Jewish Baby University





Designed for first-time parents, this innovative program combines childbirth education with an exploration of Jewish traditions and rituals connected with pregnancy, birth, parenting, and raising a family. JBU also provides a unique opportunity to be a part of a community and create lasting friendships.

Discussion topics include: medical aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, Jewish traditions and rituals surrounding childbirth, creating a Jewish home, Jewish life in Los Angeles, family financial planning, & preparing mentally and emotionally for a child.


Each session consists of 5 weeks of classes
and a concluding Shabbat dinner.

Winter 2016 (October 30-December 4)

Week 1: October 30, 10:00am-12:30pm
Week 2: November 6, 4:30pm-7:00pm
Week 3: November 13, 4:30pm-7:00pm
Week 4: November 20, 4:30pm-7:00pm
Week 5: December 4, 4:30pm-7:00pm
Shabbat Dinner: TBD

COST: $200 PER COUPLE (yes, scholarships are available!)

Click Here to register!


 *must attend at least 3 of the classes to receive the WJCC membership



Jewish Baby University classes are facilitated by Rabbi Ilana Grinblat and Rabbi Dalia Samansky

Rabbi Ilana Grinblat teaches biblical interpretation at the American Jewish University’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, where she was ordained as a rabbi in 2001. Rabbi Grinblat is a prolific writer and teacher on parenting and spirituality. She is the author of Blessings and Baby Steps:The Spiritual Path of Parenthood, published by Behrman House in 2011. Her parenting columns have been featured in the websites of The Forward, the Jewish Journal, and the Washington Jewish Week, and on her blog can be found at She served as a congregational rabbi for seven years, where she began teaching parenting at the Long Beach Jewish Community Center. Since then, she has taught at synagogues, parent groups and conferences throughout California. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Tal, and their children, Jeremy and Hannah.




Rabbi Dalia Samansky
was ordained from Hebrew Union College in 2009.  Since then she has served on the faculty of the Florence Melton Adult Mini School.  In that time, she has taught courses on
Torah, Basic Jewish theology, General Jewish history, and American Jewish history.  In addition to her work with Melton, Rabbi Samansky focuses on pastoral work; welcoming new babies into the Jewish community with personalized baby naming ceremonies (, guiding hospice patients and their families thru the final stage of life, and helping recovering addicts rediscover their soul at Beit T’Shuvah.  Prior to her pastoral work she spent three years as an Assistant Rabbi at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, CA.  Rabbi Samansky’s life is enriched by her wonderful husband Jason and their beautiful daughters Naomi and Tova.