Addressing Food, Body Image, and Eating Disorders in the Jewish Community

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Conferences & Events
Jun. 07, 2009
June 7, 2009

Source: Orthodox Union Conference


The Orthodox Union, in conjunction with the Renfrew Center Foundation, is sponsoring a full-day conference for professionals on "Food, Body Image, and Eating Disorders in the Jewish Community," on Sunday, June 7, from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. It will take place at Ramaz Middle School, 114 East 85th Street, New York City. The event is open to professionals in the field, rabbis, rabbinical and social work
students, with limited space for the general public.

The goals of this conference are to:

• Explore hunger & shame, body hatred & ED in the Jewish community
• Examine the place of food in Jewish culture, history & community
• Address the rise in ED & related issues in the Jewish community
• Build a bridge between modern therapeutic techniques & traditional values
• Develop strategies for using Jewish tradition, culture, spirituality, text & ritual as resources for health


Leading practitioners in the field of eating disorders will be conducting workshops throughout the day such as Samuel Menaged, J.D., Marjorie Feinson, Ph.D., David Hahn, M.D., Esther Altmann, Ph.D., Emily Kurlioff, Ph.D. There will be three keynote speakers including Rabbi Abraham Twerski, M.D.


The Young Leadership Cabinet of the Orthodox Union has developed a 40-minute documentary that focuses on the rising rates of anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders in our community. It is aimed at providing education regarding awareness, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders. This DVD will be featured at the program, and distributed FREE OF CHARGE, to all conference participants for guided presentation in schools, synagogues and organizations.

Updated: Feb. 07, 2017
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