Jewish Approaches to Mental Wellness: An Exploration of Jewish Values and Prayer - JFSSD
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Jewish Approaches to Mental Wellness:
An Exploration of Jewish Values and Prayer

This virtual Community Conversation took place on Monday, April 15, 2024

Featured Speaker: Carly Coons, Director of Education and Programming, The Blue Dove Foundation

There comes a time in everyone’s lives, when we are in need of refuah shleimah (healing of mind and body)—be it physical, mental, emotional, social, or spiritual support. Some of us may be struggling with mental health or addiction, experiencing burnout at work, or feeling the weight of caring for children and parents at the same time.

Join the Center for Jewish Care, The Blue Dove Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of San Diego as we guide you through activities that explore the ways middot (Jewish values) and prayer affect our mental health. Together, we’ll take a deeper look into the Mi Sheberach (a traditional prayer for healing) and write unique prayers for our mental health.

Community Conversations: Learning Together

The Center for Jewish Care at JFS provides a home to engage in authentic and meaningful Jewish conversations. As a community, we have a rich history of studying our ancient texts to reveal values that can inform our beliefs and actions. While some individuals commit to personal study, our tradition also encourages studying in pairs or community (hevruta) recognizing that healthy discussion and debate can illuminate alternate perspectives, new understandings, and innovative approaches to today’s challenges. Together, we critically examine how the teachings of our heritage can be applied to modern issues, whether how to maintain our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, care for our loved ones and neighbors in need, or even fresh takes on current headlines. Each conversation welcomes our community into dialogue with thought-provoking community leaders, clergy, educators, therapists, and other national and local experts. The Center for Jewish Care invites you to study and learn with us.