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    Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive

    When: Thursday, 6/4/2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Where: Online

    OFJCC Palo Alto

    Join us as New York Times bestselling author Madeline Levine, PhD, and Dr. Anita Friedman discuss what they are seeing in parents and children as we all navigate through the pandemic.

    Many parents are overwhelmed acting as workers, teachers, cooks, etc., simultaneously. Together they will explore what is an "appropriate" bar to set for ourselves, how should we be talking to our kids, how will we know when they are really in trouble, and just as important, are there any bright spots here?

    OFJCC Palo AltoMadeline Levine, PhD, is a psychologist with close to 40 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator and author. Her New York Times bestseller, The Price of Privilege, explores the reasons why teenagers from affluent families are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. Her follow-up book, Teach Your Children Well, also a New York Times bestseller, tackles our current narrow definition of success—how it unnecessarily stresses academically talented kids and marginalizes many more whose talents and interests are less amenable to measurement. Her current book, Ready or Not, focuses on how to best prepare our children and ourselves for an uncertain and rapidly changing world. Her books have been translated into multiple languages.

    Dr. Levine is also a co-founder of Challenge Success, a project at Stanford's Graduate School of Education. Challenge Success believes that our increasingly competitive world has led to tremendous anxiety about our children's futures and has resulted in a high pressure, myopic focus on grades, test scores and performance. This kind of pressure and narrow focus isn't helping our kids become the resilient, capable, meaningful contributors we need in the 21st century. Challenge Success provides families and schools with the practical research-based tools they need to raise healthy, motivated kids, capable of reaching their full potential.

    OFJCC Palo AltoDr. Anita Friedman has a distinguished record of public service, both as a professional and as a volunteer leader. Her roles in the Jewish and general communities extend from the Bay Area to the national and international arenas.


    Professionally, Dr. Friedman heads Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the largest and oldest family service institutions in the United States. JFCS programs are internationally distinguished for their excellence, innovation and compassion.

    As a speaker, lecturer and author, Dr. Friedman's expertise includes social policy and programming for diverse populations that include children, youth, families and the aged; the financing of health and human services; and the development of innovative business and social enterprise models. Dr. Friedman's expertise also includes Holocaust and genocide education. She is the editor of the recently published Rywka's Diary (Harper), now translated into 15 languages and the subject of a forthcoming film.


    This event is co-hosted by the Oshman Family JCC and JCC of San Francisco.

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    Thursday, June 4
    5:00 PM
    Free via Zoom. Link provided upon registration.
    Contact: Luba Palant | [email protected]

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