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Risky Business: How Parents Can Help Pre-Teens & Teens Make Good Choices

May 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

This is a program brought to you by the Jewish Education Collaborative

We all know that the adolescent years are filled with physical, cognitive, and emotional changes that manifest themselves in a myriad of ways. How can you as a parent foster safe habits and healthy risk-taking so that the preteens and teens in your life emerge from this period healthy, thriving, and resilient?

Together with Moving Traditions, we will explore messages teens receive about risks and courage from media, society, and Judaism and the developmental and evolutionary aspects of taking risks. Parents will consider where to draw the line between acceptable or unacceptable risk-taking behaviors and reflect on how they might help their pre-teens and teens make thoughtful, healthy, and safe decisions.

Vice President of Program

Pamela Barkley

In charge of overseeing the development and implementation of Moving Traditions programmatic offerings

Pamela Barkley, Vice President of Program (she/her/hers), is in charge of overseeing the development and implementation of Moving Traditions programmatic offerings. Pam works with a team of gifted educators to bring the magic of caring connection and Jewish insight to teens, teachers, parents and clergy. She brings over 25 years of experience in facilitation, education, training and coaching as well as a deep passion for finding opportunities for personal growth in herself and others. Pam has a BA from Brandeis University and an MSW from NYU. She is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer and is currently pursuing an Executive Masters in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College. When not engaged in all things Jewish, Pam can be found dancing anywhere and everywhere, hiking in the woods listening to podcasts, or walking on the beach with her husband and twin daughters.
Director of Teen Education

Alisha Pedowitz

Inspires Jewish youth to live and act as their fullest selves

Alisha Pedowitz is the Director of Teen Education (she/her/hers), inspiring Jewish youth to live and act as their fullest selves. Alisha believes that when we support teens in aligning and actualizing their values within themselves, between one another, and within society, we help them flourish. She has worked as an educator and communal professional at Jewish camps, schools, and agencies throughout California, and serves on the Board of Directors at JQ International. Alisha holds an MA Ed. with a Concentration in Experiential Education, an MBA in Nonprofit Management, a BA in Hebrew letters from American Jewish University, and a BA in Psychology from Stanford University.  Besides work, her happy place is hiking in the outdoor beauty surrounding Los Angeles with her partner, two teenage children, and Dillon, her loveable Pit Bull/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix.

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(Monday-Friday school)

Questions? Please contact Rabbi Elana Perry.

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May 10
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm