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Adoption and the Jewish Family: Navigating Challenging Questions and Building Positive Identity

May 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Guest speakers:  Rebecca Nelson, PhD and Rabbi Jan Katzew, PhD

Despite the increasing diversity in our community, many adoptees and their families continue to face challenging questions and comments related to their identity.   Research has highlighted common negative communication themes known as microaggressions, which may include questions that feel too close for comfort or comments that reflect biases about adoption.  Join us for a thought provoking evening as our presenters, Dr. Rebecca Nelson and Rabbi Jan Katzew,  share their perspectives on how we can help our children develop positive identities, learn practical tools to address microaggressions, and strengthen our families.

Rebecca Nelson PhD is a clinical child psychologist specializing in assessment of neurodevelopmentally at-risk children with NorthShore University HealthSystem. She also has been working with adoptive families for over 20 years.  Adopted from South Korea at the age of 5½, Dr. Nelson has a personal and unique understanding of the complexities that can challenge adoptees and their families.

Rabbi Jan Katzew, PhD serves as an Associate Professor of Education and Jewish Thought at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH. In addition to his professional expertise as a rabbi, educator and author, Rabbi Katzew brings to our program his personal experience as an adoptee and adoptive parent.

This event is made possible by a generous gift from the Rubens Family Foundation

Social Work/Counseling CEU’s available for $15


May 25, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Jewish Child & Family Services


Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster
Skokie, IL 60076 United States
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