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Jewish Welfare services from the US, Europe, Canada and Israel sharing expertise on their response to COVID-19


The European Council of Jewish Communities and the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies are happy to invite you to the Third Transatlantic Zoom Session to be held on Wednesday, October 20th at 17.00 CET / 11.00 EDT with the goal of sharing expertise and best practise from both sides of the Atlantic in delivering Mental Health Services virtually.


The transition to virtual service delivery for mental health services in response to  COVID has revolutionized the manner in which this traditional “face to face service” is offered.  Join us to hear the experiences of two mental health professionals leading their Jewish communities through this transition.  Topics to be covered will include the technical, legal, clinical and financial implications, as well as the impact on therapists and thoughts on how this transition has affected the stigma often associated with accessing care.

You will have the chance of joining both sessions, and to have time to discuss challenges of your services with both speakers.

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Delivering Mental Health

services virtually

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Dr. Elaine Rotenberg Clinical Director, Alpert JFS
West Palm Beach
Florida, United States

Living within a pandemic has led to our mental health professionals being challenged to take  on the role of first responders for themselves, their families,  their organizations, and their communities in unprecedented ways.  Our agencies have managed to provide impactful mental health services while maintaining healthy social distance. 


Let’s spend some time discussing how we have done this! Together we will explore the backdrop of our new reality, and the related challenges (and opportunities) that this has presented for our communities, our agencies, and our professional staff.

Dr. Elaine Rotenberg has been the Clinical Director of the Alpert Jewish Family Service and the Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service for the past 28 years.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist, a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Florida Psychological Association, and serves on the steering committee of the Action Alliance for Mental Health in Palm Beach County.  Dr. Rotenberg received her BA degree in psychology and education from Brandeis University and then went on to receive both her Masters and Doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Denver.  Dr. Rotenberg completed her predoctoral fellowship in the psychiatry department of Yale University. 


Dr. Rotenberg provides clinical oversight and establishes standards of best practice for the more than two dozen programs of Alpert JFS and LJRFS.  Her responsibilities include direct oversight of all of the behavioral health services of the organization, including counseling, psychiatry and residential services.  Dr. Rotenberg spearheaded the creation of a coalition to introduce the international evidence-based Mental Health First Aid program throughout Palm Beach County.  Dr. Rotenberg coordinates the ongoing Performance Quality Improvement program of Alpert JFS.  On a national level, Dr. Rotenberg is involved with the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies.  She serves on their Best Practices task force, and is the Chair of the Clinical Services Affinity Group for the Network.  Dr. Rotenberg is a much request speaker, presenting locally and nationally on a variety of topics.  She works hard to promote outreach and interagency collaborative initiatives whenever opportunities arise.

Preventing burnout in Social Care 

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Philippa Carr

Education Manager

London,  United Kingdom

This moment in our collective lifetime has brought unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety for us and our communities.

Our response ensured we delivered our services in new and creative ways.  How has this response impacted us as individuals as well as organisationally?


Has there been a personal cost to us when it comes to caring? How can we ensure we last the distance?  Find out more about burnout and how to encourage strategies for prevention and recovery.

Philippa will be introduced by Louise Kermode, Head of Services of Jami

Philippa Carr

Philippa Carr is Jami's Education Manager she has worked at Jami for five years to support the vision of transforming the landscape of mental health in the Jewish community on ground breaking projects such as guidance for schools on suicide 'postvention', mental health training for communal organisations and a national student wellbeing programme. 


Philippa's background is as a clinician working in NHS Adult Mental Health Services, voluntary sector family services and other education and training roles in the voluntary sector. She has published and lectured on mental health, dramatherapy and cancer survivorship.

Louise Kermode

Louise Kermode is Head of Services for Jami, a mental health charity that provides support to the Jewish Community. A qualified occupational therapist, throughout her career Louise has demonstrated a strong commitment to finding and developing innovative ways to support people with mental illness. She has been involved implementing organisational changes that promote recovery in mental health.

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