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      Local Happenings from page 7                      program to write the first letter in a new Torah that will be   conversations about mental health or substance use. It does
                                                        written over the course of this year. As we are taught in   this by improving understanding and providing an action plan
      talented pool of creators. We                     Deuteronomy 31:19, “Write for yourselves this song and   that teaches people to identify and address a potential issue
      look forward to welcoming                         teach it to the children of Israel.”               safely and responsibly. MHFA teaches:
      visitors to our galleries.”                                                                             • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns
         “Elegant  Threads”                             Nearly $2 Million in State                            • How to recognize depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis,
      celebrates wearable and non-                                                                         and substance abuse
      wearable fiber arts, bringing                     Funding Allocated for Mental                          • A  five-step  action  plan  to  help  someone  who  is
      together  a  stunning  array                                                                         experiencing a mental health concern or is in crisis
      of  masterful  creations  by                      Health First Aid Training                             • Available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-
      talented  artists  who  will                                                                         help resources
      compete  for  awards.  The                           Ferd  &  Gladys Alpert                             “Mental illness is far more common than most realize, with
      community  is  invited  to                        Jewish  Family  Service                            research showing that one in five adults suffer from mental
      attend an awards reception                        (Alpert  JFS)  announced                           health complications every single year. The unfortunate fact
      in the gallery with light bites                   that Florida State Sen. Lori                       is that people with mental illnesses often suffer alone,” said
      and refreshments on October                       Berman and State Rep. Kim                          Cindy Wides, director of community outreach and mental
      19, 5 - 7 p.m.           Patti Barker, Brick House   Berfield  together  secured                     health first aid at Alpert JFS. “MHFA’s mission is to change
         Also  showcased  are                           $1,911,233  in  funding  for                       this. Thanks to the support and advocacy of our legislative
      masterpieces from internationally renowned artists such   Mental  Health  First Aid                  champions, Alpert JFS along with our partner agencies will
      as Bisa Butler and Lezley Saar (on loan from the private   (MHFA) training in Florida.               be able to reach and respond to thousands of additional people
      collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody) and sculptures from      MHF A   t e a c h e s                     experiencing a mental health crisis.”
      renowned artist Muriel Kaplan. Kaplan, featured in the   participants  how  to  assist                  To sign up for a MHFA training or to learn more, please
      2023 Fall Art & Culture magazine issue, will also show   someone  experiencing  a                    contact Wides at and 561-713-
      two sculptures created by the prominent Palm Beach artist   mental health or substance               1851 or visit
      and reimagined by Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Curator Janeen   use challenge or crisis. This  Cindy Wides
      Mason.                                            training  provides  skills                         Jewish Dating Course
         Elegant Threads will culminate in a spectacular Runway   needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone
      Show  on  November  16,  5  -  7  p.m.,  with  inspirational   developing a mental health or substance use challenge and      Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens Young Jewish Professionals
      garments and wearable art presented in a visually immersive   help connect them to the appropriate care.  division recently participated in The Jewish Dating Course, a
      experience. Tickets to the runway show can be purchased      With  nearly  $2  million  in  new  funding, Alpert  JFS   JLI Torah seminar for young adults in the area.
      online at for $100 per   will expand its MHFA training to Broward, Hillsborough,      The seminar provides Judaism’s perspective on love,
      person.                                           Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and   dating, and marriage; the most recent lesson, But I Just Can’t
         In contrast, “Little LUSH” is a captivating ceramics   St. Lucie counties. The agency is partnering with Goodman   Decide, focused on the Torah’s advice for finding clarity in
      exhibition featuring a juried selection of functional small   Jewish Family Services (Goodman JFS), Jewish Community   the often exhaustive and frightening dating process.
      works. Ceramicists around the nation responded to a call   Services of South Florida (JCS), and Direction for Living in      Participants learned about the Torah’s balance between
      to artists and have masterfully created a diverse range of   Tampa to execute the expansion.         doing one’s due diligence while also keeping an unbroken,
      useful contemporary art objects. From delicate teacups and      Alpert JFS originally introduced MHFA in Palm Beach   complete trust in G-D.
      bowls to intricate vases and sculptures, these small-scale   County in 2014. Since then, Alpert JFS has enlisted over      The young adults were welcomed with pizza and light
      ceramics embody the perfect blend of artistic expression and   80 trainers who have taught the program to over 10,000   refreshments, then enjoyed the lesson and spontaneous games
      practicality. The community is invited to attend an awards   community  members.  In  2021, Alpert  JFS  received  a   evening that transpired afterward.
      reception in the gallery with light bites and refreshments on   $100,000 grant from The Florida House of Representatives,      A complimentary bonus class titled But Rabbi, Why Can’t
      September 21, 5 - 7 p.m.                          specifically designated for MHFA, which has enabled the   I Marry Her? took place last month.
         For more information about Lighthouse ArtCenter’s   organization to train participants at no cost. Ideal participants
      exhibitions and events, please visit  include  community  members,  police  officers  and  first
                                                        responders, employers and employees, teachers and school
      Torah on One Leg                                  personnel, health care professionals, and caring individuals.
                                                           “After taking the course myself, I became convinced of
         Temple Judea kicked off its Youth Education Program   its importance in breaking the stigma of mental illness and
      last month. The theme for this school year is Torah – and   helping people who could be family, friends, neighbors, or
      will align to the congregational programming. At Temple   maybe a stranger, at a time of need,” said Berman. “It’s really
      Judea, the entire school learns the same curriculum at an   exciting that we were able to secure these funds and expand
      age-appropriate level. Students will be exposed to Jewish   the training to 12,500 new people this coming year.”
      matriarchs and patriarchs as well as key values taught in the      “It’s incredible to be able to, along with Sen. Berman,
      Torah, like “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”   secure nearly $2 million to expand this impactful program to
         One of the highlights of the year will be on October 15,   so many,” said Berfield. “I hope to see this program expand
      when Temple Judea invites the youngest student in its YEP   statewide and become as commonplace as CPR.”
                                                           In  addition  to  the  training  component,  MHFA  also
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