At Temple Emanu-El, the creation of a vibrant and meaningful community is both an enduring value and an ongoing endeavor. For us, community means a sense of warm welcome, meaningful relationships, and mutual responsibility. One such responsibility is to the mental well-being of each member of our community, during the current pandemic and always. For centuries, Jewish communities have been supporting each other through times of joy and times of struggle, and Temple Emanu-El is no exception.
Judaism teaches kol Yisrael areivim zeh bezeh, all of Israel is responsible for one another, and that responsibility means supporting each other physically and emotionally. In the traditional prayer for healing, Mi Shebeirach, we pray for the healing of body, refuat haguf, and the healing of spirit, refuat hanefesh. The Hebrew word Nefesh refers to our soul, reminding us that spiritual health is an essential component of overall well-being. Body and spirit are integrally linked in Jewish life, and as a caring community, we must do our part to attend to both.
Below you will find a link to a page of mental well-being resources. In addition to these resources, please know that Temple’s clergy and pastoral care team are here to support you. If you would like to be involved in this work, or if you are seeking support, please reach out to our Director of Member Support, Meredith Pryzant, at email@example.com or 214.706.0000, ext. 122.
Learn more about Pamela in this short interview with Amy Roseman, member of the Temple Well-Being working group.
Katherine F. Baum Adult Education Lecture | Sunday, April 11 at 10 a.m.
Learn what teens want adults to know and skills for talking to kids about mental well-being. One of Pamela’s recent endeavors is HereNow, a teen-led community for mental health and wellness. This is the first of three sessions for shining the light on mental well-being, made possible by a grant from the Katherine F. Baum Adult Education Fund. Register
Teen Workshop | Sunday, April 11 at 1 p.m.
A workshop for teens, with a candid discussion about preparing for moments of crisis and building your resilience crew. Made possible by a grant from the Women of Reform Judaism. Register
ATiD Workshop for 20s/30s | Wednesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Young adults are invited to join Pam for a comedy and joke-writing workshop with a focus on mental well-being. Made possible by a grant from the Women of Reform Judaism. Register