April 2022 Newsletter

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Throughout the month, BaMidbar is partnering with many communities and organizations across the country focusing on mental health literacy, experiential education as a tool for social and emotional learning, Jewish perspectives on mental health and wellness, and empowerment and self-care for professionals. Check out our schedule below!

May 1 | Jewish Teen Initiative & Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater BostonWellness Fellowship Summit

May 2 & 3 | Valley Beth ShalomBuilding Organizational Wellbeing Initiative

May 5 | Jewish Family Service of San DiegoValues, Burnout, and Boundaries

May 5 | Camp Ramah in CaliforniaBuilding a Stress Sensitive Camp Environment

May 9 | URJ Camp DirectorsBuilding a Stress Sensitive Camp Environment

May 10 | Jewish Family Service of San DiegoValues, Burnout, and Boundaries

May 16 | Foundation for Jewish CampBuilding a Stress Sensitive Camp Environment

May 17 | Prizmah & Ruderman Family FoundationMental Health Summit

May 17 | Natan FundMental Health Awareness Month

May 19 | Jewish Family Service of San DiegoValues, Burnout, and Boundaries

May 23 | URJ Camp DirectorsValues, Burnout, and Boundaries

May 23 | Jewish Family Service of San DiegoValues, Burnout, and Boundaries

May 24 | JFCS Pittsburgh & Jewish Addiction Awareness NetworkIt Happens Here: Addiction & Mental Health in the Jewish Community

Are you interested in partnering with BaMidbar to run a program in your community? Contact Emily Heeren, Program Director, at EmilyH@BaMidbarTherapy.org.


Spread the Word about BaMidbar’s Treatment Program

[Image Description] four students with backpacks on, walking on a trail. The perspective is from behind.

It’s been a tough few years. Do you know a young adult (18-28) who could use extra support this summer? BaMidbar’s wilderness therapy program registration is still open. Spread the word!

When: June 30 to August 8, 2022

Where: Colorado

BaMidbar’s Wilderness Therapy program is a 40-day immersive, wilderness-based, therapeutic program for emerging adults (ages 18-28) looking to find direction and chart a new path forward. BaMidbar’s program uses wilderness and adventure-based experiences as a vehicle to promote self-reflection and therapeutic growth, while helping participants build a toolkit to face life’s challenges.

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Explore Whole Health Wellness at the Prizmah Mental Health Summit

Join Prizmah, the Ruderman Family Foundation and BaMidbar in investing in the social-emotional mental health of Jewish day schools.

From May 15 – May 17, join colleagues from across North America in a three-day interactive online gathering to engage in high level learning, collaboration, and growth. Explore the most up to date knowledge of best practices in mental health, practice what these theories look like when applied in schools, and develop methods and approaches for bringing these systems and supports back to your school and context.

In An Exploration of Whole Health Wellness, we will explore a multidimensional approach to wellness and self-care that can be used as a framework to encourage self-reflection and a quest for balance during these challenging times. We look forward to participating with you!

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Read Our Article About Mental Health Stigma at Jewish Camp

Combating Mental Health Stigma at Jewish Camp & Your Seder

Co-authored by Adam Karp, BaMidbar’s Wellness Programs Manager, and Rachel Anszelowicz, Foundation for Jewish Camp Fellow

Wise, wicked, simple, or silent? As a child, every year at Passover, we recall wondering, “Which one am I?” and “How do others see me?” As an adult, we understand that the framework of the Four Children during the Passover seder can actually provide a powerful statement on the responsibility of adults to respond to each child by meeting them where they are. The value of this framing lies in the opportunity to support and connect with each child, not standing in judgment of each child.

At a time when youth mental health needs are on the rise, further evidenced by this recent announcement from the Center for Disease Control, meeting each child where they are is no longer just a best practice; it is an imperative. That’s why BaMidbar partnered with Foundation for Jewish Camp to launch their third cohort of the Jewish Camp Mental Health and Wellness Internship this spring.

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Passover commemorates the Jewish exodus from Egypt and the journey from slavery to freedom. BaMidbar takes its name from this physical and metaphorical journey through the wilderness. Over the Passover holiday, BaMidbar mapped that journey and explored questions Passover poses about mental health, wellbeing, and liberation. Check out this content by clicking the buttons below and make sure to Like and Follow BaMidbar if you’re not already!

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