Teen Wellness Resource Panel: Info and RSVP:
The clergy and professionals of SPARE (South Peninsula Area Rabbis and Executives) have raised the issue of effective response as a community, including the need for guidance on how to address the challenging topic of teen suicide in a productive way, and a desire for resources to help them support mental health and well-being of our youth and their families.
To that end, OFJCC, JCRC, JFCS, the Federation and Jewish LearningWorks invite you to a Teen Wellness Resource Panel, designed for Jewish professionals and spiritual leaders in our community with effective strategies and resources to support youth, teens and parents.
Please reply to Luba Palant Lpalant@paloaltojcc.org to confirm your participation. Please share this invitation with other Jewish professionals in your organization.
Thank you for your interest and concern. We hope you will join us!
Roxanne Cohen, Jewish Community Federation
Sarah Fields, Jewish Community Relations Council
Beth Berkowitz, Jewish Family and Children’s Services
Deb Massey, Jewish LearningWorks
Luba Palant, Oshman Family JCC
Susan Bird is co-founder of SafeSpace in Menlo Park, an organization focused on supporting youth ages 12-26 to thrive and emotionally connect with family, friends and life through walk-in centers and clinical mental health/therapeutic services. Susan has more than 20 years of experience as a worldwide sales and marketing executive in the software industry, and founded Safe Space as a solution stemming from personal connection to family members and young friends suffering from mental health issues, including mild to moderate anxiety and depression as well as OCD.
Rabbi Lisa Delson is an associate Rabbi at Peninsula Temple Sholom (Burlingame, CA), serving her community through teaching all ages about the joy and relevancy of Jewish life, providing pastoral care and spiritual guidance. At PTS, Rabbi Delson serves as the clergy person overseeing Caring Community and Social Action/Justice initiatives, including leading the congregational organizing effort Panim el Panim: initiative on teen and young adult mental health. She teaches 9th grade students as well as guides students in their students toward becoming b'nai mitzvah.
Dr. Lesley Martin is Managing Director of SafeSpace, beginning as a volunteer developing the SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board and as a member of the Board of Directors. She has served as a Principal at Tierra Linda Middle School in San Carlos, and at Taylor Middle School in Millbrae, California. She has worked as a teacher at a number of schools, and as a Principal Leadership Coach in San Jose and East San Jose Schools. During her tenure, the Taylor Middle School was featured in the documentary film Bully for its anti-bullying efforts. Beyond her career in education, Dr. Martin is deeply involved in children’s welfare on the peninsula.
Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent clinician with Parents Place at JFCS in Palo Alto specializing in child anxiety, depression, self-regulation, and internet addiction. She has worked as a psychotherapist for 17 years treating individuals, couples, and families coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, and divorce. She also led groups and provided workshops in the community on post-traumatic stress, addiction, and cybersafety with focus on the ever-evolving issues regarding how to balance our lives online and offline.