Upcoming Events



A new section begins on Monday, February 7, 2022
Spring dates: Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, 2022.

Our minds are filled with stories–from our lives, our offices, our dreams. Therapy is one way of digging down deep and transforming ourselves. So is writing. Join our ongoing Monday night monthly workshop series. Five, two-hour workshops will help you open up to your own stories. Writing exercises, meditations, and readings will help you bring your stories to life on the page. Whether you are writing fiction or creative non-fiction, memoirs or personal essays, our workshop will help you tap into your experiences and turn them into stories.

All great works of fiction and creative non-fiction are built on the same premise: story-telling. In these workshops, you will learn how to apply the principles of story-telling to build scenes, develop characters, write dialogue (both interior monologue and spoken dialogue), utilize description, and weave together the threads of your imagination and experience into powerful, memorable stories.

For each class, you may submit five pages of your work (1250 words double spaced) and will receive written feedback. All classes include in-class writing prompts, discussion of 250-word homework assignments and critique of the short, assigned readings you will receive upon registration.

Dates: see above                   
Location: Zoom (until further notice)
Fee: $650. To reserve, please Zelle or Venmo @Judith-Rabinor or send a check to: Judy Rabinor, 36 Biarritz Street, Lido Beach. NY 1156.

Co-taught with Laura Zinn Fromm, award-winning journalist and author of Sweet Survival
Contact me @ jrrabinor@gmail.com for more details.

Many of you asked for an intensive writing class- with no homework, just writing: Laura and I are excited to add this brand new workshop.

Write Like a Mother****er, 5 sessions: Mondays, 6-7 p.m.

Writing together is different than writing at home, alone. We will focus on in class- writing exercises.  Sharing is optional. We will send you optional writing prompts and readings, come as you are with zero preparation. You will leave each session fired up, with new work in hand. 

Mondays, 6-7 p.m. on Zoom

5 Sessions: December 13, 20; January 10, 17, 24

$250.00- payable on Zelle or Venmo to jrrabinor@gmail.com


These Red Boots Events are FREE!

The Renfrew Center, Dec. 2 via Zoom – Making Peace with Your Mother: Rewriting Your Story Register here

Conversations in the Living Room with Sondra Kronberg, Saturday, Dec. 4 at 11 am EST – View calendar here.

Elwood Public Library on Long Island, Dec. 7 at 7 pm via Zoom – Register here

Past Events

Live interview today on The Patricia Raskin Show on VoiceAmerica.

November 1st at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT

Listen on VoiceAmerican.com, Variety Channel.

The Happy Women’s Virtual Book Club & Psychologist Dr. Judith Rabinor!

3 Tuesday afternoons, 5-6 PST via Zoom.

Register by emailing: Jill@happywomendinnders.com

I am honored to be part of Avaiya University’s summit on Toxic Relationships- October 18t-24 h “he summit runs for 10 days and my presentation Misattuned Mothers & Daughters: Healing Invalidation & Betrayal will be aired Sat 10/23.

Register here: https://www.avaiya.com/grace/?affiliate=jrabinor

Hewlett Woodmere Public Library

Date: Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 at 1 p.m. EST

Location: Zoom (link available soon)

Join me for a book signing of The Girl in Red Boots: Making Peace with my Mother

Date: Friday, October 15th, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST

Location: Westsider Books & Westsider Records

                 2246 Broadway at 81st Street, New York City 10024

October 12, 2021 at 8 p.m. EST – Gwenn Kudler ASCW – Private Book Club

Location: (Link coming soon)

November 1, 2021 at 2 pm EST – VoiceAmerica: Positive Living Show with Patricia Raskin

Location: (Link coming soon)

Long Beach Public Library Reading: Lessons Learned from The Girl in the Red Boots: Making Peace with My Mother — Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. EST 
The majority of adult women describe their relationship with their mothers as one of the most important— and complicated in their lives. Join Dr Judith Ruskay Rabinor, psychologist and author of the new book: The Girl in the Red Boots: Making Peace with our Mothers (She Writes Press, 2021). Unlike memoirs of cataclysmic abuse, Judy’s story is sure to resonate with the stress and distress of your own life.  Stories are great teachers: the tales from her life and her psychotherapy practice  may help you understand yourself, untangle any stuck places and develop compassion for yourself and possibly your mother as well.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. EST
Location: In-person at the Long Beach Public Library
This is an in-person program taking place in the 2nd floor Auditorium of the Main Branch. Priority will be given to those who have registered. You can register below or call the Reference Desk at (516)432-7201 x225.

