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Sunday, February 10 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Mental Health: Tamei (Ritually Impure) or Tahor (Pure)?

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How do we as Jews understand and reckon with mental illness? Our society tends to equate one’s identity with the functioning of his or her rational mind. Yet statistics point to the growing prevalence of mental disorders, from Alzheimer’s to depression. This session will be an interactive discussion of how we might de-stigmatize and bring compassion to those with mental illness. Conversation will be structured around Jewish texts, including the command to “welcome the stranger.”


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Debra Rappaport

Rabbi, B'nai Vail Congregation
Debra Rappaport has been Rabbi of B’nai Vail Congregation since her Reconstructionist ordination in 2007. Prior to rabbinical school, Debra earned degrees from Vassar College and the Wharton School, and worked in business for 10 years. She currently serves on six boards(!) Debra loved Jewish camp, and wants everything to be like camp – which is why she loves Limmud. She likes to ski and bike too.


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference F

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