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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Jan Nykin

Therapists help people cope, grow while social distancing

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor April 30, 2020

To help people cope during this time of social distancing, Jan Nykin, a licensed clinical social worker, suggests that people could “say a morning prayer such as Modeh Ani or the Shema or words of prayer from your heart.”Nykin and Sylvia Nissenboim,...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

Central Reform rabbi increases frequency of support group meetings during pandemic

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR April 23, 2020

These days, Rabbi James Stone Goodman spends a whole lot of time checking in with folks. “I make myself carry my 50-pound phone around and I call more people every day to see how they are doing,” said Goodman, who is affiliated with Central Reform...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

On suicide and other difficult subjects

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman January 24, 2020

In the groups that I lead for Shalvah on Addiction and No Shande on mental health and mental illness, we are familiar with the subject of suicide. Whenever it comes up it tends to take over the meeting. The meeting is basically a teaching and a sharing,...

The Marcus Foundation has awarded a $3.2 million grant to Foundation for Jewish Camp for supporting mental health across the spectrum of Jewish camps in North America.  

Grant to address mental health at Jewish summer camp

JNS Report October 17, 2019

The Marcus Foundation has awarded a $3.2 million grant to Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) for supporting mental health across the spectrum of Jewish camps in North America. Funding will be awarded to approximately 60 camps over four years in an effort...

A 2011 photo shows the Dietl family on Kevin Dietl’s first day at A.T. Still University Osteopathic Medical School in Kirksville. From left are Diana, Kevin, Michele and John Dietl. Kevin Dietl took his own life on April 23, 2015, a few weeks before his medical school graduation. The Dietl’s story is included in a documentary, ‘Do No Harm,’ which will screen in St. Louis Oct. 15 and 16. 

Med student’s suicide shines light on epidemic among health practitioners

By Ellie Grossman-Cohen, Special to the Jewish Light October 10, 2019

With warm brown eyes and a playful sense of humor, Kevin Dietl was a caring and compassionate person who preferred to greet people with a bear hug over a handshake. As a promising medical student at A.T. Still University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine...

Susan Block

‘No Shanda’ group removes shame, stigma from mental health discussion

By Susan Block August 15, 2019

Sitting around the table in the Central Reform Congregation library earlier this month, the meeting of No Shanda, a mental health group led by Rabbis Susan Talve and James Goodman, was about to start. Several of the participants chatted with one another....

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

No shame: Mental health event offers group support

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman August 1, 2019

We practice mental health in a specific way on the first Sunday of every month at Central Reform Congregation, with my wife, Rabbi Susan Talve, and myself presiding. We practice mental health this way for a variety of good reasons:As a response to a felt...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

Conversing with Maimonides with eyes wide open

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman October 25, 2018

“We are in the midst of a mental health crisis, and we are trying to deal with it in a proactive, integrated, eyes-open response,” Rabbi James Stone Goodman writesI was conversing with Maimonides’ father, Maimon ben Yosef, who introduced me, when...

Jewish Attention to Mental Illness St. Louis

October 3, 2017

Address: c/o Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63108 | Phone: 314-222-9864 | email: [email protected] James Stone Goodman, DirectorConvened by Rabbi James Stone Goodman, Jewish Attention to Mental Illness (JAMI...

A scene from a past 2014 JCC Songleader Boot Camp.  File photo: Yana Hotter

Time to nominate your Unsung Hero!

Ellen Futterman, Editor February 1, 2017

Time to nominate your Unsung Hero!This week, the Jewish Light begins to once again accept nominations for our Unsung Heroes, who will be honored in our OY! Magazine and at a special reception the evening of Monday, May 22 at the Jewish Community Center’s...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

Forming a Jewish community response to mental illness

Ellen Futterman, Editor January 18, 2017

Earlier this month, I struck up a conversation at party with a 20-something woman who is Jewish. When she learned I was editor of the Light, she asked if I knew of a young woman in the local Jewish community named Samantha who had recently taken her own...

Panel discussion to focus on anxiety, depression in youth, young adults

February 25, 2016

Congregation Shaare Emeth’s Mental Health Initiative (SEMHI) will hold a panel discussion on “Anxiety and Depression in Youth and Young Adults” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. The panel features three community members who have experienced the impact...

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