Chinuch Forum to Address Reaching Teens in Today’s World

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A group of well respected rabbonim will address the Flatbush community this Sunday, December 10th, discussing techniques for getting through to teens in today’s turbulent and challenge-laden world.

The evening will be hosted by Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury whose track record with teenage bochurim speaks for itself, taking in students at all levels and infusing each one with self confidence and a love of yiddishkeit.

“The Ponovzher Rav once said that a yasom is someone who has no parents and an orphaned nation is one who has no children,” said Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff, Morah D’asra of Agudath Israel Bais Binyomin, who will be speaking at the event. “Our biggest challenge and privilege is to be michanech our children with the geshmak of yiddishkeit, a mahalach that Mesivta Ateres Shmuel warmly embodies and embraces.”

Rabbi Lieff is just one of the featured speakers at the symposium, which is open to both men and women, and will be held at 8:30 PM at the Agudah of Avenue L.  Other well known figures who will be offering their insights on chinuch for teens are Rabbi Aharon Kaufman, Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel,  Rabbi Elya Brudny, Rosh Yeshiva at the Mirrer Yeshiva and Rabbi Daniel Kalish, Menahel of Mesivta Ateres Shmuel.

Among the topics to be addressed is understanding the difference between educating younger and older children.

With younger children everything is about rules and regulation and it has to be that way,” explained Rabbi Kaufman. “That approach works well because in elementary school, children are very accepting and they have fewer outside influences. But as they get older, children want to become more independent so at that stage, the key is understanding that chinuch becomes relationship based and not rule based.”

Now located in Durham, Connecticut on a new campus that encompasses more than 55 acres, the Waterbury yeshiva’s mesivta program attracted numerous esteemed guests over the past year including Rav Yaakov Hillel, Rav Reuven Feinstein, Rav Binyomin Eisenberger, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel and Rabbi Zvi Bloom.

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