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The Blessing of a B Minus: Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers

  • Congregation Shir Hadash 20 Cherry Blossom Lane Los Gatos, CA, 95032 United States (map)

Using a framework of nine “blessings,” clinical psychologist and educator Wendy Mogel takes traditional Jewish wisdom and presents it to parents as a new way of looking at the world, at one’s own life, and at the life of the family. Together we'll look at some of those teachings and discuss ways of applying Mogel’s ideas to our own realities. It is not necessary to have read the book in advance. 

Rachel Brodie is a Jewish educator who works primarily with adult learners and specializes in designing and facilitating professional development opportunities for other Jewish educators. She served as the Chief Jewish Officer of the JCC of San Francisco from 2011-2016. Prior to that Rachel was the co-founder and Executive Director of Jewish Milestones—a not-for-profit, educational resource for Jewish lifecycle ceremonies. Currently, Rachel teaches Jewish literature, history, and ethics at a wide variety of Bay Area institutions and as a scholar-in-residence around the country.  She holds a master's degree in Rabbinic Literature from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a B.A. in Literature and History from Brown University.