Nefesh Resources




Nefesh, Hebrew for spirit of life or breath of life. The Nefesh Committee, part of our Gateways Initiative, provides information, resources and programming to nourish the mind, body and soul of the members of the Beth Chaim family.



The Nefesh Committee offers the following resources to our Beth Chaim family as we adjust to the reality of Coronavirus.


Click here for a quick reference to guide parents in managing their children’s concerns and questions related to pandemic.


Relevant Articles & Podcasts


Find inspiration in quotations on healing during the pandemic.


How to Maintain Motivation in a Pandemic

“Doing what’s meaningful — acting on what really matters to a person — is the antidote to burnout.”

Read the article in the NY Times


Dear Therapist’s Guide to Staying Sane During a Pandemic

You can let anxiety consume you, or you can feel the fear and also find joy in ordinary life, even now.

Read in the article in The Atlantic


Listen to Facing Pandemic Fears with an Awake Heart from Tara Brach

While it’s natural to feel fear during times of great collective crisis, our challenge is that fear easily takes over our lives. This talk explores how the mindfulness and compassion of the RAIN meditation can help us find an inner refuge in the face of fear, and deepen our loving connection with each other.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tara-brach/id265264862?i=1000468917836


Taking care of yourself during the pandemic, from head to toe by Suzette Moyer It’s been more than a month since many of us have been to work, the gym or the hairdressers. We’re still not sleeping well, our hands are dry from too much hand sanitizer, and our brains are foggy from reading too much about covid-19. Take a step back and pay attention to your mental and physical needs during this time. You’ll be glad you did.

Read the article in The Washington Post


How to Talk to Your Kids about Canceled Summer Plans This resource can guide you and your family in ongoing discussions with children during the COVID-19 pandemic. It offers specific language you can use when responding to children about the heartbreaking news that they will not be able to attend camp or other planned programming this summer.

Read more at ReformJudaism.org


Dispelling Myths on Mental Illness

Read the article on Nami.org


Meditation sites

· https://www.heromovement.net/blog/free-guided-meditation-resources/

· https://www.meditationoasis.com/apps

· https://www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditation-basic-meditations

· https://www.calm.com/

· https://www.headspace.com/

· https://themeditationpodcast.com/


Spiritual Wisdom and Guidance

· https://reformjudaism.org/blog/2020/03/15/weve-been-here-spiritual-wisdom-enduring-coronavirus?


Anxiety and depression guide during COVID-19

· https://adaa.org/blog/category/anxiety

· https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/COVID-19-and-Mental-Illness-NAMI-Releases-Importan/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US

· https://www.virusanxiety.com/

· https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html


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.


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