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3rd Annual Smash The Stigma

A Jewish Communal Conversation on Suicide and Depression

Sunday, May 2, 7:00PM

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Two years ago, in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we hosted a profoundly important and extremely well-received Smash the Stigma event, in which we opened a conversation on suicide and depression in the Jewish community. We continued that conversation last year over Zoom to another wide audience. This year, when mental health issues are compounded by COVID-19 and awareness is more important than ever, we will host our third installment. 



Rachel Kunstadt
struggled with severe depression and agoraphobia in her teens, and now uses her experience to inform her artistic work

Eta Krasna Levenson
will share her experience and lessons of losing a child to suicide

Dr. Rachel Levine
a clinical psychologist, will discuss the toll this pandemic has taken on our mental health and offer practical advice


The panel will be moderated by Clara Kiely of NAMI NYC: National Alliance on Mental Illness.


To register, click here.


Smash The Stigma is held annually during Mental Health Awareness Month and co-sponsored by a consortium of UWS synagogues and Jewish institutions, which this year include: B'nei Jeshurun, The Jewish Center, Ohab Zedek, Ramath Orah, Darkhei Noam, Rodeph Sholom, West End Synagogue, and the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.


Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

In 1776, several British soldiers desecrated two of Shearith Israel’s Torah scrolls.

Gershom Mendes Seixas

Gershom Mendes Seixas (1745-1816) was the first American-born spiritual leader of Shearith Israel.