Council of Advisors

Prior to the launch of the Mental Health Program Department, JFS Houston assembled an exemplary group of mental health and community leaders to review to advise us on the scope and viability of our program offerings.  We are grateful for their ongoing leadership and wisdom.

Mental Health First Aid Co-Hosts

We are honored to collaborate with many of our community’s synagogues, schools, and organizations to host our eight-hour Mental Health First Aid trainings.  JFS’s goal is to train every Jewish adult in Mental Health First Aid so that we are equipped to recognize and refer family, friends, and colleagues to the care that they may need and deserve to receive.

Our current community co-hosts are: Chabad of Uptown, Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Brith Shalom, Congregation Emanu El, Evelyn Rubinstein Jewish Community Center, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, Jewish Community Center West Houston, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, National Council of Jewish Women, Shul of Bellaire, and United Orthodox Synagogue.

We brought MHFA to National Council of Jewish Women because empowering our members and fellow community members with training and tools to address Mental Health issues is critical to our mission… improving the quality of life for women, children, and families. Creating access to tools and resources and education around mental health we will be better able support each other and not only improve lives but save them! Lisa Stanton, NCJW GHS Co-President 2018-19

We are so happy to bring MHFA training to our community.  Through this important program, we now have many congregants ready and willing to look out for others who are in need. Rabbi Brian Strauss, Senior Rabbi Congregation Beth Yeshurun

I believe that any opportunity that can be provided to the community to understand ways to support mental health challenges and provide mechanisms and coping skills is critically important and the J looks forward to supporting this initiative. Joel Dinkin, CEO Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center

Educational Co-Hosts

We are proud to collaborate with many schools and colleges in Houston and the surrounding area on our Touching the Heart and Sources of Strength prevention programs and to offer training and education to parents, staff and students on a range of mental health topics.  Our partners currently include:

Robert M. Beren Academy, Torah Day School, Emery Weiner, Hillel Houston and Austin, St. John’s School, Kinkaid School, Bellaire High School, Memorial High School, Lamar High School, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, University of Houston, University of Houston Sugarland, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Austin, Trinity University in San Antonio, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, University of Miami, Indiana University, University of Chicago and Trinity University to name a few.

Let Us Train You

JFS Houston clinicians and trainers will come to your business, school, synagogue or organization to train you, your employees or colleagues in Mental Health First Aid, a CPR program for the brain.  JFS also collaborates to offer Suicide Protocol Trainings for businesses, schools and synagogues in Harris and surrounding counties.  We co-host psychoeducational seminars, workshops and programs on a mental health topic that suits your business, school or organization.  Let us Train You!