Being a teenager isn’t easy. Being a parent isn’t easy. Being part of a supportive community to help navigate those challenges? This makes everything a bit easier.

LAJTI has made teen wellness a priority by curating meaningful workshops for parents throughout Los Angeles. We engage in conversations with Jewish educators, spiritual leaders, and teens themselves to find out which topics are most important to address. From internet safety, to mindfulness and building self-esteem, these workshops help parents and teens communicate, and tackle these issues together.

We invite you to attend one of the many teen wellness workshops we offer.  You’ll hear from professionals on issues relating to the emotional, social, spiritual, and physical wellbeing of today’s teens in LA. To find out about future workshops, please email lajti@Jewishla.org.

Current Workshop:


What do we as parents need to know about smoking, vaping, “juuling,” edibles, and other trending substances? Join us for a free workshop, offered by our Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI) Focus on Teen Wellness, to learn the basics and walk away with tools to talk about these trends with your teens and help them make healthy decisions.

Facilitated by Linda Gingras, LMFT, CADC II, and Director of Addiction and Prevention Services at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, the discussion will include:

  • The changing nature and forms of marijuana
  • Myths and misconceptions
  • Implications of recent marijuana legislation
  • Tips for talking to your teens effectively about substance use.

This workshop is being offered in West Hills (Oct 18), Rancho Palos Verdes (Oct 24), and Santa Monica (Oct 25).

Registration and more info: www.JewishLA.org/Vaping



In addition to helping parents and teens on their paths to wellness, we support the educators and professionals who are doing great work in this space. LAJTI partners with organizations seeking to create innovative and impactful programs centered around teen health and wellness. For more information on Wellness Partnerships, email lajti@Jewishla.org.