Being a teenager isn’t easy. Being a parent isn’t easy. Throw in a global pandemic, and everything becomes more challenging. Having a supportive community helps navigate life’s curveballs. Welcome to the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI) — a microcommunity brought to you by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

LAJTI has made teen wellness a priority by dedicating resources to curate meaningful and practical workshops for parents all around Los Angeles. We engage in conversations with Jewish educators, spiritual leaders, and teens themselves to determine which topics are most important — and then we address them. From safe and responsible use of the internet and social media (including limits on screen time) to mental health to direct conversations about substance use and abuse — and now, parenting through the COVID-19 crisis and resuming normal life in its wake — parents and teens need to work harder to communicate and tackle these issues, together.


Live, Lunch, Learn Series for Parents of Teens

Parents of teens, you are invited to join our community for lunchtime sessions geared to feed your hunger for parental knowledge and well-being. Sessions are online and free of charge. Mark your calendars with these upcoming dates: 

Friday afternoons starting at 12:00 PM via Zoom

March 3  

April 14 (Due to Passover, we will gather during the second week of April) 

May 5  


Coming this Spring: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – Stay tuned for dates 

This training is designed to teach teen educators, parents, caregivers, teachers, school staff, neighbors, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12–18) experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis. 

Training begins with a two-hour self-paced program you can do online at your leisure. Participants need to complete this two-hour training before joining the virtual program. The virtual section lasts for five hours and will happen on an assigned day and time, with other classmates in the program. After you complete all seven hours of training, you will become certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. 

The LA Jewish Teen Initiative, co-funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation, with seed funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is a community wide initiative to dramatically enhance the landscape of Jewish LA for teens and provide them with meaningful, personal, and relevant opportunities for engagement in Jewish life. Learn more.