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Upcoming Events

We value the partnership between family and school, and as part of this partnership, we strive to offer programming that supports parents in their journies to raise thoughtful children who contribute positively to our world. Our goal is to not just educate children, but also to enrich the lives of our families. Throughout the year, we are excited to offer speakers and events that do just that, providing learning and networking opportunities for our community. In addition to this programming, please also review our Parenting Center offerings for a variety of parenting classes and more. 

Reflective Parenting - January 16-April 2

Reflective Parenting is an evidence-based 12-week workshop in which parents learn an innovative approach to parenting that promotes and enhances all aspects of healthy child development. The Reflective Parenting program helps parents to understand and stay curious about their child’s perspective in both every day and high conflict situations while being able to modulate their own feelings and reactions.

Parents will learn how to be firm but loving toward their children, how to respond to challenging emotions and acting-out behaviors, how to help their children be more independent and confident in their own abilities, how to navigate the world of co-parenting and ultimately, how to feel more confident as parents and more connected to their children. Each weekly workshop includes instruction, discussions, and exercises.
  • January 23-April 2
  • 9:00-10:30 am
  • Parents of children ages 2-5 years (Parents Only)
  • Cost: $600 for the 12-week session

Teen Wellness Workshop: Thriving in the Digital World - January 22, 28, 30

The advent of smartphones, apps, and social media have made the turbulent teenage years even more challenging for parents and their kids. As parents, we are often searching for help to navigate the unique stressors our high-tech world has introduced to teens. Join us for a FREE parent workshop and Q&A with Digital Media Wellness Educator Julia Storm, MA to learn simple research-based tips to support teens in the digital age.

Wellness Month - February 2020

Wellness Month is an opportunity for Sinai Akiba Academy students, parents, and teachers to come together as a community to learn about a variety of wellness topics with a focus on nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, and emotional wellness. We look forward to growing together as a community and having fun in this exciting endeavor.

SSALA Presents: Dr. Jennifer Lang, The Consent Conversation: Ground Zero for Healthy Sexualty, February 18 & 19

There's a lot to talk about when it comes to sex education - anatomy, communication, safety and more. However, consent is probably the single most important thing to learn about in sex ed regardless of whether you identify as male, female, nonbinary or something else. But what does consent look and sound like? How do you recognize when a person has the capacity to give consent, and when they don't? The way teens and young adults think and talk about sex today has changed. The way we approach sex education must change, too. Dr. Lang will provide insight into the tools for communicating and understanding consent, as well as critical information about the capacity to give consent and the language surrounding it.

February 18 at Sinai Akiba Academy
  • 6:45 pm, Registration Begins
  • 7:30 pm, Program Begins
February 19 at Harvard Westlake Upper School
  • 6:15 pm, Registration Begins
  • 7:00 pm, Program Begins

Register Now


Israel: Then and Now — Historical & Contemporary Anti-Semitism in the US Congress - February 25

Presented by Sinai Temple’s Israel Center and Sinai Akiba Academy, join us for a new program for all ages, which will explore the historical context and contemporary implications around Israel’s most pressing issues. In particular, we will discuss how to speak about Israel’s pressing issues with our children and grandchildren.

This session, Historical and Contemporary Anti-Semitism in the US Congress, will be led by Rick Richman, lawyer and author of "Racing Against History: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler."

Light Breakfast Provided • Free for all.

Past Events

Pediatric CPR & Family Safety - January 14

The Parenting Center at Sinai Akiba Academy and "Save A Little Life" are offering a "Pediatric CPR & Family Safety" course on Tuesday, January 14 from 9:00-11:00 am.

The course will include:
  • Accident prevention and overall readiness for an unexpected injury or acute illness (each household will receive a workbook from Save A Little Life).
  • How to perform CPR on an infant, toddler and/or child
  • Response to an airway emergency
  • What's in your family first-aid kit? Earthquake kit?
Parents will have ample opportunity to observe how to perform CPR, remove an airway obstruction, and be able to evaluate accidents such as head injury, bleeding, allergic response & more!

This course is the "Family & Friends" program and does not provide formal CPR certification. Any parent who needs formal certification for their profession or job can get information from Save A Little Life regarding a separate course.

 

Israel: Then and Now — What is the BDS Movement and Do We Address this Issue with our Children? - January 14

Join us on January 14 at 8:00 am for a conversation with Dr. Saba Soomekh '90 and Zev M. Hurwitz.

Dr. Soomekh, assistant director of interreligious and intercommunity affairs at the American Jewish Committee, returns to her alma mater for a conversation about the BDS movement and how to address the issue with children. She is joined by Zev Hurwitz, Director of Campus Affairs at the American Jewish Committee.
  
  

Israel: Then and Now — How to Have a Productive Dialogue About Israel in the Age of Social Media - December 17

Join us for the third event in our Israel Then & Now Series, featuring speaker Yoni Saadi, AIPAC Southern Pacific Regional Synagogue Initiative Director.

Free for all and light breakfast is provided.

 
 

Permission to Parent - December 10

Join us for "Permission to Parent" with Robin Berman, M.D. Dr. Berman is an associate professor of psychiatry at UCLA and the author of "Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love and Limits."

The event takes place on December 10 at 8:15 am. During the talk, Dr. Berman will cover:
  • How to teach kids to regular their big feelings (how parents function as emotional coaches).
  • Building resiliency in kids - bringing the helicopter down for a landing
  • Setting limits with love and respect and the power of mindful language in shaping behavior.
  • The importance of building character over résumés.

