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Third Annual Torah Home Education Conference

April 14, 2011 2 comments

Join us in Baltimore, MD on May 29, 2011 for the Third Annual Torah Home Education Conference!  We have another fantastic schedule planned to encourage, inspire, and educate you – whether you’re at the beginning of your search for information about homeschooling or a veteran homeschooler, you’ll find something here to interest you!

The conference will once again be held in the Park Heights JCC, in the conference rooms on the second floor –  5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215.  Check-in begins at 8:15 am, and the conference ends at 5 pm.   There is ample parking on site.  Lunch can be purchased at the Eden Cafe, a dairy restaurant on the first floor of the JCC that is has kashrus supervision from the Star-K of Baltimore.  (Please contact them directly with questions about their menu; a copy of the menu is available online.)   Special hotel pricing is available to conference attendees. A variety of Jewishly oriented curriculum will be available to view, and Jewish learning games and activities will be available to purchase.

The cost for this wonderful program is $50 per person, $90 per couple.  If you’d like to save some money (and who doesn’t? :)), take advantage of the discounted early registration prices by completing your registration by April 29; the discounted prices are $40 per individual, or $75 per couple.  After this date, the regular prices will apply. 

Registration and payment must be completed online.   Child care will be available and will be paid for separately; payment for child care must be made in full by May 20.  For questions about child care, please contact Alisa  at 410-963-2977 or after Pesach.

Below is a list of the speakers and topics (more will be added) – the schedule will be posted closer to the conference date:

– Homeschooling The Young Family – Mrs. Rebecca Masinter

 – ADHD: Who Says? and So What? A Discussion about ADHD as a diagnosis, and how it may impact our families. – Dr. Hadassah Aaronson

– Choosing to Homeschool: A second generation perspective – Mr. Isaiah Cox

– Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling: Getting Started – Mrs. Ahuvah Feldman

– Facilitated discussion – topic to be announced

– The Elephant in the Room – Acknowledging and Dealing with Burnout – Mrs. Avivah Werner

– Homeschooled Teen Girls Share – panel discussion

– Homeschooling Your Teenager – Capturing the Opportunities and Handling the Technicalities – Mrs. Viva Hammer

–  The Virtual Jewish Homeschooling Community: Accessing the internet for learning, friendship, and support – Rabbi Yosef Resnick

– “Children in a Homeschool Environment: Socially Deprived OR Selectively Engaged?” – Dr. Hadassah Aaronson

To register, please visit, where you can complete your registration and payment.

(If you can’t attend, the presentations will be recorded and will be available for purchase after the conference in our digital store.  There are currently digital recordings available in the store from the last two years.  )

We look forward to greeting you at the conference!


Torah Home Education recordings available

July 8, 2010 Leave a comment

This morning I reminded myself that I needed to notify you that the recordings of the conference are available for purchase, but before I did this evening I got an email from a blog reader wanting to know what was happening with them! Sorry to keep you wondering and waiting! I haven’t even contacted the conference attendees who requested to be notified when they were available – I’ve just been so busy.

But the recordings are available as mp3 files, and they’re great! You don’t know what a source of pleasure it is for me to make these available, since there isn’t anything available for the Orthodox community except for these. I love knowing that people all over the world who can’t come to the conference in person can still benefit from hearing these in their own homes!

Here’s a list of all the recordings available, from last year and this year. As you can see, different topics were covered each year so they reinforce and complement each other.

– “Minimizing Outsider Syndrome” – Mrs. Malky Adler (2010)

– “The Challenges In Our Yeshivos” – Rabbi Yosef Bentzion Bamberger (2010)

“The Myth of Socialization” – Dr. Nechama Cox (2009)

“Teaching Tefilla (Prayer): More than Technicalities” – Mrs. Yehudis Eagle (2010)

“Homeschooling and Marriage: Stressing or Strengthening?” – Mr. Mort Fertel, author of Marriage Fitness

“Home Education and the Oral Tradition” – Rabbi Simcha Feuerman (2010)

“Chanoch l’naar al pi darko – What does it mean for us?” – Rabbi Menachem Goldberger (2009)

