This film competed in
Faith & Spirituality Film Festival
Healers of Faith: Be a Mensch is about a woman struggling with death by overdose of her younger sister and seeks answers from Judaism and the Jewish faith leaders in the community who have their own stories to share. Healers of Faith: Be a Mensch is a conversation starter and aims to show a few things: • It’s OK for the Jewish community to talk about mental health and substance abuse. • Jewish Clergy are available for Jewish community members to have conversations with. • Jewish Clergy are ordinary individuals, and some have mental illnesses too. Through the work of the Blue Dove Foundation, we have found that hearing personal stories of struggles and loss directly from those living through them makes a stronger impact and helps foster new perspectives, personal connections, ideas, and hope. The stories shared in this video come from Jewish Clergy who have gone through a personal life-changing experience and hope by sharing their story they can show others with similar stories they are not alone. Through projects and programs like this, we can begin to eliminate the shame and stigma many feel when it comes to mental illness and addiction in the Jewish community and beyond.