Homes are the cure to homelessness
“I believe that shelters are a triage, and they won’t solve the entrenched problem of homelessness. In fact, over the course of my career as a doctor, the most powerful medication I’ve ever seen is an apartment. After someone moves into an apartment off the streets, within a few weeks, their health conditions improve, they […]
COVID Vaccines Need an Advocate for Trans Healthcare
(Photo by Jahleel Shaheed) “As someone who is both disabled and transgender, I have often had to be my own health advocate; in this instance, it turned out to be important to my vaccination journey. […] Along with my own personal research, The Jewish Board, the New York City-based health and human services nonprofit where […]
For the Disabled, Getting Vaccinated Can Be an Obstacle Course
The early days of the vaccination program were particularly difficult. “When the rollout first happened, we were fortunate to be in the prioritized group,” said Ilene Margolin, a consultant at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, the largest social services nonprofit in New York City, offering residential and non-residential programs catering to more […]
Mayor de Blasio, First Lady, And Electeds Announce $37M Investment For Mental Illness
David Rivel, CEO of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, said, “The City should be applauded for investing resources to facilitate collaboration between the NYPD and the mental health system, including utilizing the valuable perspectives and expertise offered by peer staff. Specifically, increasing the joint mental health/police capacity to assist persons experiencing mental […]
New York nonprofits to benefit from worldwide anti-homeless campaign (and other updates from across New York)
The Jewish Board raised $725,000 for its Cycle of Support event. One of the organization’s most successful fundraising events, the 11th annual bike ride through Westchester County attracted 370 riders on Sunday. The money will support the nonprofit’s mental health programs for children. Visit NYN Media for the full story.
What Does a Healthy Relationship Look Like?
“Relationships happen on a continuum,” says Jessica Gulmi, the clinic director at Crossroads: The Manhattan Young Adult Clinic, an organization that provides mental health support to young people in a safe, inclusive environment. “They can look and feel different at different points. There is definitely a healthy side, but some relationships can become unhealthy or […]
Brooklyn doctors create accountable care organization to build on DSRIP work
The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services has launched a psychiatric nurse practitioner residency program. The program is designed to help recently graduated psychiatric nurse practitioners obtain additional training in psychiatry and mental health and address a shortage of psychiatric nurse practitioners in New York, the organization said. The one-year curriculum is similar to […]
Four counties and an upcoming suicide prevention study (and other updates from across New York)
One nonprofit has received three contracts from the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. The deals will fund preventive services for teens through contracts with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services ($3.3 million), ($3.6 million) and ($1.85 million). Visit NYN Media for the full story
The Jewish Board Raises $1.8M, Honors Nancy Shevell McCartney
The Jewish Board on Tuesday hosted its annual spring benefit in New York City’s Plaza Hotel, honoring Trustee David Moore and volunteer Nancy Shevell McCartney, with over 500 guests in attendance, raising more than $1.8 million for its many philanthropic programs. Some of the city’s most notable moguls were in attendance, including Paul McCartney, who […]
Jews Are Speaking Out Against China’s Ethnic Cleansing Of Muslims. Will It Help?
“We Jews vowed ‘Never Again’ and have an obligation, because of our Torah and our history, to prevent this cruel dehumanization and slaughter from happening again, to any of God’s children,” Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, the rabbinic director of the Jewish Board in New York, told me in an email. Visit Forward for the full […]
Is Everyone Hooking Up But Me?
“Social media is definitely flooded with posts that make it appear like everyone is hooking up,” says Jessica Gulmi, clinic director at Crossroads: The Manhattan Young Adult Clinic, an organization that provides mental health support to young people. “But that doesn’t necessarily reflect how much it’s happening in reality.” In fact, less than half of […]
How to Help a Friend Through a Bad Breakup
“If you have ever been heartbroken over a relationship, you know the feeling is lousy,” says Errol Moodie, program manager at Crossroads: The Manhattan Young Adult Clinic in New York City. “You know what your friend is going through and might want to offer advice. But at the same time, now is the moment you […]
“Not On Speaking Terms.” Estrangement Inside Jewish Families
The family that has been shunned or abandoned by an absent relative also feels shame, says Simkha Weintraub, rabbinic director at the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services in New York. A rabbi and social worker involved in the Jewish healing movement, he counsels families and says that “Shame is a major factor in […]
‘You Feel Like You’re Being Hugged’: Going Blind Let Him See a World of Kindness
So Dorot contacted the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, also a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation, which used $700 in Neediest funds last December to buy a cabinet where Mr. Harari could store his electronic equipment. “My computer is there, and I don’t have to worry about things,” Mr. Harari said. “It made my […]
Designer Favorite Alpha Workshops Has a New Owner
Alpha Workshops—the much-beloved New York nonprofit founded by Kenneth Wampler in 1995 to train those with HIV/AIDS or disabilities, in the decorative arts—is now a wholly owned subsidiary of another nonprofit, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (the Jewish Board). The nonprofit includes the vocational school Alpha Workshops Studio School (AWSS), which is […]
Helping Those in Need Find Thanksgiving
But last week, Mr. McCall, who is now 19, led a prayer before about 100 residents, staff, volunteers and alumni who celebrated Thanksgiving at the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan House, a residential treatment program for young men who predominantly come from the foster care system. The house is a program of the Jewish […]
‘How Can I Help?’ Meet 5 People Who Serve the Community
Ms. Hochstein lost her job in the 2008 economic downturn and has been volunteering across New York ever since. She began volunteering at the Jewish Board two years ago and has worked throughout the organization, including helping clients fill out applications for low-income housing. She also has a passion for helping people advance their careers, […]
What Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade Can Teach Us About Mental Health
Grappling with a substance use disorder or other social determinants of health – such as poverty, unemployment, unstable housing and suffering from multiple traumas, can increase the odds of a person becoming depressed and suicidal, says Dr. Paula G. Panzer, chief clinical and medical officer at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in […]
Get Well Soon
“What we’ve seen is a combination of an apparent increase in the actual incidence of mental-health issues, greater awareness, and decreased stigma, which has resulted in more requests for help,” said Jonathan Katz, director of Jewish Community Service at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in New York City. “In response, we are […]
Mental Health Awareness Month: When Someone Is Fighting A Battle You Know Nothing About
Draw on outside resources. For example, Forest Hills Jewish Center works with an on-site social worker from New York’s Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services to support their efforts at including the mentally ill. Visit New York Jewish Week for the full story.