“Teaching Chumash with Rashi” – Dr. Russell Jay Hendel (2010)

“When the Torah Directs: ‘And You Shall Teach Them to Your Children’ – Does it really mean what it says?” Rabbi Daniel Lapin, author of America’s Real War (2010)

“Life After Homeschooling – How Do Kids Integrate?” Mrs. Susan Lapin (2010)

“Learning in Their Own Way – Home Education for Different Learning Styles” – Mrs. Chana Lazaroff (2010)

“Strengthening Your Family Through Homeschooling” -Mrs. Rivka Malka Perlman (2009)

“Don’t Break the Bank! Home Education on a Shoestring” – Mrs. Avivah Werner (2010)

“Teaching the Multi-Age Family” – Mrs. Avivah Werner (2009)

“Yes, You Can Be Your Child’s Rebbe – Teaching Limudei Kodesh” – Rabbi Osher Werner, author of Pharoah and the Fabulous Frog Invasion (2009)

The mp3s are $7 each. If you’re interested in any of the recordings, let me know (avivahwerner at yahoo dot com – replace the ‘at’ and ‘dot’ with the normal punctuation). You can pay via Paypal or check.


2nd Annual Torah Home Education Conference schedule

March 3, 2010 7 comments
The Second Annual Torah Home Education Conference will take place on June 13, 2010 from 8 am – 5 pm in Baltimore, MD.  There are childcare options for infants – age 3, a day camp for children ages 4 – 10, and a teen girls get together for ages 11 – 17. This is the only event of its kind taking place anywhere in the country, and will be just one day, so don’t miss your chance!

The schedule and brief bios of speakers are below, and if you want more info you can visit or be in touch with one of the contact people listed at the bottom. Please share this with anyone you know who may be interested!

Second Annual Torah Home Education Conference Schedule

8:15 registration

9 – 9:15 – Introduction – Mrs. Avivah Werner– “The Road Less Traveled”

9:15 – 10:15 –

keynote speaker – Rabbi Daniel Lapin– “And You Shall Teach Them to Your Children – Does it really mean what it says?”

10:25 – 11:15 –

a) Mrs. Susan Lapin – “Life After Homeschooling – What does it look like?”

b) Mrs. Yehudis Eagle – “Teaching Tefilla (Prayer): More than Technicalities”

11:25 – 12:15 – general session – Rabbi Yosef Benzion Bamberger– “The Challenges In Our Yeshivos”

12:20 – 1:50 Lunch (enjoy fellowship over lunch in the Eating Together Room, browse curriculums in Center for Jewish Education)

1:55 – 2:45 pm –

a) Mrs. Avivah Werner – Home Education on a Shoestring

b) Mrs. Chana Lazaroff – Home Education for the Special Needs Child

2:55 -3:45 –

a) Dr. Russell Hendel – Teaching Chumash and Rashi

b) Mrs. Malky Adler – Minimizing Outsider Syndrome (women only)

3:55 – 4:45 – general session –

Rabbi Simcha Feuerman – Home Education: The Way of the Future

4:45 – closing

In alphabetical order is a brief bio of our speakers:

Mrs. Malky Adler is the mother of nine children living in Detroit, MI and has been home educating for six years.  Her children range in age from infant through high schoolers.  She will talk about the challenges of homeschooling when living in a community that views you as an outsider because of your unusual education choices and how to effectively deal with that.

Rabbi Yosef Bentzion Bamberger is an experienced educator with over 25 years of experience and has taught every grade from third to Beis Medrash, as well as Girls in Seminary.  He has served for five years as a high school principal, is currently the Mashgiach Ruchanni and 9th grade Maggid shiur at Yeshivas Ohr Reuven in Monsey, and the Rav of Kehilla Kedosha Yad Halevi of Wesley Hills.  He has spoken nationally about various aspects of chinuch.  He is now homeschooling his youngest child, and will speak from his experience inside the yeshiva system for two and a half decades about the challenges our schools are facing.

