On behalf of CJP and the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project (RSIP), I want to express my heartfelt wishes that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.
Though we will not be able to gather in person for our annual RSIP spring event, we invite you to participate in some or all of our upcoming online series: Mental Health During COVID-19.
- Wednesday, May 13: The Psychological and Emotional Impact of COVID-19 with David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP and Shelly Christensen, MA
Join David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital to hear how we can help ourselves cope with the current crisis. Dr. Rosmarin will draw upon cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal strategies, as well as spiritual approaches such as practicing gratitude, acts of kindness, finding meaning in suffering, radical acceptance, and embracing uncertainty. We will also hear from Shelly Christensen, MA, renowned author, founder of Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, and leader in the faith community disability and mental health inclusion field; Sharon Shapiro, Trustee, Ruderman Family Foundation; and Sarah Abramson, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Impact at CJP. We'll have time for Q&A.
- Tuesday, May 19: What COVID-19 Teaches Us About Inclusion, Resilience, Belonging, and Hope with Rabbi Menachem Penner and Shelly Christensen, MA
This pandemic poses new obstacles to belonging and inclusion, especially in terms of our spiritual life. Shelly Christensen and Rabbi Menachem Penner, Dean of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, will offer us strategies to guide, support, and inspire us. Rabbi Penner will speak from experience about how Jewish values may offer solace and help us find meaning in these difficult times. We'll also be joined by Sharon Shapiro, Trustee, Ruderman Family Foundation; and Jennifer Weinstock, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, CJP. We'll have time for Q&A.
- Wednesday, May 27: Together in Harmony: An Evening of Celebration featuring Neshama Carlebach and Rabbi Menachem Creditor
During this unprecedented time of social isolation, coming together as a community is more important than ever. Join us for an evening of healing, song, and reflection with Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Scholar in Residence at the UJA-Federation of New York, and his wife, internationally renowned singer and songwriter Neshama Carlebach. We will also hear from Rabbi Marc Baker, CJP’s President and CEO, and Ruderman Family Foundation leadership.
Now, more than ever, we all need to reach out and foster kindness in our synagogue communities and in the world. Please see full descriptions of our upcoming events below. We hope to see you at one, or all, of them!
These events are free but we do ask that you please register. Select one or more sessions on the registration page and you'll receive a Zoom link approximately two days before the event.