2014 Torah Home Education Conference

The 6th Annual Torah Home Education Conference will take place, G-d willing, on Sunday, May 25 2014. The conference opens with check-in at 8:15 AM with complimentary morning refreshments and concludes at 6:00 PM.   

A kosher pareve catered lunch (RCBC) 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 4pm. 

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, a Teen Panel and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:  What Happens When It Doesn't Go as Planned!?, as well as a talk for homeschooling fathers.

Tentative Schedule:

8:15   Registration

9:00   Opening remarks--Yael Aldrich

9:15   Keynote speaker--Nechama Cox "Looking Back and Forward at Homeschooling"

10:05 Session one--Avivah Werner "Creating an Abundant (Homeschool) Life"

           Session two--Rabbi Eliyahu Prero "How to Revolutionize your Child's Learning"

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 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 Neuburger "Technology and Your Homeschool"

12:35 Lunch


1:45  Teen/Young Adult panel--Toyam and Hadassah Cox, Sarah Fischbein, Chanan Schweitzer, Gavriel Eagle, Shayna Neuburger

2:35  Session one--Goldy Landau, Debbie Cohen, Yehudis Eagle "Homeschooling a Child with Special needs"

          Session two--YOU!  Shmooze all you want about homeschooling (Facilitator TBA)

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 "Homeschooling the Middle Years"

5:05  Panel--Marie Rosenthal, Nechama Cox, Yehudis Eagle "The Experts: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"

5:40  Closing Remarks-- Yael Aldrich

Speaker Bios:

Nechama Cox, Ph.D., decided to homeschool her children before they were even born. Her husband was homeschooled and thought this was the way to go! Having no idea what that really meant, she agreed, and when the first child was "school age", in 2000, she began to put it into practice. Thirteen years later, the Cox Homeschool, or Mishkan School, as they call it, is still going strong. Professionally, Dr. Cox has started and run a Jewish elementary school in London, and is currently working as a Project Manager in an aerospace company. She has a Ph.D. from University of London, King's College. She is an avid quilter, and lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband and seven children. She has homeschooled for 13 years.

Yehudis Eagle is the mother of 11 children, k"ah, each at some stage of home education, and the grandmother of a lovely toddling granddaughter. Technically, we are in our 21st year of homeschooling although that statement begs further discussion. A past coordinator of The Torah Home Education Conference, for the last two events, Yehudis is admittedly happy to just be an attendee today and to enjoy it from that perspective. Currently, she and the youngest five of her brood are sharing many musical moments and doing a lot of other fun stuff!

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.

Gaby Neuburger lives in North New Jersey with her husband and four daughters.  She has been homeschooling since the turn of the century :-)  Gaby has European Business degrees from both the UK and France. Technology is a major part of the Neuburger Family home - her husband is the Chief Technology Officer of an Internet security company and Gaby has been interested in computers since the early 1980's - wow how things have changed since then!  Yes, they do use dead trees, too.

Rabbi Eliyahu Asher Prero grew up in Chicago, Illinois where he attended Yeshivas Brisk and Fasman Yeshiva High School, in Skokie Illinois. At the age of 17, he went to Eretz Yisroel to learn in Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh, where he studied for two years under HaRav Moshe Stav and HaRav Mendel Blachman. Following a half-year stint in Yeshivas Mir Yerushalyim, Rabbi Prero learned for five years in Yeshivas Chevron- Givat Mordechai (Yerushalayim). The Roshei Yeshiva, Harav Dovid Cohen and HaRav Shlomo Katz, greatly inspired him to become a marbitz Torah. At the age of 24, after receiving s'micha from Yeshivas Chevron, he joined the faculty of Yeshivas Ohr Reuven (Monsey, New York). Starting as a part-time high school rebbi, Rabbi Prero branched out into teaching young children, post primary elementary school students, and "new beginners." Through his multi-faceted and diverse experience, he developed an innovative approach to teaching, which combines intellectual analytics, textual analysis and language in a down-to-earth and humorous manner. In addition to teaching at Yeshivas Ohr Reuven, Rabbi Prero is a Daf Yomi maggid shiur, Rosh Chabura at Kollel Rayim Ahuvim, and weekly ba'al koreh at K'hal D'var in Wesley Hills. He is currently working on his sefer, Ma'adanei Eliyahu: From K'riah to K'tzos.

Yael Resnick is a homeschooling mother of five, math teacher at The Binah School, piano teacher, writer, composer of Jewish choral music, publisher of Natural Jewish Parenting magazine, co-founder of Room613.net, and coordinator of the Room613 and NJP online communities. Yael  is also the creator of a growing collection of original curriculum materials, including a new Hebrew language program based on her unique, holistic approach to education. 

