Torah Home Education Conference

Welcome to the fourth Torah Home Education Conference!

We are working to bring you the very best information, inspiration, networking, and vendor displays, both for veteran Torah homeschoolers and those just beginning their journey.

Currently, our lineup of workshops include:

  • Integrating Kodesh and Chol: Secular Subjects and Torah - Two Sides of the Same Coin presented by Mrs. Deborah Beck

Do you see your school day as being split between Torah subjects and secular subjects? Is the morning for HaShem and the afternoon for earning a parnasa someday? Or is your day a mixture of things that will bring you and your child closer to HaShem?Is the morning for HaShem and the afternoon for earning a parnasa someday? Or is yourDo you see your school day as being split between Torah subjects and secular subjects?s the morning for HaShem and the afternoon for earning a parnasa someday? Or is youray a mixture of things that will bring you and your child closer to Haday a mixture of things that will bring you and your child closer to HaSh

  • Different Perspectives On Bringing Technology Into Our Homes by Mrs. Rivkah Harper 

We will explore various schools of thought about the use of technology to enhance learning. The different philosophies will be expounded upon so that we can choose how to include them in our children's education.

  • Homeschooling with Confidence: Believing in V’Shinantem L’Vanecha presented by Mrs. Susan Lapin

Homeschooling is often a courageous act. Parents, motivated by what’s best for their children, walk away from following the proscribed, routine path. Instead of being applauded, many of us face family, community, rabbinic and peer criticism. We also question ourselves, especially when we hit a rough patch. Learn how to gain strength knowing you are on a Torah path and following a road which has a track record of success. 


  • Veteran Homeschooler Panel: Addressing Key Questions Including "How Can I Teach What I Never Learned?"

  • Whether the Homeschooling Community Should Promote Homeschooling as a Lifestyle Choice to Address Communal Issues facilitated group discussion led by Mr. Max Masinter

A facilitated discussion of whether the Orthodox homeschooling community should create an organization to promote homeschooling in the broader Jewish community as a potential solution to problems facing the American orthodox community generallyincluding: connectivity, the tuition crisis, and the breakdown of the Jewish family.

  • Raising Independent Learners by Mrs. Evelyn Krieger, author of "One Is Not a Lonely Number"

Do your children need you every minute of their lessons and activities? Or maybe youare wondering how to start your little ones on the path to independent learning? Our kids come to us hard-wired to learn. When they are very little, we can't stop them from exploring! Once they reach school-age, academic learning begins to demand more from them in terms of skills, discipline, attention, and practice. When children can follow directions, plan, review, problem-solve, and carry out a task on their own, they feel good about themselves. Helping your child become an independent learner sets the stage for a lifetime of learning. This workshop will address the main components of independent learning: motivation, environment, skills, and practice--and how parents can cultivate these at home.

  • Gishmei Bracha: Financial Literacy In Your Homeschool presented by Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz


  • Bright Beginnings: The Joy of Learning with Little Ones by Mrs. Jennifer MacLeod

There's no reason to fear the preschool years!  Homeschooling little ones is easy and fun, even if you didn't have a thorough Jewish education yourself.  Learn how to find and create  materials - and use what you already have! - to start learning Hebrew reading, Yom Tov, parsha, tefillah, and more.

  • Managing It All: How Do I Homeschool, Do Housework, Prepare for Holidays... With a Smile? by Dr. Jennifer Green

Homeschooling means that the house is well lived in. Juggling learning, housework,chores, and preparation for holidays can be a big challenge! And our attitudes are contagious for the whole family. We can all use some tips and tricks to help us find how to make it work. This workshop will help you identify your goals and organize to meet them, work out your routines, and prepare for chagim, guests, and events - with simcha!

  • Homeschooling the Middle Years: Bar Mitzva, Bat Mitzva and Beyond presented by Mrs. Shoshana Zohari

When your child reaches age ten, a new era begins for the homeschooling family.  Just a few years away from bat and bar mitzvah, girls and boys are ready for more advanced learning, increased social opportunities, and a deeper understanding of their Jewishness.  These are  years rich with their own opportunities and challenges.  This workshop will explore ways to encourage and nurture your children as they enter into Jewish adulthood.  Learn creative ways for kids to set goals and identify personal talents and passions that will propel them into an intellectually meaningful and Jewishly rich future.

Mrs. Gila Haor, a special educator, will be available for consultation throughout the day of the conference. If you're interested in reserving a slot, be in touch with her at

Shabbos hospitality is available.  For hospitality information contact Tova Brody at 410-504-7798 or

Childcare and older children activiites will be available.  More details will be forthcoming as we have them.  Inquiries about childcare can be directed to Alisa Mandel,

Teenage homeschool students who would like to attend the conference may attend at NO CHARGE (with an attending parent).   Donation appreciated.

Information will be updated regularly.

Speaker Bios:

Chana B. Cox has a Ph.D. from ColumbiaUniversity and a BA in Mathematics from ReedCollege. She is a Senior Lecturer Emerita in
the Humanities at Lewis and Clark College. She is also a playwright and author.  She now speaks on K-12 curriculum in America.  For a
year or two she was also Vice President of Curriculum at the local Torah Mesorah school near her home in Portland, Oregon.

