Mental Health Awareness Shabbat

Friday 31 January / Shabbat 1 February 2020

Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, launched by JAMI in 2017, aims to raise the profile of mental health in the Jewish community and to give a focal point for mental health and wellbeing activities. It provides an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to be more in touch with their own mental health and wellbeing.

The first Mental Health Awareness Shabbat in 2017 saw over 80 synagogues, organisations, student and youth groups from across the whole Jewish community taking part. This rose to more than 120 in 2019. The plan now is to make 2020 even bigger with more communities than ever now on board.

Mental Health Awareness Shabbat is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to be more in touch with their own mental health and wellbeing, and to raise awareness of mental health and mental illness in the local and wider community.

Join us as our community comes together to learn about strengthening mental health and supporting those in our community who struggle with mental illness.

Friday 31 January – Koleinu Erev Shabbat, 6.45 pm

We begin our Mental Health Awareness Weekend with an uplifting musical Friday night service.

Shabbat 1 February – Morning of Meditation & Mindfulness & Shabbat Morning Service, 10.30 am

We are delighted to hold our first parallel morning of mindfulness meditation led by Jo Green, on the theme of  ‘Coming Into Calmer Waters’, from 10.30 am – midday. There will be an opportunity to hear from our Guest Speaker, Adam Dawson, chair of JAMI, in the main service at midday.

Adam Dawson, Barrister and Chair of Jami’s Board of Trustees  

Adam’s career as a barrister has been focused on personal injury and clinical negligence as a result of medical trauma, and consequently the impact of mental health and wellbeing on rehabilitation. He is former chair of UJS, vice chair of the London Jewish Forum and trustee at Jewish Care. Adam went on to found (and continued as Chair of Governors) the first ‘Free School’ in the UK and prior to this spent 3 years as a member of the JLC/Board of Deputies Strategic Review of Jewish Schools and has recently been appointed as Chair of Jami’s Board of Trustees.