Rabbi Weinreb Presents Keynote Address at Positive Jewish Parenting in Paramus, December 29

06 Dec 2007


With OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb delivering the keynote address, the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with Yavneh Academy of Paramus under the leadership of Principal Rabbi Jonathan Knapp, will present Positive Jewish Parenting on Saturday night, December 29.

The program, which will cover early childhood through high school, is presented to strengthen parents’ child-rearing skills and to help them to effectively communicate with their children. It has been presented to large audiences across North America on a variety of practical daily parenting issues and topics; now many Paramus-area families will benefit from the program as well. It will be held at the Academy, 155 North Farview Avenue from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Rabbi Weinreb’s keynote address, Instilling Positive Jewish Values in Our Children, will be held at 9:50 p.m. Rabbi Weinreb is both a noted clinical psychologist as well as a distinguished rabbi.

According to Frank Buchweitz, OU National Director of Community Services and Special Projects and the creator of the Positive Jewish Parenting programs, “The OU is pleased to partner with its member congregations all over the country to benefit their communities. On December 29,” he continued, “couples in Paramus can enjoy a night out and learn from experts in the field. 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. The keynote will follow.

Hour 1

• Early Childhood: “Just Say No?”– Setting Limits with Your Preschool Child, with Dr. David Yammer, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist who “commutes” from Jerusalem to his private practice in Teaneck.

• Lower School: My Child’s Social Life In and Out of School: How to Help Your Child Negotiate the Bumps and Hurdles in His/Her Social Life, with Gila Zelinger, L.C.S.W., a clinical social worker at the Family Care Medical Center in Monsey, New York.

• Middle/High School: Welcome to the “Wild and Wacky” World of Adolescence: Understanding and Parenting Your Teen, with Dr. David Pelcovitz, Ph.D., who holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University’s Azerieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, where he is also special assistant to the President.

Hour 2

• Early Childhood: Play is the Work of a Child: Teaching Your Child Important Life Skills Through Play, with Nancy Bossov, RJE, is the Director of Early Childhood Education at the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York.

• Lower School: Self-Esteem vs. Self-Centered: Creating Positive Self-Esteem Without Creating a Selfish Child, with Dr. Pelcovitz.

• Middle/High School: Body Image: Helping Your Son/Daughter Focus on their “Insides” and Not Their “Outsides,” with Gila Zelinger.

This event is also sponsored by the Yavneh Parents Association and Auxiliary. Supporting synagogues include: Congregation Beth Aaron, Congregation Beth Abraham, Congregation Beth Tefillah, Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, Congregation Keter Torah, Congregation Rinat Yisrael, Congregation Shaarei Tefilla, Congregation Shomrei Torah and Kehillas Zichron Mordechai.

Admission is $10 per-couple in advance, and $15 per-couple at the door. For further information contact Dr. Aliza Frohlich, Director of Guidance, Middle School, at 201-262-8494, ext. 322; or Mrs. Gayle Clachko, Director of Student Services, at 201-262-8494, ext. 331. For advance registration information contact Chana Besterman, at 201-262-8494, ext. 354 or at yavnehparenting@aol.com.