Jewish Attitudes Regarding Eating Disorders

Thursday, August 23, 2012 – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The workshop will be facilitated by Rabbi Hesch Sommer, D.Min.
At the Jewish Family Service, 1440 Whalley Avenue, New Haven

Using Jewish sacred texts as a gateway to understanding the nature of eating disorders, these quarterly gatherings will explore the role of food and the impact of eating disorders on individuals and their families. This free workshop will focus on the following issues:

❖ The ways family members can offer support and understanding to each other
❖ How we find the strength to face difficult truths
❖ What we can do to promote healing, find acceptance and understanding, and gain inner
strength and determination in order to face the difficult challenges of eating disorders

These discussions, held in the safe and private environment of the JFS facilities, will provide a
confidential setting to learn, discuss and share our experiences. Jewish tradition teaches that
we are all created in the Divine image. As we struggle to deal with our sense of self, we learn
that the well being of mind and body are the underpinnings of emotionally and spiritually
healthy lives.

As we approach the High Holy Days of 5773, the month of Elul is a time of reflection and
preparation for the new year ahead. This session, on August 23rd, is the start of the 6th day
of Elul. Please join us, share with us and let the values of Jewish tradition provide a guide to
the struggles we encounter in confronting the struggles of eating disorders.

For more information and to register for this free workshop, please contact
Rabbi Hesch Sommer ( 203-389-5599, ext. 117.