The holiday season brings with it joy, family connections, and a chance to reflect and rejuvenate ourselves for the new year. Yet for those suffering from trauma or mental illness, feelings of loneliness and isolation can become more profound. But we at Amudim have seen that once someone realizes that he does not have to fight his demons alone, the holidays can truly become a time of healing and positive change.
Daniel* reached out to Amudim when the combination of his OCD and anxiety, exacerbated by covid and the approaching holidays, became too much to bear. He felt isolated and unable to go on without outside support. Daniel spoke with a case manager about the pain he endured at the hands of his childhood abuser and the manifestation that trauma has had in his life until today. He had always been too ashamed to share his pain with the people in his life. Daniel’s case manager provided much needed empathy and support, for which he was deeply grateful. He expressed that this is the first time in his life that he feels seen, and that speaking with his case manager helped him believe that there is hope to find a path to healing and moving past the trauma that has prevented him from living a normal and happy life.
Together with Daniel, our case manager created a detailed plan to enable him to start processing and integrating new coping tools. Daniel has started seeing a therapist and has joined a group with others who have been through similar experiences. The therapy provides him with a safe place to process the pain that he was too afraid to confront until now. He has also found tremendous comfort in sitting with others in a group who can relate to the challenges he has faced. Daniel is just at the beginning of his healing journey; but with his newfound strength and courage, he is learning to live a more present and wholesome life. And for the first time in many years, he is looking forward to celebrating the new year.
Please know that you are never alone. Amudim is here and just a phone call away to provide support and guidance wherever it is needed.
There’s No Place Like Home
Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.
We thought when we stood in shul last year on Rosh Hashana saying the words of U’nesane Tokef that we understood the full meaning of the prayer penned by Rabbi Amnon on his deathbed in Mainz centuries ago.
How wrong we were….
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amudim has assisted hundreds of community members with arranging safe emergency travel to Israel, primarily for funerals and medical-related matters, as well as for students. We have updated our website to provide updated information and guidelines for all types of travel to Israel.
Please click below, where we have included as much relevant and current information as possible, including the necessary forms, requirements, and the contact person to speak to directly for emergencies.