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Program Schedule

Resilient Parenting: Tweens and Teens

5-week session | Wednesdays, January 19–February 16

$50 per person
Join JCC Chicago’s licensed clinical social worker, Sam Savin for weekly meetings where parents can share strategies and struggles while addressing topics such as supporting your teen with mental health issues, dealing with conflict, staying connected with your teen, addressing difficult and uncomfortable conversations, raising resilient children, and how to maintain your own sanity! With an increase in social media and let’s not forget the global pandemic, every parent’s limit (and sanity) is being tested. This program is for parents with tweens and teens ages 12-18.

Samantha SavinLed by Sam Savin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at JCC Chicago, Resilient Parenting is a professionally facilitated support group for parents of tweens and teens to share their experiences and support each other through this challenging and confusing developmental period.








Virtual Yoga

Sun., January 23 | 9:00–9:45am
Wed., February 16 | 6:30–7:15pm

Get strong, get centered, get what you need! Join ‘Z’ Frank Apachi Director Stacey Skolnick for a virtual 45-minute Vinyasa Flow yoga class. We welcome yogis of all levels to stretch, strengthen their muscles and relax!

Stacey SkolnickStacey Skolnick has been practicing yoga for 25 years and teaching for 10. She received her certification through Yogaview in Chicago.







Grand Artists

Sun., January 23

Join us for a multi-generational virtual art project. Whether you live near or far, come together to learn about Jewish artists while creating a unique and tangible family memory. This program is geared towards grand friends and grand children ages 5 years and older.

Bari FleischerLed by Bari Fleischer, Local Artist and Chair of Graphic Arts and Design at the Blitstein Institute.








Big Conversations with Little Children: Addressing Questions, Worries and Fears

Thurs., January 27

To raise a child is to constantly expect the unexpected, as they really DO say (and ask) the darndest things! For this author talk, we’ll welcome Dr. Lauren Starnes, an expert in the field of early childhood, who will share about her new book, Big Conversations with Little Children: Addressing Questions, Worries and Fears. Dr. Starnes’s insightful and timely guide tackles those “tough topics” – the ones that often cause adults to pause, silence the child, or deflect the conversation entirely due to our own discomfort. These include topics around family, illness and death, social issues, and upheaval and violence. This program is geared towards parents of children who are infants – 10 years old.

Lauren StarnesDr. Starnes’s Big Conversations with Little Children empowers educators and families to answer sensitive or tough questions children pose, respond to their worries and concerns, and be prepared for an ongoing dialogue. Dr. Starnes will follow her talk with an open Q&A session for participants to ask their most pressing questions.

Dr. Lauren Starnes, Ed.D., early childhood expert and author of Big Conversations with Little Children: Addressing Questions, Worries and Fears








Instant Pot 101: Taking the Pressure out of Meal Prep

Sun., January 30

Winter Warmer-Uppers (vegetable soup, risotto, chicken and dumplings, steel cut oats)

Sun., February 27

Kid-Friendly Favorites (mac & cheese, hibachi fried rice with vegetables, meatballs)


$18 for one cooking session/ $25 for both
Join educator and “Instant Pot guru” Lawrence Levine for virtual interactive cooking demos to help you overcome your Instant Pot intimidation. Guiding participants step-by-step and answering questions along the way, Lawrence will show you that preparing quick, hearty and delicious meals doesn’t have to put YOU under pressure. This program is geared towards anyone looking to make meal prep easier.

Participants will receive an email one week prior to the program with all recipes and shopping lists.







Circle Time with Rena

Sundays, February 6–27
Facebook Live

Join Rena Rosen, JCC Chicago Inclusion Coordinator, on Facebook Live every Sunday morning in February for an engaging story and song session. Book themes will focus on friendship, kindness, and empathy. Parents, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while your child enjoys familiar songs and engaging stories, all from the comfort of your family room! This is geared for ages 5 and below.

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