“Mental Health Crisis In The Kehillah” To Be Discussed At Rebbetzin Roundtable


depressed1Understanding the needs of individuals in the community is often a role of a community Rebbetzin. This issue will be discussed at an upcoming program sponsored by National Council of Young Israel, Ezrat Chayim-Pride of Judea of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and the Task Force on Children and Families at Risk. The 5th Annual Rebbetzin’s Round table will address “Answering the Call for Help: Responding to Mental Health Crisis in the Kehillah” on Wednesday, July 14th, at 7:30 pm at Congregation Nachalas Yitzchak (Rabbi Oelbaum), which is located at 141-39 73rd Avenue, Kew Gardens Hills, NY.

Rebbetzins will learn how to recognize the signs of distress in adults and children and how they can offer assistance and referrals. Community mental health resources will be provided.

Dr. Faygie Zakheim, Co-Chair, Task Force for Children & Families at Risk, Adjunct Faculty, New York University, Met Council will offer opening remarks. There will be a panel discussion which will address the various topics. The panelists will be Harriet Blank, LCSW, Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services Intake Coordinator, Geriatric Mental Health Program Coordinator; Mrs. Tina Machnikoff, LCSW, Ezrat Chayim- Pride of Judea, Therapist in private practice; and Dr. Gila Schwerd, Psychotherapist in private practice. Rebbetzin Judi Steinig, Young Israel of Bayside, Director of Programming, National Council of Young Israel, will be the moderator for the evening.

Rebbetzins throughout the metropolitan area are invited to this complimentary program and dessert reception. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 212-929-1525 x 112 or by emailing jsteinig@youngisrael.org.

This program has been made possible by the generous the support of the Honorable Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver. Other sponsors of the program are Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Tikvah at Ohel, and the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.


  1. This is one problem that we can’t even TRY to blame on any Rabbis or community leaders. It’s our own problem. When I was going through a situation it was the Rabbonim who helped me, not anyone else.