: Developing Three Aspects of Happiness: in Life, in Self, and in Judaism, will be held at 1 p.m.

Participants may select from one of the following workshops beginning at 1:30 p.m.,

• Dr. Krug, T-I-M-E: It Goes So Fast.

• Rochelle Harary, Effective Parenting Strategies for enhancing self-esteem for the Early Childhood Years.

Question and Answer panel discussion, The Challenges of Raising Healthy Jewish Children in 2007, will be held with the presenters following the third Sabbath meal.

Children’s programs will be available during workshops on both days.

Dr. Jerry Lob, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Chicago, specializing in adolescent and family therapy. Dr. Lob received his Ph.D. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and is a well known author of numerous articles on parenting, marriage, and Jewish philosophy. He also received semicha from Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ.

Rabbi Dr. John Krug, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the Dean of Student Life and Welfare at Frisch High School in Paramus, NJ. Rabbi Krug has a BA in Psychology and Speech and Drama, a MA in Secondary Jewish Education and a second MA in Psychology, as well as a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a semicha from Yeshiva University.

Rochelle Harary, is a licensed school psychologist and play therapist with advanced training in cognitive and projective assessment. She maintains a private practice in New York City and conducts extensive hands-on workshops throughout the Greater NY area.

The cost is $25 per meal for adults (age 13 and over) and $20 per meal for children (over two). To become a sponsoring family for dinner or lunch, contributions may be made for $180. For further information and to register contact the synagogue office at 914-636-8686 or yis@yisny.org.