This past Shabbat we were fortunate to welcome our colleague Rabbi Sandra Cohen as a scholar-in-residence on the topic of Mental Illness in the Jewish Community. Rabbi Cohen spoke eloquently about her own personal journey, and her rabbinic work in mental health outreach, teaching, and pastoral care. She engaged our community through Jewish text and discussion, and challenged us to think about how we can make our congregational community into a place of caring and support, a home for all. Mental Health is an issue of utmost importance to our communities. Rabbi Cohen is the person to bring to your congregation to open up these essential conversations. Her writings on ravblog and reformjudaism.org are already empowering many in our communities to know that they are not alone. She is insightful, funny, knowledgeable, and happy to spend time with people after presentations in one-to-one encounters. Above all, she is a true mensch. I highly recommend her as a visiting scholar for your community.
Rabbi Audrey Pollack