Israel: Then and Now — Historical and Contemporary Jerusalem: October 29

Presented by Sinai Temple’s Israel Center and Sinai Akiba Academy, join us for a new program for all ages, which will explore the historical context and contemporary implications around Israel’s most pressing issues. In particular, we will discuss how to speak about Israel’s pressing issues with our children and grandchildren.

This session, Historical and Contemporary Jerusalem, will be led by Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz, Rabbi of Adat Shalom and producer of Roadmap Jerusalem.

Light Breakfast Provided - Free for all
 
 

Forget Happiness, Master Resilience Instead

Dr. Zalana Montminy, behavioral science and author of, "21 Days to Resilience"

Our unrelenting quest for lasting happiness is leading us and our families astray. We anchor our goals in a fleeting feeling that sets us up for failure. Research shows lasting success and contentment aren't about happiness after all - truly thriving in today's world requires resilience. The good news is that resilience is a skill we learn, not something we're born with or without. We know resilience is important but we have not been trained to access it in our day-to-day life. How we actually become resilient is left out of the conversation. Until now. Dr. Montminy will explain what it takes to create a resilient mindset for ourselves and our children, how to shift perceptions, and deliver tools we can use to flourish.

Israel: Then and Now — Israel as a Democracy: September 10

Join us on Tuesday, September 10 for the first session of the "Israel: Then and Now" series, "Israel as a Democracy: Understanding Key Issues in Israel's Upcoming Elections"

Speaker: Dr. Tomer Persico Research Fellow and Scholar-In-Residence of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at U.C. Berkeley
 
 

Brought to you by the Sinai Akiba Academy Parent Association: Join us for the upcoming talk, "The Self-Driven Child" with Dr. Bill Stixrud on May 1 at 8:15 am. Plus, don't miss a special breakfast for dads that same morning, starting at 7:45 am. 

Dr. Bill Stixrud, neuropsychologist and author of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, will present ways adults can give kids the gift of age-appropriate autonomy.  Help your children develop resilience and self-motivation to point them toward rewarding futures.

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  • Learn More About Dr. Stixrud

    William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and founder of The Stixrud Group, a lifespan neuropsychology practice. He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center, and he holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the George Washington School of Medicine. Additionally, Dr.
    Stixrud is a frequent lecturer, and he has authored scientific articles on Transcendental Meditation and book chapters on meditation and the integration of the arts into education. Dr. Stixrud has been quoted often in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, Scientific American, Time.com, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Barron’s, and Vogue.

    Dr. Stixrud holds a doctorate degree in School Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He did his training in neuropsychology at the Children’s Hospital of Boston (as a fellow of the Harvard Medical School) and Tufts New England Medical Center. Dr. Stixrud is also a rock and roll musician and plays in the band Close Enough.
  • Praise for "The Self-Driven Child" Book

    “In trying too hard to control their children, too often parents have unwittingly become part of the problem they’re trying to solve. Combining deep insights from clinical practice and educational coaching, Stixrud and Johnson have written a penetrating account of the chronic problems that many families now face and an incisive, practical guide to what parents can do to relieve them. . . An essential book for parents and educators everywhere.”
    —Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, Educator and New York Times Best Selling Author of Creative
    Schools

    “Compelling, revolutionary, and wise, The Self-Driven Child empowers parents with the courage, the tools, and the mindset to reduce toxic stress, and to foster our child’s capacity for resilience, success, and optimal development. Its message—that we should trust kids to have more control over their own lives—is one every parent needs to hear.”
    —Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, co-author of The Whole Brain Child and The
    Yes Brain

SSALA PRESENTS DAVID & NIC SHEFF: A FRANK DISCUSSION ABOUT ADDICTION

Sinai Akiba Academy is hosting the SSALA event with David and Nic Sheff as they share their family's very personal, emotional and, often times, heart-breaking journey through addiction and recovery. We hope parents (and teens) struggling with addiction and mental illness within their own families will find hope and encouragement as we learn about David and Nic's many failures, roadblocks and, ultimately, success on the road to recovery. More information is available online.
 

Keeping Kids ... Kids: A two-part event

February 20 at 7:00 pm - Conversation with Dr. Gail Dines and Rabbi Wolpe - Register online
In partnership with Sinai Temple, Sinai Akiba Academy presents Dr. Gail Dines, professor, author and activist, who joins Rabbi David Wolpe for a candid conversation about the hyper-sexualization of modern culture, the ways that porn images filter down into mainstream pop culture, and how these societal changes impact our children.

February 21 at 8:15 am - Break out workshops - No registration required
Follow up the conversations with a panel discussion and breakout sessions led by educational and child development experts including:
  • Dr. Nina Tepper, a child and adolescent psychologist and our school’s Human Development specialist
  • Alon Shwartz, co-founder of unGlue, focusing on responsible and moderate use of the Internet,
  • School IT specialists (through conference call) Dyvar Anderson and Doug Hinko
  • School Counselor Daisy Perez, and School Psychologist, Dr. Andrea Ackerman
  • Rabbi Andy Feig, Geoff Agnor, Shelley Lawrence
Costs
This event is free of charge for Sinai Temple members and SAA parents, and $25 for non-members.
 

  

Parent Education Program

We value the partnership between family and school, and as part of this partnership, we strive to offer programming that supports parents in their journies to raise thoughtful children who contribute positively to our world. Our goal is to not just educate children, but also to enrich the lives of our families. Throughout the year, we are excited to offer speakers and events that do just that, providing learning and networking opportunities for our community. In addition to this programming, please also review our Parenting Center offerings for a variety of parenting classes and more. 
Sinai Akiba Academy is a private Jewish day school in Los Angeles, serving students in Early Childhood through Grade 8. We also offer a variety of parenting classes and programs for children through our Parenting Center. A Sinai Temple school.