Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
and Jewish Family Service welcome
Wendy Mnookin, award-winning poet, for two special events
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Jewish Family
Service welcome Wendy Mnookin, award winning and critically acclaimed
author and poet, for two special events in Cincinnati on difficult
issues that face families: child drug abuse and the death of a loved
one. Partnering with Deborah Eckert, LSW, CCDCIII, a therapist specializing
in substance abuse from Jewish Family Service and Rabbi Samuel K.
Joseph, Professor of Education and Leadership Development at HUC-JIR,
the sessions offer insight from both personal experience and professional
expertise. The events are free of charge and open to the public,
but RSVPs are requested. Contact the Department of Outreach Education
of HUC-JIR at (513) 221-1875 ext. 353.
"My Child A Drug Addict?: A Jewish Mother Confronts Her Son's
Drug Abuse will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2002 from 7:15
pm - 8:30 pm at Temple Sholom, 3100 Longmeadow Lane. Utilizing her
book, To Get Here, and articles co-authored with her son, Mnookin
will address parenting and family issues of a drug addicted child
from her own experiences. Following the presentation, Jewish Family
Service therapist Deborah Eckert, LSW, CCDCIII, will facilitate
a discussion on talking to children about drugs, finding help, and
how the Jewish community can better address this serious problem.
"A Tough Issue: Children and the Death of a Loved One" will take
place on Monday, December 9, 2002 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm in Mayerson
Hall Auditorium on the campus of HUC-JIR, 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati.
Mnookin will share her book of poetry, What He Took, and her experience
as a child losing a parent. What He Took, won the Sheila Motton
award from the New England Poetry Club for the best book of poetry
2001-2002. Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph, the author of a curriculum for
teaching children about death and a founder of Fernside Center for
Grieving Children, will present a lesson and lead a discussion about
teaching children about death and helping mourning children.
Mnookin, is the author of three books of poetry. In 1999 she won
a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She
graduated from Radcliffe College and received her MFA in Writing
from Vermont College. Mnookin has taught poetry to children in Boston
area schools and creative writing and poetry to students at Boston
College. Mnookin's first book, Guenever Speaks (Round Table Publications,
1991) is a cycle of persona poems in which Mnookin explores the
inner life of the woman at the center of the Arthurian legend. In
addition to her three books, Mnookin's poems are included in a number
of anthologies, including Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the
Baby Boom Generation and Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the
City. Her poems have won prizes from a number of journals, including
The Comstock Review, Kansas Quarterly and New Millennium Writings.
For more than 50 years, Jewish Family Service has played a vital
role in serving the constantly changing social service needs of
individuals, families and their children in Greater Cincinnati's
Jewish community. Through the Alan R. Mack Parent's Center, Family
Life Education, Adoption Connection, Resettlement and Acculturation
Jewish Community Center, Older Adult Services, and Counseling, people
count on Jewish Family Service every day for support, comfort-and
hope. For more information about the programs and resources of Jewish
Family Service contact (513) 469-1188.
The Department of Outreach Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion connects the community with the resources
of HUC-JIR through ongoing learning experiences such as the Academy
for Adult Interfaith Study and the Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture
Series, and one-time programs. The Department of Outreach Education
also coordinates group tour and educational experiences for temples,
community, and school organizations. For more information about
the programs or to arrange an educational experience at HUC-JIR,
contact Rachel Stern Komerofsky, Director of Outreach Education
at (513) 221-1875 ext. 354.