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All Gone: On the Challenges and Resources of Spirituality After a Suicide

Losing a loved one to suicide is not only an emotional earthquake and a psychological crisis; it is a spiritual cataclysm of a profound nature. Our assumptive universe, normally, projects that the ones we care about, those whom we know intimately and assist regularly will not abandon us, and will share with us if/when the […]

Teens, Tweens, and Screens: 7 Actions to Help Kids Navigate Life Online

When parents become involved with kids’ media lives, kids consume less and understand more of what they consume. Here are seven more actions parents can take to help their kids navigate life online. 1. Actively help kids create their social media profiles. Parents can provide guidance about what’s appropriate or inappropriate by getting involved at […]

Teens, Tweens, and Screens: Having the Social Media “Talk”

When parents become involved with kids’ media lives, kids consume less and understand more of what they consume. Having “The Talk” Parents can help teens and tweens navigate social media with an “Social Media Talk” that helps their kids understand how to create and maintain a healthy context for their digital lives. What to Ask […]

Teens, Tweens, and Screens: How to Help Your Kids Navigate Life Online

Did you know that children, on average, get their first smartphones by age 10? Yes, kids are getting their devices earlier and using them more often than ever before. Recent research has shown that tweens spend six hours a day on entertainment, including online time. And teens spend, on average, nine hours a day on […]

Coping with Uncertainty

Uncertainty is unavoidable in our lives. Will it rain or snow tomorrow? Will the trains be running on schedule? Some people live with some uncertainty. Will my children have a good learning experience at school? How will I manage the budget? Others live with a lot of uncertainty. What will be the results of the […]

Exercises for Coping with Uncertainty: Worry Box and Grounding Techniques

Uncertainty is unavoidable in our lives, but there are many ways to cope positively with uncertainty, and it is most important for individuals to find what works for them. Two techniques that can be used to help with feelings of uncertainty are the worry box and grounding techniques. Experiment with techniques like these to find […]

Exercises for Coping with Uncertainty: Relaxation Breathing and Imagery

Uncertainty is unavoidable in our lives, but there are many ways to cope positively with uncertainty, and it is most important for individuals to find what works for them. When stress takes a physical and emotional toll, we can take a minute to relax with a breathing exercise or imagery. These techniques can be used […]

Exercises for Coping with Uncertainty: Additional Tips

Uncertainty is unavoidable in our lives, but there are many ways to cope positively with uncertainty, and it is most important for individuals to find what works for them. Sometimes, a good cry can help you cope with the stress of uncertainty. Letting out your emotions can feel like a release. It can be helpful […]

Helpful Jewish Community Services Links

General Resources RitualWell: Presented by Ma’yan and Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Study, RitualWell focuses on women’s life cycle and other issues. While it is not oriented to physical illness, there is a healing section with rituals related to healing from abuse and mastectomy, as well as some other generic material. There […]

Helpful Bikur Cholim Links

Jewish Board Bikur Cholim Resources Rita J. Kaplan Jewish Community Services: the home of the Bikur Cholim Coordinating Council, Jewish Community Services promotes integration of services with spirituality and combine the richness of Jewish traditions with social work practices—such as spiritual and group counseling, workshops, consultation, training, and more. We offer individuals and families connections […]

The Outstretched Arm

From 1991 to 2010, The Jewish Healing Center, which became part of The Jewish Board in 1999, published a series of newsletters called The Outstretched Arm that helped define Jewish Healing and how to achieve wholeness through it. This was done by looking within Judaism and the Jewish community to develop resources, activities, environments, and […]

Recovery Seder Workshop

Seder Order Kadesh- blessing the day over the fruit of the vine Urchatz- ritual hand washing Karpas- eat a green vegetable Yachatz- break the middle matzah Maggid- tell the Exodus story Rachtza- hand washing before meal Motzi Matzah- eat matzah Maror- eat bitter herbs or vegetable Korech- eat bitter herb and matzah together Shulchan Orech- […]

The Second Half of the Seder: Healing, Hope and Redemption

Every year, as Pesach approaches, I plan that we will go a little faster through the first half of the seder, and that I will serve a lighter meal, so that we can devote sufficient attention to the second half of the seder service.  Every year, we linger over new and familiar interpretations of the early […]

The Haggadah and Healing

Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm… Deut. 5:15 Reciting the Passover story reminds us not only of a transcendent moment in the history of the Jews, but of transformative times of misery and suffering ‐ and […]

Being a Bikur Cholim Telephone Visitor

The ubiquitous telephone! How many of us have gotten calls that lift our spirits or warm our hearts? With forethought and skill the telephone can be used for bikur cholim in a meaningful and efficient way. Many points of visiting are the same whether face-to-face or via the telephone, but some are different. Both require […]

Prayers for Bikur Cholim Visitors

Traditionally, prayer has been an integral part of a bikur cholim visit, with two main purposes: Comforting the sick Helping them experience, in a tangible way, a connection with the Jewish community Jewish sources cite specific prayers to be offered at the bedside of the sick. The Shulchan Aruch (16th century Code of Jewish Law) […]

Conversation Essentials for Bikur Cholim

Bikur cholim is an investment of time and includes attention, patience, perceptive listening, sincere concern, openness, and communication skills. As in all verbal communication, tone of voice is very important and can change the meaning behind the question. Below are techniques to help facilitate communication when making a visit or talking with the person on […]

Tips For Bikur Cholim Visitors

Bikur cholim visiting skills are skills for life. They include being fully present, and being a good listener and knowing proper visiting etiquette. These guidelines will help you in communicating your caring intention and being an effective visitor: Being fully present Try to put yourself in the other person’s place. Put aside daydreams and distraction […]

A Digest of Laws of Bikur Cholim

The following digest of laws of Bikur Cholim is compiled from the Shulhan Arukh (16th Century text) & Rabbinic Literature Visiting the sick is in emulation of the Almighty’s own actions, when He visited Abraham after his circumcision: “The Lord appeared unto him by the terebinths of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door […]

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