Health and Wellness

How We Can Embrace Those Struggling with Severe Depression

Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, L.C.S.W.
May 10, 2016

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to consider how we can help prevent and treat mental illness – including the agonizing scourge of clinical depression. It’s also the month leading up to Shavuot, when we read the Book of Ruth. The story of Ruth and Naomi includes powerful lessons about how relationships and community can restore and sustain those facing difficult times.  

I Lost My Father in Mitzrayim

Deborah Greene
April 25, 2016

Passover is usually one of my favorite holidays. I love the ritual of preparing the house, the smell of the food, and the joyous atmosphere at the seder table. But this year is different. Passover began only three days after the one-year anniversary of my father’s suicide.

Amyloidosis? Yes, You Need to Know

Scott Hertz
February 29, 2016

As a communications director, it’s my job to tell other people’s stories. However, I’m not always so comfortable telling my own. Even so, I want to tell you my dad’s story. More than that, I need to tell you about amyloidosis, the rare disease that took his life, so we can help save others from the same fate.