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What Do I Do When…? What Congregational Leaders Need to Know about Mental Illness

A day of learning and discussion for pulpit rabbis and congregational leaders created through a collaboration of Rethink The Conversation, Sinai and Synapses, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, The Jewish Board, and UJA-Federation of New York.

Monday, September 12, 2016 from 9am to 4pm

at UJA-Federation of New York, 130 East 59th Street, New York, New York 10022

Families whose loved ones begin to show signs of major mental illness may not know where to turn for help, often experiencing a terrible sense of aloneness compounded by a deep feeling of loss. We believe that clergy and congregational communities are in a special position to provide support.

What Do I Do When . . .? will provide an opportunity for rabbis and lay leaders to engage mental health experts and one another in a discussion about mental illness. Workshops and presentations will focus on a range of topics, including the science of mental illness, appropriate responses to individuals suffering from mental illness, the role of community in the recovery process, and the contributions the Jewish tradition offers to our understanding of these issues.

The conference will also feature a brief introduction to Melavim, a new initiative being developed by Drisha Institute and the Jewish Board, which will recruit and train cohort of individuals to support members of their synagogue communities whose lives are impacted by mental illness.

For detailed information about the conference program, click here: http://www.ujafedny.org/focus-on-mental-health-rabbinic-conference-program-program/.

To register, click here: https://www.ujafedny.org/event/view/focus-on-mental-health/.

What Do I Do When . . . ? was created through a collaboration of Rethink the Conversation, Sinai and Synapses, Drisha Institute, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, and UJA-Federation of New York.