Grandparents just want to be helpful during these challenging times. But what happens when grandparents live in another city? Or when concerns about COVID prevent meeting in person?
How can technology help? Find out in this FREE panel discussion presented by JCC Chicago, JCFS, and the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection.
Monday, November 16, 2020
7 to 8 pm
This 2nd panel in the Lifelines for a Lifetime series will cover tactics and ideas for using technology to stay connected, diminish feelings of isolation, and provide mutual support across the generations of the family. Beyond connection how can you magnify your relationship—with Zoom family meetings, social media, long-distance game playing, cloud collaboration and more.
At the end of this panel discussion, you will…
- Have at least three tactics to diminish anxiety around technology
- Know at least five ideas to connect with grandchildren and your family using technology
- Understand how grandchildren at different ages engage with technology
- Create your own action plan moving forward
Meet the Panelists
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Sarah earned her doctorate in Media, Technology, and Society at Northwestern University, working in the Center on Media and Human Development. Before starting at Northwestern, Sarah spent two years (and two very snowy winters) in Somerville, Massachusetts earning a Master of Arts in Child Study and Human Development from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Before that, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Family, Youth, & Community Sciences and Mass Communication at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). Her research interests focus on the benefits of prosocial and educational media for young children, particularly in early childhood education.
Rabbi Jay Weinstein
Director, G2:Global Intergenerational Initiative
The G2: Global Inter-generational Initiative is an Innovative Jewish Experience for Grandparents and their Grandchildren. G2 provides a platform for a grandparent to engage with their pre-teen grandchild (5th-6th grade) as a “zug” (pair) to explore, share, and experience the pre-teens’ relationship to their family, local community, Israel, and the Jewish people. Additionally, it will provide grandparents with a platform to share their own Jewish experiences and values, thereby passing down their Jewish legacy to their grandchildren and becoming change agents on a local and global level. In the past this culminated in trips to Israel together. Rabbi Jay has reinvented the program to deliver the experience virtually.
Rabbi Jay recently made Aliyah to Israel together with his wife Sharon and four children. Prior to making Aliyah, he served as the Rabbi of the Young Israel of East Brunswick for six years. Jay, a native of Miami Beach, FL, holds a B.A. in Accounting from Sy Syms School of Business, a Masters Degree in Special Education from Columbia University and Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
Barbara Maldonado, MS IMC (she/her)
Director of Customer Success, PrizeLogic
Instructor-Digital Marketing, General Assembly
Barbara is a 21-year agency veteran with experience across experiential, digital, and social media. She has managed over 300 team members in her career ranging from dancers, brand ambassadors to account team members, and social media strategists. She is the Director of Customer Success at PrizeLogic, an incentivized engagement digital marketing agency as well as an evening instructor at General Assembly teaching adult learners digital marketing skills to help them in their upskilling and reskilling journeys. She is currently working on her second master’s degree at The Johns Hopkins University focusing on the study of Organizational Leadership. In her free time, she mentors emerging leaders and will be soon joining the Advisory Board of the Chicago Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit focused on addressing food insecurity experienced by school-aged children and their families.
Lisa Ehrlich-Menard, M.Ed
Coordinator, Outreach and Community Education
JCFS Response for Teens
Lisa has a BA in both Theatre and History with a focus on gender and race, and a Master’s in Education from the University of Michigan. She has joined the Response for Teens after cultivating her expertise in curriculum development and youth advocacy over 13 years as a high school teacher in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Lisa developed curricula and taught the subjects of history, English, drama, ethnic studies, and gender studies. he principles of identity, inclusion, equity, and social justice guide her work with both youth and adults and she imparts those values throughout her teaching in the areas of anti-bias, gender and sexuality education, and advocacy and activism. She has facilitated workshops for teachers, administrators, students, and parents around sexual health, safe/ inclusive spaces, anti-bias, healthy relationships, media literacy and gender, and consent. Lisa believes in supporting youth as they work to increase their capacity to find agency and make an impact on issues that they care about.
Deanna Shoss, CEO
Intercultural Talk, Inc.
Tech Columnist, Grand Magazine
Deanna helps non-digital natives (aka didn’t grow up with technology) promote their businesses or life projects with digital, intercultural and real-life marketing, with strategy and know-how to adapt to new communication technologies. She takes an intergenerational approach that combines online communication platforms like websites/blogs, social media, email and video with partnership and community building, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion best practices and events/promotions IRL (in real-life). Previously Deanna enjoyed 11 years in City Government (she personally got the dinosaur at O’Hare International Airport through security), being past President of the League of Chicago Theatres, leading Public Relations for McDonald’s Owner/Operators of Eastern New England and running marketing for Jewish Child & Family Services and JVS Chicago. Deanna writes for the National Diversity Council and is the Tech Columnist for Grand Magazine. She speaks Portuguese and is a certified Body Pump instructor.