Thank you to Dr. Norman Blumenthal and Lisa Twerski, LCSW, for delivering a powerful and compelling keynote address on stigma to launch our mental health and addiction symposium held in Teaneck, NJ on May 5, 2019. The discussion of the adverse impact of stigma on those struggling with mental illness and their families was a poignant way to introduce the workshops on several critical topics that followed (see the attached booklet for details on sessions and our presenters as well as important resources for mental health disorders).

May 5, 2019 Symposium Booklet

This event was co-hosted by Communities Confronting Substance Abuse and Refa’enu

Dr. Norman Blumenthal

Dr. Norman Blumenthal is a licensed clinical psychologist and renowned trauma specialist. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of trauma, loss and bereavement. Dr. Blumenthal serves as the Zachter Family Director of Trauma and Crisis Intervention at OHEL, the Educational Director of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon and Semicha Honors Program at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Dr. Blumenthal is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Education of CAHAL (Communities Acting to Heighten Awareness and Learning), a partnership of local yeshivot and day schools providing special education classes for learning disabled children. He is a consultant to the TOVA mentoring program in Long Island for disenfranchised teenagers, and the past Vice President of NEFESH (the International Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals). Dr. Blumenthal is a highly sought-after speaker and has spoken at numerous OHEL events nationwide, as well as being a keynote speaker at several clinical workshops and seminars. In addition, he maintains a private practice in Cedarhurst, New York.

Lisa Twerski, LCSW

Lisa Twerski received her Masters in Social Work from New York University’s School of Social Work in 1990. After graduating, she worked first as staff, and then as a Program Director for Victim Services (now Safe Horizons) providing long-term therapy to adult survivors of rape, incest, child sexual abuse and domestic violence. She also worked as an instructor in Volunteer Counseling Service’s Batterers Intervention Course, for men who had been arrested for battering their partners. In 1995, wanting to do more in her own community, Mrs. Twerski, took on the job of Hotline Supervisor and Director of Special Projects for Shalom Task Force, and later started Brairot, a batterers intervention project for  men in the Orthodox Jewish community who had been arrested for domestic violence. Currently, Mrs. Twerski is in private practice in Brooklyn, NY, and is on the Executive Board of NEFESH. She lectures locally, nationally and internationally on marriage, domestic abuse and prevention. She also developed a course in pastoral counseling which she has given to groups of rabbis, rebbetzins and kallah teachers. In 2011, she published a book entitled, I’m So Confused, Am I Being Abused? Guidance for the Orthodox Jewish Spouse and Those Who Are Trying to Help.

Click here to watch the keynote address from our

May 5th Mental Health and Addiction Symposium

We would like to thank our sponsors


Meister Seelig & Fein LLP

Yosepha & Yitzie Solomon


OHEL Children's Home and Family Services


Amudim Community Resources

Discovery Institute for Addictive Disorders

Englewood Health

Holy Name Medical Center

Jewish Family & Children's Services of Northern NJ

Jewish Family Service & Children's Center of Clifton-Passaic

Law Offices of Jan Meyer & Associates, P.C.

Project Ometz

Relief Resources

And a special thank you to

Julie Farkas Graphic Design & Promotions, Yeshivat He'Atid, and Five Star Caterers for donating their goods and services

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