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Truths my daughter taught me

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Program Brief

On December 5, 2019 Rabbi Shalom Hammer’s 18 year old daughter, Gila z”l, died by suicide. This presentation relates the important lessons regarding sensitivity and compassion to our fellow, which Gila exemplified and demonstrated to others despite her demise at such a young age. These objectives exemplify the message we must incorporate as we reflect upon personal development and national redemption.

There are no words…: How to help comfort someone who is grieving

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Program Brief

What does the Torah have to say about grieving and its effects? What are some of the feelings which the bereaved are experiencing? Why do people find it so difficult to comfort people who are grieving and what are some practical do’s and don’t’s?

Gila’s Way: Mental Health and Suicide Awareness – Lessons to learn regarding the Value of Life

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Program Brief

On December 5, 2019 Rabbi Shalom Hammer’s 18 year old daughter died by suicide. This presentation reveals Gila’s story and what lead to the tragic end of her life. The presentation addresses Mental Health awareness and the importance of removing stigmas associated with it; some of the warning signs we need to be aware of including other issues in the Jewish community, and finally short narratives and Divrei Torah regarding how Gila lived her life and the example she served for all of us.

Following the presentation there will be a complete Q&A session and each participant will receive a list of warning signs and risk factors to consider regarding depression and risk of suicide in an attempt to remove stigmas, disseminate information and enhance awareness.

In Memory of Gila Yocheved Hammer z”l and Reb Eliezar Ben Reb Yitzchak z”l.

Think Again: Workshop on how to Approach Controversy and Argumentation

Program Brief

We love to argue; is this healthy or obtrusive? An interactive and entertaining workshop along with analysis of two classic schools of thought, help reveal that arguments are not only judicial but they can enhance a positive approach to the world around us.

Think Again: Judaism’s Approach to Controversy and Argumentation

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Program Brief

Jews love to argue; is this healthy or obtrusive? Analysis of two classic Jewish schools of thought reveals that arguments are not only judicial but they can enhance our identity as well as our approach to the world around us.

Engaging the Disengaged

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Why are so many youngsters in the USA disinterested in the land of Israel? Let’s identify some of the features of this generation which lend to this predicament and explore what can be done to engage our youth with the Jewish Homeland.

Have a problem? Do something about it!

Where does complaining come from and why is it so unhealthy for us? Let’s identify some origins of complaints, learn how to deal with them and bring complaining to an end!

Like Dreamers: When a Jewish Dream Becomes a Reality

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Program Brief

Assessment of a famous Aggadic story and portion from the Talmud and the significant message for Jewish life which it offers. The analysis helps offer perspective on how the dream of creating a State of Israel persevered, and how enhancing Jewish unity and preserving a Jewish nation endure.

To Life L’Chayim! Judaism’s Greatest Commodity

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Program Brief

Based on his experiences in the field as a motivational lecturer for combat troops, Rabbi Hammer imparts an inspirational message about the value of life. The message transforms into a most crucial learning experience as we appreciate how sacred life is and as such, how important it is to take advantage of the time given to us in this world.

Off the Beaten Path: Observations on the Rejection of Observance

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Program Brief

Why are so many youth from the Orthodox community becoming less observant or opting to leave Orthodoxy all together? What are the particular challenges regarding this problem in the Orthodox community in Israel? How should families deal with a member of the family who rejects observance? What should/can be done to prevent our youth from straying from an observant lifestyle to begin with?

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