Jonathan Shmidt Chapman uses creativity, theater, and play to activate Hanukkah with children ages 3–8. Download the Hanukkah Discovery Kit. Originally presented on December 1, 2022.
Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman and Dr. Jane Shapiro explores how the cultivation of inner gratitude can enrich our family relationships. See the gratitude slides. Originally presented on November 22, 2022.
Dr. Kevin Kalikow presents a practical and intimate look at how — and whether — to have difficult conversations with grandchildren. See Dr. Kalikow’s slides. Originally presented on October 25, 2022.
Jonathan Shmidt Chapman uses creativity, theater, and play to activate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with children ages 3–8. Originally presented on September 13, 2022.
The Braid Story Company performs the 5-minute winning grandparent story in JGN’s story contest. Includes tips for telling your own great stories. Originally presented on May 24, 2022.
Nadine Epstein, author of RBG’s Brave and Brilliant Women, and editor-in-chief and CEO of Moment Magazine, discusses the importance of role models for our grandchildren. Originally presented on April 26, 2022.
Theater arts educator Jonathan Shmidt Chapman presents a range of easy-to-follow activities that use theater and play to activate the Seder for children of all ages. Originally presented on March 29, 2022.
Dr. William Recant, Assistant Executive Vice President, Joint Distribution Committee, shares the rich and complex history of Jewish life in Ukraine. Dr. Lisa Miller, bestselling author, and professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University guides us on how to talk with our grandchildren about the conflict. Originally presented on March 6, 2022.
Teen experts Dr. Betsy Stone and Erica Hruby present a sensitive and frank look at teens and mental health. They explore the impact on teens’ mental health of living with Covid for two years, the pressures of social media, and grappling with issues of gender identity. Includes specific guidance for grandparents. Originally presented on February 15, 2022.
Harvard professor Dr. Chris Willard explores how grandparents can cultivate qualities of resilience in grandchildren, among them kindness and generosity, honesty, patience, and steadiness. Dr. Willard uses tools from positive psychology, neuroscience mindfulness, and spirituality, and explores techniques that have boosted human resilience in the face of adversity for generations. Originally presented on January 11, 2022.
Rabbi Richard Address, Founder and Director of www.jewishsacredaging.com, interviews Lee M. Hendler, Co-Founder and President, and David Raphael, Co-Founder and CEO, about the creation of the Jewish Grandparents Network and the role of grandparents in a vital Jewish future. Originally presented on January 7, 2022.
Disabilities inclusion specialist Lisa Friedman leads an intimate conversation to explore how we can enrich our relationships with our grandchildren through wide exposure to people with disabilities, the use of inclusive language, and active listening. Lisa is joined by friend and colleague Marci Taylor, who shares her own story of parenting a child who has learning disabilities and health challenges. Originally presented on December 7, 2021.
Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Ron Wolfson, two master storytellers, discuss how stories frame our lives, strengthen our families, and sustain Jewish traditions; what research shows about the importance of family narratives in the development of our children; and the essential roles of grandparents in sharing family and Jewish narratives. Originally presented on November 16, 2021.
David Raphael, Jewish Grandparents Network CEO, interviews Dr. Lisa Miller, author of The Spiritual Child and The Awakened Brain. They discuss spirituality and emotional well-being, finding larger purpose and meaning in everyday life, and passing the moral torch from the older generation to the younger. Originally presented on November 2, 2021.
Erica Brown and Ruth Messinger speak about the core values from our Jewish tradition inform and inspire our roles and responsibilities as citizens and how can we best share these values with our grandchildren and family members. Originally presented on October 29, 2020.
Jewish Grandparents Network CEO David Raphael joins Dasee Berkowitz, author of “Becoming a Soulful Parent: A Path to the Wisdom Within” for a discussion of how to strengthen intergenerational connections during the Covid-19 pandemic. Originally presented on October 19, 2020.
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff joined David Raphael, Co-Founder, and CEO of the Jewish Grandparents Network to discuss strategies for grandparents to nurture their emotional wellbeing and emotional well-being of their grandchildren. Originally presented on September 10, 2020.