Please pass on to anyone you know in the Dallas area about this amazing program happening this Sunday.
Two of Elijah's Journey's Advisory Board Members (Josh Rivedal and Dr. Chaim Nissel) are keynote speakers.
And a HUGE Yasher Koach to the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas for reaching out to us and working with us on the planning ...This is how it should be done everywhere!!!
Elijah's Journey Founder Efrem Epstein is taking part in a special blogcast event this week on Mental Health issues in the Jewish community organized by JOFA and including representatives from our friends at No Shame On U and BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy.
More information at the link below....Please visit the discussion and join in!
We are so excited to honored to be participating in this virtual event from Feb. 12-15.
Thank you to JOFA for organizing and inviting us and so great to be alongside our friends/allies at No Shame On U and BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy.
More info on the link below...Please join us!
We met members of Eric's (z"l) family on the 2016 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk and are so grateful for the work they are doing.
'“Bottom line is saving lives,” said Goldman about suicide. “The Talmud says whoever saves a life is as if he saved the world. We have to do anything we can to destigmatize mental illness and have treatment available.”'
Thank you to our friends at American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk for sharing Marc Fein's The Times of Israel about walking with Team Elijah's Journey. #KiddushHashem #LifeSaver #ChangeMaker
"Team “Elijah’s Journey” keeps walking, every day, when we get up in the morning and step into the light. We are committed, not through fundraising or our jobs, but through our lives and our friendships to create a world where no one dies by suicide."
In June, Marc Fein walked as part of Team Elijah's Journey in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk.
You can read his account of that special weekend below.
Wishing everyone a 5778 full of peace, hope and blessings!
We know it's going to be a tense weekend for many. Sept. 8-10 is also the inaugural National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention The Faith.Hope.Life Campaign's (of which Elijah's Journey Founder Efrem Epstein is a member) Sabbath of Prayer Weekend.
Please pass on to your various Faith Communal Leaders not only for this weekend but to get involved in future initiatives!
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom!! #PrayFHL #StopSuicide #NSPW
TOMORROW IN CHICAGO-AREA:
Our friends/allies at No Shame On U will be screening the incredibly poignant film "Against Your Will."
We at Elijah's Journey have both seen the film and have had the experience to partner with its creator Assaf Banitt (who will be joining tomorrow nite's event via Skype).
We cannot recommend the event enough and if you are free and in the area we urge you to make every effort to attend.
'Traditionally, Jewish communities have been quiet, sometimes silent, about suicide. Like other social issues, such as addiction or domestic violence, mental illness and suicide can be frightening to face in an insular community. People facing mental illness as well as families left behind after a suicide dea...th sometimes describe feeling isolated, on the margins, or misunderstood by their Jewish communities. This experience is not unique to the Jewish community. It likely crosses the boundaries of other communities with a history of marginalization. There is fear of “airing our dirty laundry” and being judged by “outsiders.”
Still, in this group, we spoke more openly about our experiences of struggle, sadness, fear, loss, and moving forward than, I’d venture to guess, close friends of many years might speak about these issues. We kept noticing, and saying, that it seemed like we’d been best friends for years. Truly, we had just met.'
Courtesy of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention...This was the official photo of Team Elijah's Journey taken on the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk Two weekends ago.
Thank you all for making us one of the Top Fundraising Teams (notice our sign).
Together you helped us to help others and perform a Kiddush Hashem!