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Sunday, February 17 • 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Suicide Awareness/Prevention in the Jewish Community: with a Sneak-Peek from the Film 'Following Boruch'

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There are nearly 1 million suicide attempts in America each year, yet the issue is still taboo in some communities. What can we do to increase awareness and prevention in our places of worship and learning? In this session we will view scenes from the forthcoming documentary Following Boruch, about a Chasid who battles bipolar disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts. We will also have a discussion with members of the Jewish community who have been personally affected by suicide.

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Paula Eiselt

Paula Eiselt is currently in post-production on her documentary Following Boruch. The film is intended for wide release and will be the center of an outreach campaign to de-stigmatize mental illness and addiction, especially in the Jewish community. www.followingboruch.com. Previous credits include assistant producer on PBS’s Bronx Princess and researcher on the upcoming documentary, The Undocumented. Paula is a graduate of NYU where... Read More →
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Efrem Epstein

Efrem Epstein is the founder of Elijah’s Journey (www.elijahsjourney.net), a non-profit organization committed to suicide awareness and prevention in the Jewish community. He has spent years listening to friends rave about Limmud NY and is very excited to finally have the experience to learn with the entire community!  
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Josh Rivedal

In 2009 Josh Rivedal wrote and developed the play, The Gospel According to Josh for the commercial stage and in May of 2011 at Baruch College in New York City, Josh launched a second version of The Gospel According to Josh accompanied by youth suicide prevention advocacy and education currently touring the United States and Canada. www.gospeljosh.com. Josh also serves on the board of the New York City chapter of The American Foundation for... Read More →
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Naomi Vilko

Psychiatrist and Board member of JerusalemonlineU.com and Shalomtv.com, Naomi Vilko MD and Vilko Corporate Consulting
Naomi Vilko is passionate about Israel advocacy. She is on the Board of Directors of JerusalemonlineU.com (JOU) and has presented the film "Israel Inside" and JOU courses at various venues. She is also on the Board of Directors of Shalom TV. She is a psychiatrist in private practice in Princeton since 1985 and has had a variety of administrative and teaching positions at medical schools since 1978.  

Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Cooper 15th floor conference center