By Rabbi Noson Berman
Motzei Shabbos December 25th saw hundreds of parents converging on Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills to participate in P’TACH’s highly anticipated Queens community-wide parenting event – Three Keys to Having a Great Relationship with your Child.
Rabbi Avi Kramer, P’TACH’s Co-Director of Institutional Advancement, was the master of ceremonies and gave an overview of P’TACH’s services in the community. Rabbi Kramer remarked that a significant part of finding the appropriate educational solutions for our children is a clear line of communication between the educational institutions, the Rabbonim, and the various Jewish services. This was evident in the coordination of the event which was a partnership with the local elementary schools, the Vaad Harabonim, and Jewish social services.
The Shul’s Rav, Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, was then introduced for divrei bracha. Rabbi Shonfeld spoke about his personal knowledge of the success P’TACH has had over the years with children who aren’t making it in a regular classroom. The main program was then presented by the world renowned Dr. David Pelcovitz who spoke of the three crucial elements needed for every parent/child relationship. He said that every child has a unique melody and the job of Jewish parents and educators like P’TACH is to bring out that unique melody for each child.
The program, which was to be held in the Shul’s social hall was quickly relocated to the main sanctuary to accommodate the huge crowd of over 500 people. The turnout was truly a testament to how great the parents of the Queens community value the success of their children and the importance they attribute to meeting their needs.
The program is slated to be just the first in a series of community-wide events by P’TACH to benefit the greater New York area. For a copy of a recording of the event and for more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the P’TACH office at 718-854-8600.