Deborah Beck has done a lot of things over the years; she has worked in animation, written and painted Ketuboth, and for three years she taught Judaic studies with kindergarten students in a Jewish day school. However the most difficult, challenging, and rewarding job she’s ever done has been homeschooling her four boys for the past 18 years. Two of those boys have graduated from Georgia Tech, one will be entering college in the fall, and she currently has an 8th grader at home. Her oldest son is married to another homeschooler, and they hope to homeschool their own children. Deborah and her husband Larry live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Jennifer Green is the lucky mom to four great kids ranging from 7 to 1. She earned a PhD in Psychology, teaches college courses online, learns with her kids at home, and moves around the world with her family. She empowers her kids to help with clear expectations; making and using goals, lists, and routines is her specialty. She also blogsabout organizing and life at

Gila Haor holds a Masters in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University. She is the proud mother of four daughters and has lived in Baltimore for five and half years. Gila has taught in a variety of special education settings for over 15 years.  She is a trained facilitator for All Kinds of Minds and is also a trained Instructional Coach.  After two years as a special education consultant for the Center for Jewish Education, Gila joined SHEMESH as the Instructional Coordinator in 2009, where she is responsible for professional development.

Rivkah Harper has been homeschooling for 7 years and is the author of "Having a Better Marriage: A Woman's Guide."  She and her husband, Yehuda, have four boys ranging from 2-11 years.  They currently live in Rochester, NY.

Evelyn Krieger lives, learns, and works with her family in Sharon, Massachusetts. Evelyn wears many hats: writer, learning specialist, dance instructor, Yaldah PR manager, and homeschooling mom of seven years. Her first children's novel, One Is not A Lonely Number, was a 2011 Honor Book from the Association of Jewish Libraries. Evelyn is the proud mother of three independent learners: Leah Larson Caras, 21, Sam Larson, 18, and Audrey Larson, 14. As strong believers in, "al pi darko", Evelyn and her husband allowed their children to each take different schooling paths--and that has made all the difference.

Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, Susan Lapin had no idea that marriage would entail sailing across the Pacific or homeschooling seven children. After 16 years of homeschooling she now writes and produces books and audio CDs with her husband, Rabbi Daniel Lapin.  Her Susan’s Musings blog goes to over 37,000 subscribers each week.

Having sent her two older children through Jewish day schools, Jennifer M. MacLeod didn't want to miss out on  being with her younger two children through their precious early years,  and resolved to homeschool them as long as they were all having fun.   The kids are now 7 and 4, and she continues to learn, play, grow and  explore with them in Toronto, Canada.

Rebecca (Lapin) Masinter considers herself fortunate to have been homeschooled from fifth through ninth grades.  She then joyously transitioned to "mainstream school" and graduated Bais Yaakov of Denver, Binah Seminary, and Towson University on a full academic scholarship. She has always been passionate about Jewish education and is thrilled to currently homeschool her five children in Baltimore.  She has been a standardized test tutor for ten years and now tutors her unique ACTPrep curriculum in person and online ( for the science ACT test.

Max Masinter is the father of five home schooled children and is a corporate lawyer in Potomac Maryland. Max left his undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri to pursue a yeshiva education at Ohr Somayach Yeshiva and the Yeshiva of Greater Washington, and attended law school at Georgetown University.

Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz is a lifelong Jewish educator, author and lecturer. He currently serves as Executive Director of Project Ya’alehV’Yavo, Inc. where he designs cutting edge environmental programs for Jewish youth that take place in both the classroom and on his farm in southern Vermont. His programs combine Torah and environmental sensibilities, and they highlight personal empowerment, sustainability, optimism and fun.  Rabbi Simenowitz is a sought-after public speaker and scholar-in-residence. He has lectured and conducted workshops about his unique programs and insights for such diverse groups as CAJE (The Conference for Alternatives in Jewish Education), COEJL (Coalition for the Environment and Jewish Living), CanfeiNesharim, B’nai Tzedek, NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), TEVA, HAZON, ADAMA, VMSMA (Vermont Maple Syrup Makers Association) and others. He brings passion and a deep sense of conviction (not to mention a wicked sense of humor) to everything he does.

Shoshana Zohari graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Utah with a degree in Middle East Studies.  She and her husband Nachshon use their full range of talents, skills and beliefs to teach their four children (ages 13, 10, 8, and 5) both Jewish and secular subjects.  As Lubavitcher chasidim they take every opportunity to infuse their children with a sense of joy and attachment to Hashem in all that they do.  The Zohari family has been homeschooling full-time since  2003.  As the kids like to say, "We have never been to 'out' school!"  The Zohari family lives, learns and loves to hike in the beautiful State of Colorado.  This is her second time attending the Torah Home Education Conference and her first time as a presenter.


Sun, May 06, 2012, 08:15 AM   Start
Sun, May 06, 2012, 05:30 PM   End
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5700 Park Heights Ave.
Baltimore, MD, USA
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  • When: 06 May 2012, 08:15 AM to 06 May 2012, 05:30 PM. Where: Park Heights JCC, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore.