Mental Illness, a Jewish Concern?

By Barbara V. Paper

JDC International Centre for Community Development, 2008

The author analyzes the Jewish community's reaction - or lack thereof - to those who suffer from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or alcoholism. While there are multiple programs for children with special education needs, along with laws mandating that buildings accommodate those with physical disabilities, no such programs or accommodations exist for those with mental illness. However, in 1999, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism issued a statement calling for the community to address mental illness and to develop programs for the Jewish mentally ill to become more integrated into the Jewish community. The author discusses the goals of programs that have been developed, including educating the Jewish community on mental illness, and establishing support groups for those affected by such diseases.

Topic: Institutional Care, Mental Health, Tolerance, Disability and Special Needs

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: JDC-Europe

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