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Upcoming Professional Development Webinars


Date/Time: Tuesday, January 31 from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm EST

Topic: Difficult Conversations: How to Facilitate Safe, Authentic, and Meaningful Conversations with Teens


Teens long for meaningful community and authentic conversations, but too often honest conversations are impossible because they are scared that their opinions may not be welcomed.  The Jewish concept of “arguing for the sake of heaven” can provide a structure for facilitating safe and honest discussions. In this workshop we will:

  • learn about the concept of “argument for the sake of heaven” and discuss how to apply it to contemporary issues

  • workshop creating a safe space around discussing the issue of “black lives matter”/”all lives matter” in a politically diverse group

  • Discuss the difficult conversations we would like to facilitate, and discuss how we might structure them using mahloket leshem shamayim as a model


Facilitator:  Rabbi David Siff PhD lives in Florida, and directs Kol HaLev & the Jewish Virtual Yeshiva, offering curricula to synagogues across the country. He is currently piloting "Torah and Today," a text-based curriculum which facilitates authentic conversations around significant contemporary topics.  


Registration opening soon!

Past Recorded Professional Development Webinars

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*Click photo below for the program share webinar recording. 
*Click HERE for presenter contact info.
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CLICK HERE for Plan ABC webinar notes

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Click the 'virtual programs' image to enjoy this webinar recording that features lots of ideas for teen programming in a virtual environment. It also has some suggestions for  virtual end of year celebrations and recognition...especially for seniors!
And, click here to access the master document of ideas!

CLICK HERE to view our recorded conversation about Jewish teen programming, learning, and engagement in response to the COVID-19 virus, facilitated by our friend and JTEEN member Dr. Betsy Stone. On this webinar you will hear from all kinds of Jewish professionals working with Jewish teens. We are happy to share all ideas, resources, and contact emails in the chatbox document as well. Just email to request it.

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