UPDATED! Personal Conversations


Personal Conversations provide a forum to address everyday issues through discussions about obstacles and opportunities, using conference calls and/or easy to access webinars. The next Personal Conversation will be announced soon – keep checking this page for details.

Family Violence with Barbara Wettstein, PhD

Family Violence: What is it? How do we identify it? How prevalent is it? What can we do about it? Family violence refers to violence that occurs within families, usually among individuals who live together. It touches all socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and national groups. Dr. Wettstein will give an introduction to the topic, and then will allow about 30-40 minutes for questions and discussion.

Barbara Wettstein, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist at the Greater Los Angeles VA.  She specializes in couple therapy, depression, and trauma.  She is a graduate of The City College of New York and received her PhD from The University of Notre Dame.  Barbara grew up in a suburb of NYC, attended Jewish day schools, and is now a member of B’nai David Judea Congregation in Los Angeles.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and is the proud grandma of two boys.

#MeToo and the Jews with Rabbi Elana Kanter, Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute – This Personal Conversation is available as a YouTube video to members only. Log into the Members Only section of the website and find the link in the 2018 Personal Conversations folder.

Join Rabbi Elana Kanter for a very brief text study on Jewish insights into the #MeToo moment. The text study will be followed by a discussion of how sexism continues to impact our lives as Jewish Women, as well as an initiative started by Rabbi Kanter to address it.

Rabbi Elana Kanter, Director of the Women’s Jewish Learning Center, is a graduate of Barnard College and a member of the first class of women rabbis of the Jewish Theological Seminary. She was ordained in 1989. In 1998, Rabbi Kanter received the Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators for her work in Adult Jewish Learning.

Creating a Caring Community Together (CCCT) with Cecille Allman Asekoff, Director, Joint Chaplaincy Committee at Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest and Director of Global Initiatives for Life’s Door, Israel; Susan Friedman, BSN, RN and Director of Health Care Professional Education, Prince Health, LLC; and Susan Schechter, MSW, LCSW and Director of Older Adult and Disability Services for Jewish Family Service of Metrowest – Thursday, November 1, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Creating a Caring Community Together (CCCT) is an initiative developed by the Joint Chaplaincy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey to connect community leaders, professionals, and volunteers in an innovative program to improve the quality of life in their community.  Learn more about this program by joining this Women’s League’s Personal Conversation on November 1, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Cecille Allman Asekoff, Director, Joint Chaplaincy Committee at Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest and Director of Global Initiatives for Life’s Door, Israel will lead a panel discussion with Susan Friedman and Susan Schechter about this opportunity to develop a caring initiative in your community.

Download the flier on Creating a Caring Community Together (CCCT)
Download the CCCT Toolkit
Download Susan Friedman’s Speaker Bio
Download Susan Schechter’s Speaker Bio

More Personal Conversations for 2019 will be announced soon. For more information, contact Barb Levin at barbl11@aol.com.