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Merrick , NY

Are you raising Jewish children... but you're not Jewish? Don't do it alone!

The Mothers Circle provides FREE education and support for women of other backgrounds who are raising Jewish Children. The Course meets approximately twice a month for eight months and focuses on Jewish rituals, ethics, and the how-tos of creating a Jewish home. Come be a part of this warm and nurturing environment and feel empowered to take on the responsibility of raising children in Judaism. Mothers in all family constellations are welcome and participants do not have to be affiliated with a Jewish institution or have any prior knowledge.

Free childcare will be available. Please join us! If you are interested in joining the Merrick Mothers Circle or would like more information, please contact Mothers Circle coordinator Hillary Lagnado at

The Mothers Circle is a program of the Jewish Outreach Institute.

Facilitator bio:

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Hillary Lagnado, LCSW and I am the Partners in Caring social worker. I graduated from Hunter College School of Social work with my MSW in 1991. Since then, I worked for 4 years at Flatlands Guidance CenterBrooklyn doing ongoing individual, group and family counseling. After moving to Long Island, I began working at the Mid Island Y JCC in Plainview as the supervisor of Group Services. I coordinated and facilitated support groups on Bereavment, Divorce, interfaith marriage, parents of children with special needs; and supervised a staff of 10 social workers as well as 50+ social work graduate students. I remained at the JCC until 2008 when I began working for the Partners in Caring program at FEGS.

As the Liason to 8 synogogues in Nassau County and members for individual, family, couple short term counseling, support groups for bereavement, divorce or other issues; as well as a resource for information, referrals for other resources in the community, as well as educational workshops for adults and children. Additionally I am the contact person for UJA’s connect to care program which is designed to assist jewish individuals and families that are struggling due to the economic downturn. I can provide counseling and support, as well as referrals to employment, legal and financial specialists.