CAJE plans annual Yom Limmud Day of Discovery for teens, parents

Rabbi Susan Talve speaks at CAJE’s Yom Limmud Day of Discovery in 2009. File photo: Mike Sherwin

CAJE’s Yom Limmud Day of Discovery for Jewish teens in grades 8-12 will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20 at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road. Eleven unique and exciting workshop choices, representing a spectrum of interests, begin the day for the 300 teens expected to attend. Workshops are: Advocateen 4 Israel; The Art & Science of Songleading; The Civil Rights Movement; Making an Impact; No Question is Taboo!; Risky Business; Soul Power; Tough Jews: Did They Really Exist?; What Do You Bring To the Table?; Yoga & Body Image; YouTube and the Jewish You. Presenters include rabbis, educators and youth workers from the St. Louis community.

During the second part of the day, teens will meet with nationally renowned Teen Advocate and “youthologist” Vanessa Van Petten.  Van Petten has a popular teen website radicalparenting.com, which she writes with 120 teens to help parents and young adults get an honest and open view into the world and mind of youth. During the special teen event, “I’ll Text You When I Need You,” she will show teens how to communicate with parents and friends in a way that makes everyone happy.  

Van Petten is also the keynote speaker for a new parent event at Yom Limmud, “Text Me When Dinner’s Ready: Learn How to Communicate and Decode Your Teen,” which will take place from 10 to 11:15 a.m., while teens are in their workshops.  All parents who want to improve communication with their teen are invited to attend.


Yom Limmud is sponsored by the Central Agency for Jewish Education, local BBYO, JSU, NCSY, NFTY & USY chapters, and the St. Louis Jewish Educators and Youth Professionals Councils.

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For more information, contact Maxine Weil at 314-442-3757.