Mrs. Yehudis Eagle is the mother of 11 children, several of whom are grown, and has been homeschooling for over 15 years.  She has an integrated and holistic approach to home education, and will speak abouthow to approach tefilla as a home educator.

Dr. Russell Hendel, Ph.D, A.S.A., has taught chumash to homeschooled children from the ages of 5 – 11 and produced over 400 worksheets.  He has developed a unique and effective approach to teaching Rashi, is creator of website, and will give an interactive presentation to help parents teach chumash and Rashi.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, known world-wide as America’s Rabbi, is a noted rabbinic scholar, best-selling author and host of the Rabbi Daniel Lapin Show on San Francisco’s KSFO. He is one of America’s most eloquent speakers and his ability to extract life principles from the Bible and transmit them in an entertaining manner has brought countless numbers of Jews and Christians closer to their respective faiths.   In 2007 Newsweek magazine included him in its list of America’s fifty most influential rabbis.  Rabbi Lapin will be our keynote speaker for the conference and will talk about the Torah view of home education.

Mrs. Susan Lapin now is involved full-time in the her husband in his business and writing endeavors, after years of homeschooling their seven children.  She is a wealth of practical knowledge regarding home education and family life, and is now the grandmother of children who are being home educated.  She will be traveling from Seattle, WA, to share with us her experience and long term perspective on transitioning from home education to schools, yeshivos, seminaries, and college.

Mrs. Chana Lazaroff is the mother of two married daughters and two sons with Down’s Syndrome.  She has been home educating them from birth, drawing on her background as an occupational therapist but even more from her ongoing learning about how to help her children reach their potential.  She will speak to us about home education for the special needs child.

Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, LCSW-R maintains a private practice specializing in high conflict couples and families.  In addition, he serves as Director of Community Mental Health Services at Ohel, and as President of Nefesh International.  He is the author of 2 books, numerous professional articles, and along with his wife, a weekly column in the Jewish Press on matters of family relationships, religion, education and psychology.  He has also home educated two of his children and will share about creating a dynamic limudei kodesh curriculum and his belief that home education is the way of the future.

Mrs. Avivah Werner is the founder of the Torah Home Education Conference, founder of J-LIFT, a Baltimore area homeschool group, moderator of Torch-d, international listserve for Orthodox homeschoolers, and frequently blogs about home education at  She has written about home education for national and local publication, and has been home educating for ten years.  The oldest of her nine children will be graduating from homeschooling this June.  She will share about how to make homeschooling effective without breaking the bank.

For registration – Alisa –  apmandel@yahoo (dot) com, or 410-963-2977; or Sara – srayvy@yahoo (dot) com.  The advance registration fee is $25 per person, $40 per couple until May 1, 2010.  After that, the regular pricing of $50 per person, $90 per couple will apply.  So don’t get so busy with Pesach preparations that you miss your chance to save big by registering in advance!  You can go to for more details.

**We are incredibly fortunate to have the speakers of the caliber we do, and realize that there will be interest in attending from those who aren’t Jewish or interested in homeschooling. As much as I hate to disappoint anyone, this conference is open only for Jewish homeschooling families, or Jewish families interested in homeschooling.**


Second Annual Torah Home Education Conference

December 10, 2009 9 comments

The Second Annual Torah Home Education Conference will be held in Baltimore, MD  on June 13, 2010.

We have loads of great workshops and speakers planned and it will be a day packed with information, encouragement, and support.  Come and meet homeschoolers from across the country, learn, and be inspired!

The conference will be held in the Park Heights JCC, in the conference rooms on the second floor –  5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215.  There is ample parking on site.  Lunch can be purchased at the Eden Cafe, a dairy restaurant on the first floor of the JCC that is under the Star-K of Baltimore.  (Please contact them directly with questions about their menu; a copy of the menu is available online.)   Special hotel pricing is available to conference attendees. A variety of Jewishly oriented curriculum will be available to view, and Jewish learning games and activities will be available to purchase.

The price is $50 per person, $90 per couple. Advance payment can be made by check, Paypal, or cash.  Payment at the door is cash only.

