Parenting Seminars

Cultivating Kavod: How to Take Care of your Child, Family, and Yourself 

JCC East Bay is an inclusive community; all are welcome. Seminars are FREE to attend - Registration REQUIRED | Childcare (2+): $10 per child
Seminars in Berkeley will include topics like setting positive boundaries with difficult behaviors, respecting yourself and others, being a partner as well as a parent, mindful parenting, and the permission to take care of yourself.

Fostering Healthy Boundaries and Creating a Culture of Respect

with Zephira Derblich-Milea, Shalom Bayit
Sunday, November 4, 10:30 AM—12 PM | Gan Shalom: 2230 Jefferson Ave, Berkeley

How do we create a culture where we value, honor, and respect each other's boundaries? We have to learn from our past and look towards our future to create the world in which we want our children to liven. An important place to start is teaching our children how to identify and respectfully set their own boundaries while also respecting other people's. It is important that we teach all children in our lives how to respectfully communicate with their peers, in the classroom and beyond.

There will be ample time and opportunity for participants to ask questions, discuss concerns, or address specific situations.

Zephira Derblich-Milea, Youth Program Manager at Shalom Bayit, has worked as a violence prevention educator for over 15 years. Zephira was awarded the prestigious Helen Diller Award for Excellence in Informal Jewish Education. She has led inspiring and informative workshops at a variety of conferences.



Addressing Challenging Behaviors & Limit Setting

with Rachel Biale, MSW
Sunday, January 13, 10:30 AM—12 PM | JCC East Bay: 1414 Walnut St, Berkeley

The seminar will address setting boundaries and limits with toddlers and preschoolers in ways that enhance children’s positive sense of self, encourages them to feel both empowered and protected, and maintains parents’ sanity. We will focus on your specific questions, so come with your quandaries of “what to do when…”

Rachel Biale, MSW earned a BA and MA in Jewish History at UCLA and an MSW at Yeshiva University. She’s worked as a clinical social worker at and in the Bay Area Jewish community in various capacities. She has a parenting counseling practice ( and wrote a parenting advice column for the J. for three years.



Mindful Parenting

with Rabbi Margie Jacobs
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30-8 PM | Cong. Beth El: 1301 Oxford St, Berkeley

In this workshop, we will explore tools to care for ourselves as we care for our children. We will draw from our ancient texts and utilize practical techniques to cultivate relaxation, connection and joy within our families and to reduce stress in our busy lives.

Rabbi Margie Jacobs has taught mindfulness meditation for 15 years. She served as the regional director of the Institute for Jewish spirituality and rabbi of temple Beth Hillel in Richmond, CA. and is the mother of two daughters.



Being a Parent & a Partner

with Josh Gressel, PhD
Wednesday, May 1, 6:30-8 PM | Cong. Netivot Shalom: 1316 University Ave, Berkeley 

Why Your Relationship Doesn't Feel Like What You See in the Movies: Effectively Communicating with Your Partner While Parenting

This seminar will present a theoretical overview for why it is so much easier to fall in love than it is to stay in love, and for why it's positive and necessary that couples struggle with each other. There will also be a live demonstration with a volunteer couple for a method of communication any couple can use to transform their power struggle into connection.

Josh Gressel, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified Imago therapist with over 30 years’ experience with adults and couples.



For more information, please contact Early Childhood Education Director, Ruth Petersen Shorer at 510.848.0237, ext. 122 or