Author Judy Batalion to Discuss the Messiness of Motherhood at Jewish Family Service Luncheon on May 30th - JFSSD
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Author Judy Batalion to Discuss the Messiness of Motherhood at Jewish Family Service Luncheon on May 30th

SAN DIEGO (April 16, 2018) – Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s (JFS) annual luncheon to support mental health awareness will take place on Wednesday, May 30 at 11:00am at the La Jolla Hyatt, with author and performer Judy Batalion sharing her humorous and insightful account of hoarding, healing, and the effects of the Holocaust on four generations of women in her family.

The event, held by JFS’s Behavioral Health Committee, will feature stories from Batalion’s life. Her critically acclaimed autobiography, White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between, details her tumultuous relationship with her mother – a severe hoarder – as well as the daunting task of raising a daughter after her own dysfunctional childhood. In addition to publishing her memoir, Batalion has performed original comedy sketches around the world and has written for a number of illustrious publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan and Salon.

“JFS’s Behavioral Health Committee encourages open and honest conversation about mental health issues. We want people to know that they are not alone,” said JFS CEO Michael Hopkins. “By hosting events like our annual luncheon, we hope to bring folks together not only in support of one another, but in support of the community at large.”

Registration for the event will begin at 11:00am with the program following until 1:30pm. Tickets can be purchased for $50 through May 1 and for $60 thereafter, with funds helping to eliminate the stigma of mental illness through education and outreach.

Champion underwriters for the event include Charitable Adults Rides & Services, Inc (CARS); Caryl Lees Witte of Century 21; Kaiser Permanente; Karen and Jeffrey Silberman; the Loonin Family Fund; Marcia Foster Hazan and Mark Cammell; Marie G. Raftery and Dr. Robert A. Rubenstein; U.S. Bank; and Vivien and Jeffrey Ressler.

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