Dec 4, 2017
New Confidential Parenting Hotline
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Merkaz Anash launched a new initiative to connect parents with experienced educators to provide personalized support.

By COLlive reporter

Merkaz Anash is launching "Gidulim," a new, free phone support system provides effective, anonymous support to all parents.

Have a question? An experienced mechanech or mashpia is at the other end of the line, ready to listen, discuss, and guide.

Merkaz Anash was started 10 years ago to meet the spiritual and educational needs of the global Anash community.

"Chinuch is at the core of what we do," explains founder Rabbi Shimon Hellinger, "With the Chinuch advice line, we now offer parents personal support to help them navigate their personal dilemmas."

Questions are relegated to five specific areas, including Halacha ("until what age can my kids swim with their cousins of opposite genders?"); Hashkafa ("what is the ideal internet policy for my family?"); Behavioral ("how can I control my child’s tantrums? He’s 14."); School ("how should I manage my children’s nightly homework saga?"); and Support ("my wife and I are going through a messy divorce, how can I protect our kids?").

Appointments are made via a simple online sign-up sheet or by calling 718-207-5325 and leaving a message. Parents can choose which mechanech they are comfortable speaking with. Importantly, all conversations are anonymous and entirely confidential.

"Every parent cares about the chinuch of his children," believes Rabbi Mordechai Lipskier, a mechanech is a founding member of this new initiative. "And a caring parent has a never-ending need for Torah-true guidance, support and encouragement. With the chinuch advice line parents have this easily available to them."

Not everyone has a trusted mother or mashpia to turn to, but thanks to Gidulim, all parents now have a source for their parenting concerns. For more info, visit

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Thank you
How wonderful that this is available should a parent want this.
(12/4/2017 7:42:08 PM)
Great news!
Hatzlacha rabba!
(12/4/2017 8:19:12 PM)
great idea!
Just wondering how is it confidential if the caller has to leave a message or leave their number on the form to be called back. Can you add other topics besides parenting?
(12/4/2017 8:22:17 PM)
Used it from LA
Thank you!
(12/4/2017 8:42:28 PM)
Keep up the great work Merkaz anash!
(12/4/2017 9:50:20 PM)
So nice!
It's really encouraging to know we have this available. thanks for posting.
(12/4/2017 9:54:32 PM)
Thank you rabbi Hellinger
You're always there for the needs of anash
(12/4/2017 9:56:38 PM)
Who are the mechanchim?
Please list mechanchim. That information isn't on your website. Thank you - an "older" parent.
Great idea!
(12/5/2017 1:32:38 AM)
Please post names
Can you tell us who are the mechanchim there. I am more likely to reach out if i know who the responders are.

(12/5/2017 8:24:37 AM)
`is there a way to email or post the question??
(12/5/2017 10:24:39 AM)
Always there for our community
Rabbi Hellinger is someone who REALLY selflessly cares with a PASSION, for our community.
Thank you!
A Grateful CH parent
(12/5/2017 10:57:05 AM)
To #10
written on the flyer
(12/5/2017 11:48:58 AM)
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