November 9, 16 and 23, 2021 – Jill Daniels Book Club
(To be announced)

Mothers, Daughters and Eating Disorders: Rupture & Repair

The Renfrew Foundation Conference, Zoom Saturday, Nov. 13

Date: Saturday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m. EST
Location: Zoom (link TBD)

Making Peace with Your Mother: Rewriting Your Story 

The Renfrew Foundation Conference — Friday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.

I love my mother, but…  I am so impatient with my mother — what’s wrong with me?                                             

Stupid things about my mother make me so angry — is she impossible or is it me?

How many times have you heard these words from a client?                                      

Have these words ever echoed your feelings?

Who else is loved so deeply and blamed so intensely as one’s mother?  The mother-daughter relationship is generally a crucial focus in the treatment of eating disorders.  As mental health professionals, we are trained to create treatment plans reflecting theoretical perspectives, yet our personal experiences may cloud our lenses.  Who you are as a person may be more important than what you think or what you think you think.

The mother stories we carry can consciously or unconsciously empower or derail us, personally as well as professionally. This workshop offers participants an opportunity to explore, expand and rewrite their mother-stories Format: lecture, experiential exercises and discussion. Sharing optional, privacy guaranteed.

Judith Ruskay Rabinor, PhD is a consultant to the Renfrew Center foundation and a  therapist, workshop leader and the author of the recently published The Girl in the Red Boots: Making Peace with My Mother. Participants are encouraged to read this book prior to the workshop.  

Date: Friday, Dec. 3 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST

Location: Zoom, link TBD

Price: Free

Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 11 am ET – Chats in the Living Room

Location: Zoom (link available soon)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 7 – 8:30 pm ET – Elwood Library – Author Talk and Book Signing

Meet the Judy Rabinor, author of The Girl in Red Boots: Making peace with my Mother.

Location: EL-Community Room

Book Launch Conversations: Making Peace with Our Mothers, Julie McGue, author of Twice a Daughter — Tuesday, May 4th 6 pm

A virtual conversation with Dr. Judith Rabinor and Julie Ryan McGue

 Moderated by Susan Conner

“I love my mother but….” 

If that line sounds familiar, you won’t want to miss this gripping conversation with two authors who discuss their newly released memoirs and share revelations about the mothers in their lives.

It’s not until her mother dies that Judy Rabinor begins to assemble the memoir pieces she has written over many years. Weaving together stories from her psychotherapy practice and her own life, Judy reflects upon her mother’s attitudes, actions, choices, and the legacy she left behind. To her surprise, writing The Girl in the Red Boot opens up new insights, and she reaches a new level of understanding and compassion for her mother and herself.

Because Julie McGue and her twin sister Jenny were placed into a closed adoption as infants, they possess no family background. When at 48 Julie begins to have health issues, the sisters decide it’s time to learn about their biological background. But they quickly learn their adoptive mom is unhappy about their decision to search for their birth mother. Twice a Daughter details a complicated triangle where the sisters juggle both of their mothers’ wants and needs against their own.

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 6:00 p.m. EST
Location: Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85939017736?pwd=QVBJVUM3RnhPemhtMzZQTkxPbk9zQT09)
Fee: Free to attend

Writing Our MothersMarlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan                    Thursday, May 6. 
This workshop, co-led by Dr. Judy Rabinor and Esther Cohen, explores the complexity of mothering and motherhood. Through meditative writing exercises, participants will have the opportunity to explore and expand their own complex experience as daughters and/or mothers. Come alone or bring your mother or daughter.
Date: Thursday, May 6, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Location: Zoom (Please register in advance and the program link will be sent to you.)
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for public
Sign up here or contact boxoffice@mmjccm.org for additional information.

Morningside Chats in the Living Room with Sondra Kronberg — Saturday, May 8
11 am.
Do you or someone you know struggle with an eating problem? Join Judy and Sondra talking about the healing power of families—how mothers, fathers, siblings, husbands, and any and every other family member can make a crucial difference.
Date: Saturday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Zoom (link TBD)
Sign up here.

Our Mothers: Secrets, Myths and Stories — A Mother’s Day Write-In —Sunday, May 9
Mother’s Day may evoke your thoughts, feelings, and memories. We are all stamped by the lives our mothers led — and didn’t lead. We will spend an hour writing together and exploring the ways we have been impacted by our mothers’ secrets, myths, and stories.
Sharing optional, not required. 
Date: Sunday, May 9, 1-2 p.m. EST
Location: Zoom (link TBD)
Fee: $25. Payment by Zelle, Venmo (@Judith-Rabinor), or check to 36 Biarritz Street, Lido Beach, NY 11561
       Email me to sign up: jrrabinor@gmail.com

Book Launch EventShakespeare & Co. — Wednesday, May 12

In conversation with Laura Zinn Fromm, author of Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking and Coping.

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. EST
Location: Zoom

Register for free here or email me at jrrabinor@gmail.com.