Through mental health and wellness-focused programs, workshops, and retreats, BaMidbar helps individuals bolster personal resilience by expanding their understanding of mental health and grounding that understanding within their Jewish identity. Participants work to remove the stigmas surrounding mental health and wellness, educating themselves, their peers, and their community.
To review a list of the current community wellness programs we’re offering, click here.
Wellness Fellowships & Internships
Focused on peer engagement through a mental health and wellness lens, BaMidbar’s Wellness Fellowship engages youth and young adults to work to remove the stigmas surrounding mental health and wellness, educating themselves and their peers through group learning and programmatic opportunities. During the program, Wellness Fellows engage in training seminars and mentoring check-in sessions. Participants receive high-level training in mental health awareness, advocacy, relational engagement, and leadership development. Fellows also develop community service projects related to mental health awareness and stigma reduction and introduce them to their home communities. The Wellness Fellowship was developed in partnership with the Jewish Teen Initiative at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.
BaMidbar is working to scale this highly replicable Prevention programming model. We are actively seeking partners to launch the Wellness Fellowship in other communities across the country. For more information and to inquire, please contact Emily Heeren, Program Director, at EmilyH@BaMidbarTherapy.org.
Prevention Program Partnerships
Jewish Teen Initiative at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
The Jewish Teen Initiative at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (JTI) and BaMidbar launched a Mental Health and Wellness Track of the JTI Peer Leadership Fellowship in Fall 2021. Over nine-months, this teen fellowship cohort focused on peer engagement through a mental health and wellness lens, culminating in community service projects related to mental health awareness and stigma reduction. Teens were equipped with the language, knowledge, and skills to have meaningful engagements with their peers and developed tools to support each other.
Foundation for Jewish Camp
The Jewish Camp Mental Health and Wellness Internship provides camp counselors (18+) with resources for supporting cultures of mental health and wellness at camp. Interns will learn tools to: remove the stigmas surrounding mental health and wellness, educate themselves and their peers, and appropriately support their campers. Through the program, Interns will learn to articulate a connection between their Jewish identity, understanding of mental health, and sense of personal resilience.
Are you a synagogue looking to create a rite of passage experience for your B’nai Mitzvah or confirmation classes? Are you a day school hoping to support your seniors with a successful transition into college? Are you a camp looking to connect your outdoor programming with mental health and wellness curriculum? Or are you a Hillel hoping to build community and engage students in a new and unique experience?
Take your community OUTSIDE to try something different, seek fresh perspective, and build connections. We work with diverse organizations to create a customized curriculum and itinerary for the group. Give us a call today to share your goals, and we’ll craft an experience unique to your community’s needs.
Students will engage with a supportive and healthy community of like-minded young adults, and cultivate strong relationships that continue upon their return home.
BaMidbar’s wellness programs focus on building resilience through increased self-confidence, skill-building, and healthy relationships.