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Mental Health Awareness Panel

On Wednesday night the Orthodox Union/JLIC at the Tanger Hillel of Brooklyn College had a panel discussion entitled “Depression and Anxiety: Let’s Talk”, with the intent of breaking the stigma and getting the community talking.

Very often mental illness is a disease of separation where people feel different, isolated, and alone…and you really don’t have to be.
– Dr. Perlstein, Clinical Psychologist, DBT CBT Specialist

It featured a panel of six people including a Child Psychiatrist, a Clinical Psychologist, Social Workers, Organization leaders and a religious leader.

Mental illness is real. It’s something that needs to be addressed and something that we cannot shy away from anymore. Confront it. Deal with it. Get proper help.
– Zvi Gluck, Executive Director and Founder of Amudim

They spoke on a range of topics, from depression and anxiety to addictions and signs to look out for, as well as what we can do to help ourselves and those around us.

People aren’t crazy. Human behavior, every behavior that someone does, there’s a reason behind it. Let’s try to understand why before we judge it.
– Alexander Rand, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

At the end of the event, they had a resource expo handing out pamphlets and information for a lot of local organizations. They also handed out a booklet of information that people can take home and use as a guide if they ever needed a place to turn.

It’s time for us to be open with each other. It’s time for us to stop thinking and worrying about the shidduchim of our six-year-olds with ADHD. It’s time for us to stop running away from our problems. Face the problems.
– Dr. Ronen Hizami, Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist

The event was in memory of my friend Rebecca, who we lost almost one year ago, although it was the first anniversary on the Hebrew calendar on Wednesday, the day of the event.

Education ends the stigma. It’s important that we get a clear picture of what it is so that we stop stigmatizing without realizing what it’s all about.
– Rabbi Yisroel Grossberg, Principal of BCA and Rabbinic Advisor for Chazkeinu

Amudim, an organization formed to help provide assistance and guidance to those facing crisis, and whose founder was on the panel, recorded and live streamed the event via Facebook.
I turned their feed into an unlisted YouTube video, making it easier to view without a Facebook account.

We do have a choice whether we stay in denial or whether we come out of denial and take action and fight it.
– Judith Leventhal, Licensed Social Worker, Author  of National Bestselling Series, Small Miracles

I know it’s two hours long, but trust me it is worth watching and sharing along to everyone you know. You never know who needs it and who will benefit from it.
As always, if anyone ever needs it, my inbox is always open to talk.

Frances Irwin – Holocaust Survivor – Passes Away

Frances Irwin, a Holocaust survivor, passed away yesterday morning, following ongoing heart trouble.

Frances – originally from Konskie, Poland – meant a lot, and was very close to, a lot of us at the Tanger Hillel of Brooklyn College, being a long time supporter of the Hillel and a great storyteller, sharing her survival story.

Thanks to Yad Vashem here is Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3, of her memoir, Remember To Be A Good Human Being.

Her funeral is this morning at 10AM at Midwood Chapel, 1635 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn NY.

The family will be at the Tanger Hillel (2901 Campus Road, Brooklyn NY) tomorrow night, Tuesday May 5th, from 4-7PM, with a special tribute to Frances at 6PM.

Courtesy  of Tablet Mag

Courtesy of Tablet Mag

May G-d comfort the family, together with all mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

BC Hillel Passover Deliveries

This Sunday I went to the Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College (at which I’m a board member) to do our yearly Passover Deliveries to the Elderly.

Every year we get in different goods to deliver, thanks in part to the Met Council on Jewish Poverty, and this year we had a nice haul to spread around to those who needed it:

  • Hand Matzah
  • Machine Matzah
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Apple Juice
  • Mayonnaise
  • Tuna
  • Pickles
  • Jam
  • Applesauce
  • Macaroons

I think that covered it all.

Our deliveries ranged all over Brooklyn, using lists that are built on year after year, and went out to over 300 families.

I started off at the Hillel, helping organize the groups going out, and loading the proper packages into each volunteer vehicle.
Those that didn’t come with a vehicle were either paired up in a car (in case the driver couldn’t find parking) or remained at the Hillel to help load cars and pack more packages as needed.

As the list wound down, me and another volunteer went out in my car to tackle two routes and delivered to 16 families.

All in all a great Sunday of volunteering!

If you want to, it’s not too late to donate to the cause, and that can be done HERE.

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In Which I speak at an Al Tanger Memorial @BCHillel

A few months ago I wrote about the death of broadcasting great Al Tanger.

And last week Thursday, the Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College (of which I’m on the Board of Directors for) honored the man who put his name on the building.

In what turned out to be a great little event, attended by many students, a few people spoke about their experiences with the late Mr. Tanger. I was also asked to speak at this event, just about my experiences at the Hillel, and I threw in a few connections that I had with him.

Of course being the third (fourth?) speaker at an event like this, means that everyone before you has already said a lot of what you will…but that’s what improvising is for! And lucky I was able to think quickly and keep it semi-coherent.

This is the script of what I wrote for the speech…of course it changed from what I actually said, but the main points toward the end all stayed. <SPEECH LINK>

It was also really nice that two of Al’s children and one grandchild came to our event (most of them live in the Boston area), the latter of which spoke briefly to the group of us there.

Al Tanger Speech Pic