The First National Study of Jewish Grandparents, conducted in 2019 by the Jewish Grandparents Network provides an in-depth look at the demographics, activities, attitudes, and aspirations of today’s Jewish grandparents. David Raphael, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Jewish Grandparents Network will share findings from the study as well as those from recent focus groups with parents with a special emphasis on what we learned about children being raised in multi-faith and multi-racial families. Ample time will be provided for questions and discussion.
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David Raphael is the co-founder and CEO of the Jewish Grandparents Network, (JGN). David has spent virtually all his professional career in Jewish communal service. A graduate of Albany University and the Columbia University School of Social Work, he spent 30 years in Hillel including roles as Assistant International Director, Executive Director of Hillel of Greater Baltimore and Senior Campus Liaison for Hillel International. David was also the founding Executive Director of the Floortime Foundation, an organization seeking to advance new approaches to treating children with autism spectrum disorders, and the Executive Director of the Maryland Teen Initiative, where he developed new approaches to engaging Jewish youth. David and his wife Jo live in Atlanta, have three grown children and the blessed granddaughter Bina who calls him “Zayde”.