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Unquiet Minds in a Quiet Time: Insights on Mental Health, Resilience and Community
Please join Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project (RSIP) for a dialogue between Professors Kay Redfield Jamison and Daniel Jackson about mental health, resilience, and the importance of community during these challenging times.

For so many people, the pandemic has been an eerily quiet time, with few daily interactions. At the same time, our minds have often raged with fear, loneliness, and the tragedy of loss.

As Jews, so many of us miss being together in our synagogues — singing together, praying together, having Shabbat meals together, attending simchas and life cycle events — without a computer screen between us. Many of us are experiencing mental health challenges for the first time and for others, existing challenges have worsened. Engaging as part of a caring community can help us stay calm, centered, and connected during these unsettling times.

Daniel Jackson, Ph.D., will interview Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., who will draw on her extraordinary life experiences and expertise to make connections between her work and the challenges of these troubled times through a Jewish textual lens. Dr. Jackson will offer insights from Jewish tradition as he and Dr. Jamison offer strategies to help us build personal strength and resilience and to think about shaping our communities for a changed future.

We will also hear from Dr. Sarah Abramson, CJP’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Impact; Sharon Shapiro, Ruderman Family Foundation’s Community Liaison and Trustee; and Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel, Newton.

This event is hosted in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly.

For questions or special accommodations, please email Carissa (CarissaW@cjp.org) or call 617-457-8859.

Dec 7, 2020 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. is the Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is co–director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, as well as Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the co–author of the standard medical text on bipolar disorder and the author of the national bestsellers "An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness"; "Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide"; and "Touched With Fire: Manic–Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament." Kay Jamison was a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her biography of Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: Genius, Mania, and Character. Dr. Jamison is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a recipient of the Lewis Thomas Prize, the Sarnat Prize from the National Academy of Medicine, and a MacArthur Award.
Daniel Jackson, Ph.D.
Daniel Jackson is Professor of Computer Science and a MacVicar teaching fellow at MIT. He is also a photographer whose resilience project was featured on NPR and PBS and published as a book, "Portraits of Resilience," by MIT Press. His series of pandemic porch portraits of neighbors and friends appeared earlier this year in The Boston Globe Magazine. He lives with his family in Newton.