Our Daughters, Our Future: An Educational Series

Exploring Girls’ Mental Health and Wellness

In response to skyrocketing rates of mental health challenges facing girls and young women in the Jewish community. Gateways convened a series of experts and young women to speak directly to parents and educators on how to identify early warning signs of girls’ mental health issues and share strategies to support girls who are struggling.

Videos of all four webinars, as well as resources provided by our experts, can be found below.

This series is supported with generous funding from The Miriam Fund of CJP Boston.

Webinars: (click for series flyer)

October 29, 2020: Anxiety and Depression

December 8, 2020: Bullying

February 9, 2021: Eating Disorders

April 2021: Self-Injury

June 2021: Trauma

Promoting Partners:

Blue Dove Foundation
Camp Yavneh
Camp Young Judaea
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey
Hillel Community Day School of Rochester
MetroWest Jewish Day School
The Rashi School
Ruderman Family Foundation
Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project
Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston
Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon
Temple Aliyah
Temple Beth Zion
Temple Israel of Natick


Let's Talk About Your Technology and Your Kids by Nancy J. Kislin, LCSW, MFT

Handhold: a website dedicated to guide parents in caring for children’s mental health and emotional well-being.

Resources on Relational Aggression/Bullying/Creating Cultures of Dignity

Resources on Anxiety & Depression

Resources on Eating Disorders

Resources on Self-Injury

Resources on Trauma

June: Trauma

The Impact of Trauma on Our Youth: Myths, Facts, and Strategies

About the Webinar:

The experience of trauma is prevalent throughout our communities and impacts individuals functioning across all domains. The ACES study has demonstrated that trauma impacts not only our mental health, but our physical wellbeing. Trauma can be generational and occurs in many different forms. The good news is that with treatment and the presence of positive relationships, we can foster resilience and heal. This webinar will focus on understanding the impact of trauma and building resilience in those who have lived through traumatic experiences and will explore the presence of intergenerational trauma in the Jewish community. The session will be led by psychologist Dr. Miri Bar-Halpern, and feature a young speaker who will share her lived experience.

Click to learn more about our speaker, Dr. Miri Bar-Halpern, and her work.

Held on:
Thursday, June 3
7:30 – 9:00 pm


April: Self-Injury

Self-Injury: Understanding the Risks & Signs and Promoting Resilience

About the Webinar:

Self-injury can be a complex and frightening topic for those living and working with adolescents. This free webinar will give parents and educators practical information on dispelling myths about and recognizing the signs of self-injurious behavior in young people, and provide strategies on how to have conversations with teens that decrease stigma. The session will be led by psychologist Dr. Ashley Warhol, and feature a young speaker who will share her lived experience.

About our Speaker:

Ashley Warhol, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Services and Internship Training at Devereux Massachusetts & Rhode Island. Dr. Warhol specializes in treating youth with chronic mental health difficulties, specifically those who have experienced complex trauma and significant suicidal ideation and self-injurious behavior. Dr. Warhol provides training locally and nationally on best practices for working with LGBTQ youth, self-harm and risk management, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In addition to her work at Devereux, Dr. Warhol teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Becker College and Assumption University. Dr. Warhol also serves on the Board of APA's Division 53 Special Interest Group for Acute, Inpatient, and Residential Services.

Held on:
Wednesday, April 14
7:30 – 9:00 pm

Slides: Self-Injury: Understanding the Risks & Signs and Promoting Resilience



February: Eating Disorders

Identifying Eating Disorders & Promoting Resiliency
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Dr. Allyson Cherkasky is a licensed psychologist and associate professor at William James College in Newton, MA. She is the director of the Health & Behavioral Medicine area of emphasis in the Counseling and Behavioral Health Department. Dr. Cherkasky completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Behavioral Medicine Program at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medicine School and has held staff psychologist positions in Women's Heath at CHA, Newton-Wellesley Eating Disorders & Behavioral Medicine, and Medical Weight Loss at Beth Israel Lahey Health. She was the former clinical director at Walden Behavioral Care, has worked in private practice, consulted, and provided supervision over the past two decades. Her clinical and teaching interests are in women's health, eating disorders, weight management, behavioral medicine, integrated behavioral health, and social determinants of health. In addition to teaching, Dr. Cherkasky thoroughly enjoys mentoring early career professionals.

Held on:
Tuesday, February 9
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Slides: Identifying Eating Disorders & Promoting Resiliency


December: Bullying

Creating a Culture of Dignity:
Moving Beyond Bullying
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Based on over twenty years of teaching and constant feedback from today’s generation of young people, Rosalind Wiseman’s presentation is a call for action to transform the way we understand young people and create communities where children can thrive. From young people’s friendships, bullying, anxiety, social media use, conflicts with friends and family, and the constant pressure to “keep up,” she’ll share how we can best connect with young people; especially now when they need us most. She’ll give concrete advice for us so we, in turn, can guide the young people in our care while avoiding the common communication breakdowns and power struggles that often occur between young people and adults.

We’ll also hear from a young woman who has had firsthand experience with interpersonal conflict and learn of her efforts to navigate through both the conflict itself and the stigma attached to it.

Held on:
Tuesday, December 8
7:30pm - 9:00pm


October: Anxiety and Depression

Striving to Raise Resilient Teens in these Uncertain Times:
Strategies to Manage Anxiety, Stress and Depression

Learn from Nancy Kislin, LICSW, a nationally recognized expert working with teens and parents to navigate through the stress and angst of the modern world. Author of the book, LOCKDOWN: Talking to Your Kids about School Violence, Ms. Kislin appeared recently on CNN with a simple, but profound message: Only when we bring our whole, complete, flawed and authentic selves to our roles as parents, educators and members of a community can we raise kids resilient enough to handle the many challenges of life today We’ll also hear an inspiring first-person account of recovery from a young woman speaking with This Is My Brave, a national organization that uses the power of storytelling to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Held on:
Thursday, October 29
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Slides: Striving to Raise Resilient Teens


The Miriam Fund: Creating opportunities for women and girls