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How to Cope with Anxiety and Uncertainty

No matter our circumstances, uncertainty is a part of our lives. When society faces upheaval and our sense of security wanes, how do we stop it from controlling us or creating a sense of panic? No matter how big or small stressors may seem, they should not be ignored or treated as a source of […]

Dealing with Disruption: Strategies for Thriving in the New Normal

Recent events have left many feeling at a loss. How can you move forward? How do you feel as though you can put your life back together? Feelings of anxiety and fear for yourself, loved ones, and about the future. These large questions and fears are presented to us daily. Everyone has felt an upheaval […]

Resources for Coping with COVID-19: Community Connection Series

No matter our circumstances, COVID-19 has introduced uncertainty into our lives. To help address these unprecedented challenges from a mental health perspective, The Jewish Board is offering a virtual Community Connections series – free, online sessions where anyone can hear from our staff experts and have an opportunity to ask questions before, during, and after […]

Caring for Your Spirit in a Time of Crisis

Anxiety from crises takes a toll on one’s soul. Whatever stress one is feeling from within or is receiving from others combines into negative feelings that are hard to ignore. Many are now practicing self-quarantine, social distancing, and working from home. Many are also currently unemployed. These current environments cause feelings of isolation and stagnancy, […]

Using ZOOM To Stay Connected To Your Teens

Teens, who are already dealing with the stress that comes with being a teenager, now find their lives in complete upheaval due to COVID-19. Across the nation, teens are finding these times hard and frustrating as they face fear and anger over missed class trips and prom, cancelled plays and performances, and are now dealing […]

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 […]

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