If you’re feeling anxious and afraid, you should know: you’re not alone. Tensions are high everywhere across the Jewish community right now as Hamas and Israel engage in a violent war with ramifications across the world. But instead of doom-scrolling social media, finding horrible images and hate-filled comments, it’s important to find time to step back—far away from social media—and assess your own mental health.
The CJN and the Prosserman JCC held a live event on Oct. 17, 2023, to bring together three specialists in the field of psychology to help the community better cope with these difficult times. Spiritual counsellor and podcast host Ralph Benmergui sat down with Lynda Fishman, author of Repairing Rainbows, a social worker who specializes in trauma; and Dr. Barbara Landau, a recipient of the Order of Canada, who is a conflict mediator and the co-chair of the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims, an organization that builds interfaith understanding and empathy.
More tools to help navigate these difficult times:
- Read Lynda Fishman’s guide to help Canadian Jews support one another, especially anyone grieving
- Listen to Deanne Matlow’s 10 tips for how parents can discuss the Israel-Hamas war with their kids on The CJN Daily
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