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Mindful Jewish Parenting for Mommies & New Babies

A safe space to ask questions and seek advice without judgment; learn about parenting with a Jewish lens; and form bonds with other women at a similar stage.

Mindful Jewish Parenting is for moms with infants, newborn to six months, who want to add meaning and intentionality into their role as mothers - along with new friends, and a lot of love and support. Led by Aliza Lerner, LCSW-C, and Orna Siegel, MJEd., this group is designed to explore a range of parenting topics, allow for confidential discussions, and provide a supportive environment where no topic is off-limits.


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Topics of Discussion Include:

  • Parenting as a Spiritual Practice
  • Connecting to Your Own Jewish History
  • Making Meaningful and Intentional Choices
  • Parenting with a Growth Mindset
  • Ethical Will
  • Experience and Play 
  • Self-Care
  • Mind and Body

Group Leaders

Aliza Lerner, LCSW-C

Aliza Lerner, LCSW-C, is a co-founder and director of Center of the Growing Families (www.centerforgrowingfamilies.com). She has been practicing since 1992, when she received her Master of Social Work degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Since that time, Aliza has developed a psychotherapy practice that merges traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy with attachment and developmental theory and mind/body techniques. This background, along with training in an approach known as emotionally focused therapy, has enabled Aliza to develop a unique style that tends to the emotional healing of her patients. This style has proven to be particularly effective in working with her specialty areas--trauma, loss, and reproductive mental health. Serving as clinical director for PACE, an organization offering new-mother support groups, and with clients at every stage of mothering has given Aliza vast experience helping women struggling to find themselves. As a founding member of the DC Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Consortium, she has taken a leadership role in this area of psychotherapy.

Orna Siegel, MJEd.

Orna Siegel, MJEd., is an innovative educator in the field of Jewish education, teaching and leading children and adults in Hebrew schools, Jewish day schools, college campuses, camps, and Israel travel experiences. Currently, Orna leads a team of admission professionals and lay-leaders as the Director of Enrollment and Tuition Assistance at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Orna received Hebrew College's prize for Outstanding Achievement in Jewish Education while pursuing a Master's in Jewish Education as a Legacy Heritage Fellow, holds a BA in Government from Wesleyan University, and studied at Yeshivat Nishmat in Israel. Orna lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband and four children.