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January 26, 2022

January Focus: Mental Health

Is winter getting you down? Is the uncertainty of COVID making you anxious? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, you’re not alone. The unrelenting pandemic has led to soaring mental health needs for Jewish Chicagoans—and beyond. We hope this month’s email will offer you tips for boosting your mood, resources to turn to, and some inspo, too.


Mental health tips for kids, teens, and their parents

JUF-funded agencies are working hard to address mental health issues in our community, especially during the pandemic. Check in with Samantha Savin, who oversees child and teen mental health programs for JCC Chicago, for tips to help your children – and yourself – feel well.


Be kind--to you--in '22

How to practice self-compassion during the pandemic that just won't quit.


Discover 'The Shrink Next Door' and its real-life Jewish inspiration

Did you know that the Apple TV+ limited series The Shrink Next Door was inspired by a true Jewish story? Learn more about the history behind Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd’s popular show from JTA. (Photo credit: Apple TV+)


Daily moving, deep breathing, seaweed?
Tips for a healthier lifestyle

Getting mentally and physically healthy can come in the form of taking small steps every day. Check out this list of foods that reduce anxiety and habits that encourage self-care to find your way to start living a healthier lifestyle. 


Where to go for extra support

If you or a loved one is struggling and want to learn more about mental health counseling, support groups, or group psychotherapy, please visit JCFS Chicago or call 855.275.5237.  

Additionally, from focused mental health support for older adults, to group support for parents of teens and tweens; from virtual yoga to Jewish meditation with a focus on mindfulness and mental well-being, and more -- our Jewish community is here for you. 

If you are in crisis, the Crisis Text Line or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800.273.8255 are excellent resources, providing 24/7 support. 


A moment of reflection with Rabbi Yechiel Bresler

The path to receiving the Torah at Sinai was challenging. At the Red Sea, the Jews felt trapped—between the sea and the enemy. Anxiety, fear, and uncertainty pushed them to call out to G-d and, eventually, to unite, "Like one man with one heart." This resilience led the Jewish people to their greatest heights at the splitting of the Sea and receiving of the Torah. We, too, feel stuck.  We, too, may be experiencing heightened anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. We, too, can call to G-d and unite, and, as a result, we, too, can reach our greatest heights.  

Rabbi Yechiel Bresler, Assistant Rabbi, Congregation K.I.N.S. of West Rogers Park 


For additional resources and information, please go to the JUF Coronavirus Community Resource page and check JUF's Facebook page for daily updates.

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