Saturday, April 26, 2014

2014 Torah Home Education Conference

The 5th Annual Torah Home Education Conference will take place, G-d willing, on Sunday, May 25, 2014.  This year's location is the Moriah School of Englewood, NJ - next to Teaneck and just 10 minutes from NYC!

The conference opens with check-in at 8:15 a.m. with complimentary morning refreshments and concludes at 6:00 PM.   

A kosher catered lunch will be served. The cost is $15 per meal and can be purchased along with your registration.

Vendors will be on hand to display and sell the materials they've created to enhance your Torah homeschooling experience. It will be possible to visit these vendors from the lunch period through the end of the day. 

Our confirmed speakers are Avivah Werner, Nechama Cox, Leah Fine, Dena Schweitzer, Chai Gross, and many, many others.  We will have sessions on:

  • Hebrew for the Homeschooling Parent
  • High School/College/Yeshiva/Seminary preparation
  • Home with a Pre-schooler?
  • Homeschooling your Child with Special Needs
  • Schedules and your Homeschool
  • Teen Panel
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:  What Happens When It Doesn't Go as Planned!?
  • Talks by homeschooling fathers and communal rabbis.

Tentative Schedule:

8:15   Registration
9:00   Opening remarks--Yael Aldrich
9:15   Keynote speaker--Nechama Cox
10:05 Session one--Aviva Werner "Maintaining Energy in Family Life"
           Session two--Rabbi Yehudah Prero "How to Teach Hebrew Reading/Chumash/Gemara"
10:55 Session one--Yael Resnick  "Raise your FLAG:  How to Help Kids Reach their Potential with Focused Learning and Achievement Goals"
           Session two--Marie Beth Rosenthal "Finding Your Homeschooling Kodesh Style"
11:45 Session one--Chai Gross "The Work-Box System: Cornerstone of a Self-Propelled School Day"
           Session two-- Gaby Neuberger "Technology and Your Homeschool"
12:35 Lunch
1:45  Teenage panel--Toyam and Hadassah Cox, Sarah Fischbein
2:35  Panel one--Goldy Landau, Debbie Cohen, Leah Samuels "Homeschooling a Child with Special needs"
          Panel two--Rabbi Ovadiah "A Rabbinical Look at Homeschooling"
3:25  Session one--A Homeschooling Husbands' Perspective
          Session two--Leah Fine "Interdisciplinary Child-Led Learning"
4:15  Session one--Dena Schweitzer "How to Prepare for High School/College/Seminary"  
          Session two--Ilana Masri and Carmiya Weinreb "Through Their Eyes: Homeschooling the Preschool Years"
         Session three--Yehudis Eagle "Middle Schoolers"
5:05  Panel--Marie Beth Rosenthal, Evelyn Krieger, Yehudis Eagle "The Experts: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"
5:40  Closing Remarks-- Yael Aldrich

Speaker Bios:
Chai Gross, CLC, lives in Jacksonville, FL with her husband and four children.  Chai homeschools her three boys (ages 8,7,and 6) and her three year old daughter attends preschool at Torah Academy of Jacksonville.  Chai grew up in Israel, attended Bruriah High School in Elizabeth, NJ, and graduated from Stern College for Women with a degree in fine arts.  She is a certified life coach and a founding member of MCAA, a support group for mothers of children with ADD/ADHD.

Ilana Masri received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University and her masters in Speech-Language Pathology from CUNY Brooklyn College.  She currently works as a part time speech therapist  while home educating her three children in Brooklyn, NY.  Homeschooling her preschoolers has provided her family the opportunity to slow down, appreciate their times together, and strengthen their family bond.

Carmiya Weinraub is the current leader for the Tot Shabbat program at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR) for children age six months  to three years.  She has been leading this weekly program since August 2009.  She has co-led a weekly toddler and caregiver program for ages 15 to 36 months.  She also developed a weekly tefillah program for homeschooling families.  She holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University.  She is unschooling her four kids (6, 4, 2, and 3 months).  To listen to clips from her Tot Shabbat album, please visit  (all proceeds benefit the youth Department of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale).

Avivah Werner is an inspiration to Jewish homeschoolers, having created J-LIFT, Baltimore's online Jewish home education support network as well as the Torah Home Education conference.  A wife and mother of ten children (ka"h) ages 1-20, many of whom are currently homeschooling, Avivah lived in Baltimore for many years and recently made aliyah.  Her blog,, is a resource for both general parenting as well as homeschooling advice.  It displays Avivah's keen insight into the needs of each of her children as an individual as well as the needs of her family as a whole.  In her talk, Creating an Abundant Life, Avivah will address the factors that drain the energy and passion from a family and how revitalization can be achieved.   

More Bios soon...

Topics and Panels:

The Work-Box System: Cornerstone of the Self-Propelled School Day (Chai Gross)
When people hear that I homeschool, they often wonder how I do it all.  How do I teach multiple ages, juggle multiple curricula, and still have time for the rest of life?  What about when one child has special needs?  Come join me as we discuss full day scheduling and the Work-Box System, techniques designed to capitalize on the homeschool environment and maximize the degree to which our children can engage in self-propelled learning.  Full day scheduling unlocks us from the limitations of traditional school-day thinking.  The Work-Box System provides a healthy balance between self-guided learning and pre-conceived structure in a format that allows parents the space to attend to the rest of life.  Children can thrive with the Work-Box System even if self-guided learning does not come naturally to them.

Through their Eyes:  Homeschooling the Preschool Years (Ilana Masri and Carmiya Weinraub)
The preschool years are full of wonder and discovery.  This workshop will explore ways to foster a love of learning in our children through play, art, music, literature, field trips, Torah and much more.  Discover creative ways to incorporate learning in everyday activities and a variety of approaches  you can implement in your home.

Check back soon for more...

Special thanks to:  Gaby N., Debbie C., Rea B., Sophie T., Ilana M., Rochelle K., Sara R., Yehudis E., Dalia S., Tsippy S., Ilana G., Devoiry, Karen Z., Noa B., Dena S., Rachel L., Channa Leah S., Arielle S., Kim Z., Rivkah H., and everyone else who has helped with the conference so far!

We have arranged childcare for children of parents attending the conference onsite.  Lunch, snacks, cuddles and a whole day of fun will be provided at the reasonable rates below.
First/One Child (ka"h):  $55
Second Child (ka"h):  $35 
Third (or more ka"h) Children:  $20 EACH CHILD
So, if you have four children coming to the conference, you'd pay $55+$35+$20+$20=$130 for childcare for your children.

Deadline for childcare registration is Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Childcare fees are non-refundable.

Childcare is for children up to age 11.  If you have children ages 12-15 that you plan to bring to the conference, please let us know and if there is sufficient interest, we may be able to arrange a trip for this age group.  Children who are 16 and older are welcome to register and attend the conference for free again this year. 

Please check back for location and more information!  Email for more information.



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    1. The Moriah School of Englewood NJ (next to Teaneck), just 10 minutes from NYC.