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This site is for therapists with little or no familiarity in working with Orthodox Jewish clients. 

 

Clients enter therapy desperate to be understood, respected, and appreciated; increasing cultural and religious knowledge will enable therapists to provide more empathic attunement.

 

Please utilize this site as a resource for cultural and clinical insights.

 

 

 

 Tradition 101

 Orthodox Jews Keep:

click on the words below to learn more

 

Greenberg, B., (1983). How to run a traditional Jewish household. New York: Simon and Schuster

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   Modern      Ultra-Orthodox  or  Yeshivish        Chasidic

Orthodox
is an umbrella term
      that has many subgroups. Three main ones:
For more comprehensive information click on

Orthodox Jews in Pictures

Modern Orthodox:
Modern Orthodox:

Blend in with mainstream culture and often attend secular universities. Most males wear head coverings, a skull cap called 'Kippa'.

Chabad Lubavitch, a Chassidic group:
Chabad Lubavitch, a Chassidic group:

Most men have beards, typically wear black hats, dark slacks, and white shirts.

Ultra-Orthodox Man:
Ultra-Orthodox Man:

Distinctive in their attire, they do not cut their sideburns.

Modern Orthodox:
Modern Orthodox:

Blend in with mainstream culture and often attend secular universities. Most males wear head coverings, a skull cap called 'Kippa'.

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Immigration & Trauma

 
People often immigrate to the United States from countries in which they are persecuted, searching for freedom, justice, and peace.
 
Holocaust survivors, asylum seekers, and other migrants may experience historical and multi-generational traumas. Leaving behind their country and loved ones will often have clinical implications in treatment.  The video below highlights traumas of immigration.

                                                     
 

Produced by Gila Cohen Davidovsky

 

Diversity

More information can be found at Jews Around the Globe 

 

Demographics

American Jewish Population Project - Brandeis University

More than 10% of adult Jews in the United States identify as people of color.

The intersectionality of being a 'person of color' and a Jew, requires the therapist to be sensitive to the multicultural  identities of their clients. 

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