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August 28, 2015 | 13th Elul 5775
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Rabbi Edythe Mencher

A Time to Weep

Rabbi Edie Mencher talks about how to address the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with our children, from general advice to existential questions, for our youngest children to our teens.

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Rabbi Edythe MencherRabbi Edythe Mencher LCSW serves as URJ’s Caring Community Specialist for Jewish Family Concerns. Rabbi Mencher writes for Reform Judaism magazine and presents regularly on issues related to leadership development, spirituality, health and family life at congregations, schools and organizations throughout North America. She recently served as Rabbinic Consultant to UJA Federation of New York in developing programming for congregations relating to mental health issues and wellness. She has previously served as the Associate Director of the URJ's Department of Jewish Family Concerns and as Associate Rabbi of Temple Israel in Westport, CT. She has also served as a staff consultant to Gilda's Club of Westchester (a cancer support program) and has been involved in supervision, mentoring and teaching at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York campus. Prior to her ordination she was a member of the faculty of New York Hospital's Department of Psychiatry and a child and adolescent therapist at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services.

Rabbi Mencher was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (New York) in 1999. She received certification from the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in 1989 and currently serves on the faculty of the Training Institute. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College School of Social Work. She has participated in advanced training seminars on reconnecting helping professionals with their core mission, promoting positive child and adolescent development, pre-marital and marital counseling, supporting bereaved children and adults, integrating mindfulness/meditation and emotional regulation skills in managing depression and anxiety and on facilitating empowering and calming responses to chronic and life threatening illness.

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