There will be a day camp for children ages 4 – 10, with planned activities and supervised free play.  There will be one camp for boys, one for girls.  This will give homeschooled kids a chance to connect with each other in a fun and relaxed setting.  The fee for this will be $30 per child.  Space will be limited and if interests exceeds the available space, participation will be limited to kids who are coming with families from out of the area.  A lunch option will be available for $5 per child.  This should be paid for in advance when paying for your registration.

Babysitting for children ages 0 – 3 is available by the licensed staff at the JCC by special arrangement for conference attendees.  The ratio of staff to children is 2 infants (up to 12 months) to 1 caregiver, and 4 children (over 12 months) to 1 caregiver.  The fee is $40 for the day per child – this is from 8:30 am – 5 pm.  You’re welcome to take your child out for lunch or any other time, but the price is a flat rate for the day.  When registering, please let us know if you need this service, so we can make advance arrangements – there is a limit to how many children can be accepted and they must be registered and confirmed for this in advance.   Payment can be made the day that you arrive and must be in cash.  Please bring your child in a stroller, and send plenty of food, including snacks and drinks.  If your child has a special toy or blanket they like, send that along as well.  You can pay for this when you check in at the conference.

We will be also be hosting a venue for teen homeschooled girls (ages 11- 17) to get together, where they can swim, play basketball, ping pong, do puzzles and board games, and just spend time relaxing together and getting to know one another. No fee for this, but you’ll still need to register them when you register.  You’ll need to either send them with lunch or with money for them to make a group order from a local pizza shop that delivers.

To register or for questions, contact Alisa: 410-963-2977; apmandel@yahoo DOT com; or Sara at srayvy@yahoo DOT com (when using email address, replace the word DOT with a .).

Torah Homeschool Conference cds now available!

August 2, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s taken a bit longer than I initially anticipated to get around to doing this, but the cds for the workshops given at the Torah Homeschool Conference are now available!

All of the workshops given at the conference won’t be available, but most are; the list is below:

Strengthing Your Family Through Homeschooling” –Mrs. Rivka Malka Perlman

“The Myth of Socialization” – Dr. Nechama Cox

“Chanoch l’naar al pi darko – What does it mean for us?” – Rabbi Menachem Goldberger, maara d’asra of Tiferes Yisroel synagogue

“Yes, You Can Be Your Child’s Rebbe – Teaching Limudei Kodesh”  – Rabbi Osher Werner , author of Pharoah and the Fabulous Frog Invasion

“Teaching the Multi-Age Family”  – Mrs. Avivah Werner

“Homeschooling and Marriage: Stressing or Strengthening?” – Mr. Mort Fertel, author of Marriage Fitness

“Whole Brain learning” – Exercises for Whole Brain Integration (be aware there were exercises demonstrated during the workshop that obviously won’t be visible) – Mrs. Karen Zeitlin

“Maintaining Health and Spirit Under Stress” (be aware there were exercises demonstrated during the workshop that obviously won’t be visible) – Mrs. Rena Levin

The cds are $5 each, plus a dollar shipping per cd if purchased individually.  If you buy all of them, the shipping will be $5 for all of them.  If you want to get them sent digitally as mp3 files, the cost is the same but there’s no shipping cost and you’ll get them lots faster!

If you’re interested or have other questions, you can email me at avivahwerner at yahoo dot com.


2009 Torah Homeschool Conference Recap

June 28, 2009 Leave a comment

The First Annual Torah Homeschool Conference was not only a historical first in the Jewish community, but it was a wonderful day of shared learning and camaraderie.  Here is an overview and some photos!

The morning began with a general session by Mrs. Molly B. Koch, a parent educator with over fifty years experience who’s still going strong at 81!  She is the author of 27 Secrets to Raising Amazing Children, leader of parent training workshops throughout the city of Baltimore, and an incredibly insightful woman with a wealth of practical experience.

After the first general session, Mrs. Ahuvah Feldman gave a presentation on different approaches to homeschooling, and simultaneously Mrs. Rifka Malka Perlman led a workshop on the benefits of homeschooling to the family unit.   After that was a session on socialization by Dr. Nechama Cox, and another on teaching Hebrew reading and writing creatively by Mrs. Sara Rotenberg.

