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.
Shine the Light on Mental Well-Being: As Temple continues to shine the light on mental well-being, adults of all ages joined Rabbi Debra Robbins to learn from national experts how to care for ourselves and others. Links to the recorded sessions follow below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.706.0000, ext. 122.
Speaker Vanita Halliburton is co-founder and executive Chairman of the Grant Halliburton Foundation, a non-profit established in 2006. In this session, Vanita helped us talk about ways we can be attentive to our own mental wellbeing at this time of transition in our lives and in the lives of those we love. Watch here.
Dr. Betsy Stone is a consultant, psychologist and adjunct lecturer at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. This session, called “Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome,” considers the strengths, skills and beliefs we want to keep as we progress into the next stage of living through Covid-19. Watch here.