How to Respectfully React to Suicide By Sarah Link Ferguson Kol Ami Congregant and Mental Health Coalition Coordinator at Jewish Family Services It is difficult to know how to react when we learn that someone has died, whether it’s someone we know or a celebrity, but how we react can have an impact on those around us. This is especially true when we are talking about traumatic death such as suicide. I lost my brother to suicide in 2012 and was overwhelmed by the number of inappropriate questions and responses I received regarding his death. I tried then and I try now to give peopleRead More →

Ever been to our Friday Night Shabbat service and wished for more ‘oneg — more time to delight in the relaxed company of friends, maybe a little more variety and punch to the fruit of the vine at Kiddush? Then tomorrow night is for you! It’s the inauguration of what we’re calling “Following Fridays.” (That is, not “First Friday,” but the one after that.) The second Friday of each month our Shabbat gathering will up the ‘oneg. In addition to the classic Kedem juice, we’ll have wine and encourage you to bring some of your favorite to share. If your favorite drink isn’t made fromRead More →