The Nefesh Committee Wellness Series
Thursday, February 18 at 7:00pm
Living Healthy in a COVID World
An evening with the author, Dr. Aly Cohen
Join Author, physician and congregant, Dr. Aly Cohen for an evening focusing on the tools you need to stay healthy during these challenging times. Dr. Cohen will share information on mental health, diet, nutrition, nature and chemical exposure reduction designed to maintain the health of your body, mind and soul.
How Do We Heal? A Message from Jewish Family & Children's Services
Healing, one of our agency’s three core values, is derived from the Jewish value Tikkun Olam.
Tikkun Olam - Healing the World, the concept can seem overwhelming in the best of times, for as much as we try, there is always healing needed.
Where do we even begin?
First, we must be sure we heal from within. We must prioritize our own mental health and well-being before looking to give of ourselves to others. Remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup.
Then we look outward, we lend a helping hand – a mitzvah, a good deed. That act of kindness, gemilut hasadim, lends itself to another, then another. We all find inspiration in stories of “paying it forward,” continuing the good deeds.
When help is given…to an individual when kindness is shown to them during a personal crisis; to a family when neighbors rally together for them; to a community when we put the needs of our collective over our individual gains…there we find hope.
And when we have developed an emphasis on helping others, when we have sparked hope through united service for each other, that is where we start healing.
These small steps begin to heal, to repair our "world." We then challenge ourselves to broaden who is considered our community, expanding the boundaries of our world, and together we will repair, restore, and heal.
If you are seeking extra support during these difficult times...
JFCS Phone Drop-In Hours - 609-987-8100 Dial 0
Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 AM - 12 PM
Tue & Thu: 5 - 7 PM
Connect with Warmlines
NJ Hopeline - 1-855-654-6735
Wellness: Mind, Body, Soul
LOCAL SUPPORT SERVICES
"...works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life."
"...non-profit organization that fosters strong and healthy young people of all identities by providing inclusive and youth informed sex education and LGBTQ+ support for young people throughout NJ
"Helps to create a more supportive environment for grieving children and families."
"...a non-profit counseling agency for adolescents, young adults, and their families with substance abuse and family crisis issues."
(Stop Abusive Relationships at Home) part of JFCS "...addresses issues relating to domestic abuse occurring within the Jewish community."
Contact - Debra Levenstein
(Attitudes in Reverse)
"...mission of AIR is to educate society about mental health....strives to provide unlimited mental health awareness and suicide prevention programs to youth and young adults.
"...works with older adults who range in age from 60 to over 100 – a majority in their 80s. They vary in physical mobility, economic status and backgrounds."
Parent Support Articles
Some advice on how to explain this difficult situation to your
children. - NPR.com
What I Learned as a Parent of a Transgender Child
by Paria Hassouri, M.D.
A parent describes her own transition toward acceptance of
her child’s identity.
VIDEO, MEDIA & INTERACTIVE
Institute For Jewish Spirituality (IJS) Free Weekday Meditation Sit
Live (sign up on IJS site
or recorded on Facebook
One Day University - description
Elder Hostel - description
Temple Emanuel - Streicker Center - description
55 Plus - description
Fitness Videos -
How To Eat for Health and Comm?
Amazon - If you have Amazon Prime or an Amazon Firestick you have access to fitness videos ranging from children’s yoga to strength training to Zumba!
YUMMLY! - Takes perfect comfort food recipes and makes them healthier.
COVID Resources and Information
RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery’s Hope and Healing Program offers emotional support services, education and community-based resources for individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anxiety and Depression Guide During COVID-19
You can let anxiety consume you, or you can feel the fear and also find joy in ordinary life, even now.
It’s been a while since many of us have been to work, the gym or the hairdressers. We’re still not sleeping well. Take a step back and pay attention to your mental and physical needs during this time. You’ll be glad you did.
Try a few (or all) of these tips to help you stay mentally and physically strong this season.
Spiritual Wisdom and Guidance
Support for Addiction Recovery
FREE SUPPORT GROUPS
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit
...provides advocacy support, networking and information to those affected by ADHS in your community.
Free support groups 2x week on zoom
To register and get the zoom link:
Group for adults with ADHD
Every Monday 7:30-9:30pm
Group for parents of child with ADHD
Every Thursday 7:30-9:30pm
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