Marie Rosenthal has been home schooling for the last 16 years. She and her husband Rabbi Pinny Rosenthal have six children ages 7- 21 and have home schooled them all.Their family has moved about the NY area several times and have homeschooled from Far Rockaway, Northport, Plainview and presently from West Hempstead. She has been involved in formal and informal  Jewish education for over twenty years working with ages preschool through adult and  with all levels of Jewish background and affiliations. She has held positions of administration in  both in Hebrew School and Day Camp environments and is involved with her husband's outreach work at Manhattan Jewish Experience. When not overwhelmed with homeschooling, life and a part time job, she teaches brides  "Kallah  classes",  private lessons and teaches shiurim to adults. She is presently homeschooling her nine year old son and seven year old daughter. Her older four sons had transferred into standard Yeshiva education track around the middle school years with ease. Her boys succeeded at Rambam Mesivta in Lawrence where two continued study at Mevaseret Yerushalayim and  one will be attending Torat Shraga in the fall. 

Marie is a graduate of the Yeshivah of Flatbush High School, Michlelet Bruriah,  and Matan, and holds degrees in Economics from Queens College and a MA in Jewish Studies from Touro College. Some of her past  teaching venues include Jewish Public School Youth, Counterpoint Australia/Winnipeg, Various Religious schools, Ramaz Upper School and Torah Academy of Suffolk County.

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 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/carmiyaweinraub  (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, avivahwerner.com, 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.  

More Bios soon...

Topics and Panels:

Keynote:  Looking Back and Forward at Homeschooling (Nechama Cox) has been homeschooling for thirteen years.  As her oldest child "graduates", she looks at the lessons learned over the course of his education, and how she will put those lessons into practice with the rest of her children.

Creating an Abundant Life (Avivah Werner) Is homeschooling inspiring and energizing you?  Avivah Werner will discuss the pitfalls that steal joy and satisfaction from your homeschooling efforts.  Put aside the guilt and the pressure to be the perfect homeschooling parent.  If you want to be happier, more connected to yourself and more connected to your children - and in the process supercharge your homeschooling - How to Live an Abundant Life will give you philosophical and practical suggestions for how to bring more abundance into your life.

How to Revolutionize your Child's Learning (Rabbi Eliyahu Prero) In this session you will learn:

1.       The basics of teaching Hebrew Reading, and how it differs from English Reading.

2.       What specific expectations and milestones should a student reach?

3.       How to teach language from context, and turn a relatively dry subject into something exciting!

4.        How a parent should prepare for teaching his/her child.

Raise your FLAG:  How to Help Kids Reach their Potential with Focused Learning and Achievement Goals (Yael Resnick) One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you can tailor what your children learn exactly to their needs. They can slow down when they need to slow down, catch up when they need to catch up-and when they're ready to leap ahead, there is nothing to hold them back. You can help your child succeed by letting go of the pressure to do it all, or to do what "everyone else" is doing, or what schools are doing, and instead creating specific, achievable learning goals targeted to your child. I will give some examples of how to create "focused learning and achievement goals" and then lead you through an exercise to start thinking of your own targeted strategy for your child. This workshop will start you on a path toward a more positive, energizing, and effective homeschooling experience!

Finding Your Homeschooling Kodesh Style (Marie Rosenthal) Teaching a living Torah at home.  Deciding on long-term and short-term goals in Limudei Kodesh and how to find the method that will work for you.

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.

Technology and Your Homeschool (Gaby Neuberger) How to make the most of technology in your homeschool. What resources are out there? Technology innovation in education.  Limudei Kodesh and Technology.  Laptop, iPad,  Android,  Kindle... How to choose.

Teen/Young Adult Panel: Seeing Homeschooling Through Their Eyes This session gives you the chance to listen to as ask your questions of teens and young adults fortunate enough to have been homeschooled at some point in their lives. 

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.

Homeschooling the Middle Years (Yehudis Eagle) Let's take a look at some of the Middle Schoolers found in the Torah. What lessons and valuable direction can be derived from their experiences? Furthermore, let's explore what types of learning our middle schoolers will likely find to be most useful as they prepare to become responsible members of the Jewish Community.


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.

Note the change! Deadline for childcare registration is Wednesday, May 21, 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 more information!  Email torahhomeeducation@gmail.com for more information.



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The Moriah School
53 South Woodland St, Englewood, NJ, USA
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  • When: 25 May 2014, 09:00 AM to 25 May 2014, 06:00 PM. Where: The Moriah School, 53 South Woodland St, Englewood, NJ .