“Creative Approaches to Teaching Hebrew Reading”

After these workshops, Rabbi Menachem Goldberger of Tiferes Yisroel of Baltimore addressed the crowd.  He stressed the importance of recognizing the needs of every child and educating him accordingly, and shared his experience of 20 years of advising homeschooling families in his shul.

After an hour lunch break during which participants took time to become better aquainted with one another, the workshops reconvened.  The first was a workshop led by Mrs. Karen Zeitlin on brain based learning, while in a different area the Veterans’ Panel was held, with four experienced homeschooling mothers responding to questions.  This session could easily have been two hours long instead of one had there been time to accept all the questions people had!

Subsequently there was a workshop on how to effectively home educate children when a parent has several ages and stages to juggle by mother of nine, Mrs. Avivah Werner, and Homeschooling and Marriage was presented by Mr. Mort Fertel, author of Marriage Fitness.  The final sessions followed, one on dealing with burnout led by health and wellness consultant Mrs. Rena Levin, and the other by Rabbi Osher Werner, author of Pharoah and the Fabulous Frog Invasion, encouraging parents to have confidence in their ability to teach their own children limudei kodesh.

The feedback from the conference attendees was overwhelmingly positive.  Some comments: “It was a lovely day! Thank you so much for all your efforts and organization which allowed this to happen. I definitely got the feeling that this was something that people NEEDED! A place to go and have questions answered in a relaxed atmosphere.”

And from someone else: “I was able to walk away with some new insights and chizuk. Thank you again for arranging today’s event. It must have taken up a lot of your time. It was a beautiful turnout. I just wish I had more time to speak to all the new faces. They seemed like such a warm, educated, well rounded and intellectually honest group of people.”

If you couldn’t be there this time, don’t despair!  Cds of some of the workshops will be available to purchase.  And next June you’ll have another chance to attend the next conference!

2009 Conference Schedule

May 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Torah Homeschooling Conference

Baltimore, MD

June 28, 2009

8:15 am – Check in begins

9 – 10 am – General session – “Building the Connection”  – Mrs. Molly Koch, parent educator and author of 27 Secrets to Raising Amazing Children

10 – 11 am:

1) “Deciding How to Homeschool – Exploring Different Approaches”  – Mrs. Ahuvah Feldman


2) “Strengthening Your Family Through Homeschooling” – Mrs. Rifka Malka Perlman

11am – 12 pm:

1) “Creative Ways to Teach Kriyah and Ksiva”  – Mrs. Sara Rotenberg


2) “The Myth of Socialization” – Dr. Nechama Cox

12 – 1 pm – General session – “Chanoch l’naar al pi darko – What does it mean for us?” – Rabbi Menachem Goldberger, mara d’asra of Tiferes Yisroel synagogue

1 – 2 pm – Lunch

2 – 3 pm:

1) “Brain based learning” – Exercises for Whole Brain Integration – Mrs. Karen Zeitlin


2) Veterans Panel  (Questions will be accepted in advance for this panel discussion of experienced home educators.)

3 – 4 pm:

1) “Teaching the Multi-Age Family” – Mrs. Avivah Werner


2) “Homeschooling and Marriage: Stressing or Strengthening?” – Mr. Mort Fertel, author of Marriage Fitness

4 – 5 pm:

1) “Yes, You Can Be Your Child’s Rebbe – Teaching Limudei Kodesh” – Rabbi Osher Werner , author of Pharoah and the Fabulous Frog Invasion


2) “Maintaining Health and Spirit Under Stress” – Mrs. Rena Levin

5 pm- Closing remarks

Note: The extensive library of the Center for Jewish Education contains a very large amount of Jewish teaching materials and curriculums.  Be sure to make time to browse!

****Advance registration is $15 per person/ $25 per couple, and payment must be received by June 15.  After June 15, registration will be $20 per person/$35 per couple.  To register, please email Sara – srayvy at yahoo dot com.  Please be sure to include with your registration request a list of the workshops that you would like to attend.  Also, let us know how you heard about the conference and your goal in attending.