2016 Annual Gathering

Yom Iyun: A Day of Learning
on Youth and Adolescent Mental Health

Yom Iyun Chairs
Rabbi Lisa Levenberg, RJE
Andrea Fleekop, RJE


On Monday, February 8, 2016, more than 350 Jewish educators gathered at 17 sites across North America to begin a conversation on Youth and Adolescent Mental Health (the 18th site, Boston, has had to postpone their event because of snow!). The format of this year’s Annual Gathering was unique in that it enabled educators to spend time with their local and regional colleagues while also sharing a sense of connection with educators thousands of miles away, studying the same theme.

The program was anchored by a keynote address by Dr. Betsy Stone, sponsored by the CCAR Press. Dr. Stone taught from her “home base” at the HUC-New York campus, supported by the department of distance learning, and all of the sites were able to watch her presentation and join in with questions and comments.

In addition to the keynote address, each site also welcomed a local speaker to address specific issues that our communities face. For example, participants in Princeton, NJ, spoke with Linda Meisel, the Executive Director of Jewish & Family Children’s Services of Greater Mercer County, about “The Stress of Being a Teen – And Parenting One: a look at what is happening in our Community and Resources for Assistance.”

Because our Annual Gatherings also have the goals of connecting educators with the ARJE and building relationships with each other, the program was designed to share some common elements to create a unified experience. Each site included aspects of team-building, tefillah, and text study, designed by members of the overall Yom Iyun committee and led locally by different volunteers at each site.

Dozens of ARJE members helped bring the Yom Iyun together. We are grateful to all of them! At each site, our hosts generously arranged the space, logistics, and delicious meals. Many sites also had a separate facilitator who organized the program. Additionally, volunteers created the tefillah experiences, text studies, and team-building activities used at the sites. While the Yom Iyun was primarily a project of the Professional Learning Team, ARJE leaders from all the other teams–Advocacy, Finance, Communications, and Membership–also contributed in various ways.

The following cities were host to the ARJE Yom Iyun.
Click on the city of your choice for specific location and program information.

Atlanta | Baltimore | Boca Raton | Boston | Chicago | Cleveland
Dallas | Denver | Los Angeles | New York | Philadelphia | Phoenix
Princeton | San Diego | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis | Toronto

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Betsy Stone, PhD

Betsy Stone, PhDBetsy Stone is a Yale educated psychologist. Betsy has worked in the Jewish community for decades, as a therapist, a teacher, a youth leader, and as an adjunct instructor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she also sits on the Board.

At HUC-JIR, she has taught Pastoral Counseling to Rabbinic Students, Human Development to Education Students, and two courses on adolescents and emerging adults with the CAEA Certificate Program. She is a Grinspoon Award winner for her work with young teens and their parents, and has developed a family education program for her synagogue that meets monthly and encourages meaningful conversations between teens and their parents.

ARJE Yom Iyun 2016 Keynote Address
Presented by Dr. Betsy Stone, PhD on February 8, 2016
To view slides of the presentation, click here.
To download a copy of the text study, click here.
Sponsored by the CCAR Press
CCAR Press