Mental Health Conference on Sexuality in the Orthodox Community

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Date(s) - 04/19/2015
8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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The Kraft Center for Jewish Life, Columbia University, NY



Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in the Orthodox Jewish Community

A Conference for Mental Health Professionals, Rabbinic Authorities, Community Leaders, Educators & Students

April 19th, 2015

Cosponsored by:

The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology,

Lincoln Square Synagogue


The Conference:

“Desire, Faith and Psychotherapy” presents a Psychoanalytic perspective on sexual orientation and gender identity in the Orthodox Jewish community. We will explore the intersection of psychological, religious and communal issues that present with LGBT people from Orthodox & Hasidic communities. The program features experts in the field and professionals with experience working with this population. They will review the latest research and develop a conceptual framework in which therapists and Orthodox rabbis can work together to offer the best care.

Featured Speakers:

Conference Co-Chairs: Alison Feit PhD, Alan Slomowitz PhD, Mordechai Levovitz LMSW

William Alanson White Institute: Mark Blechner Phd , Jack Drescher MD,

Lincoln Square Synagogue: Rabbi Shaul Robinson, Senior Rabbi

Rabbinical Council of America (RCA): Rabbi Mark Dratch MSW, Executive Vice President

Congregation Ahavath Torah: Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, Senior Rabbi & past President of the RCA

Date: April 19th, 2015

Time: 8:30am -5:30pm

Location: The Kraft Center for Jewish Life, Columbia University, NY

Cost: $135, Early Bird: $100, Student: $50 (limited)

Food: Kosher breakfast, lunch and coffee will be served


For details about CEU Credits contact:

For more information or to become a cosponsor contact:

Institutional Cosponsors:

Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work,

NYU Silver School of Social Work,

& Columbia University in the City of New York, Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life