Food for Thought

October 15, 2021

Dear Amudim Family,
Often when an individual comes to us facing one crisis, there is something else brewing beneath the surface. Getting to the root of the problem and finding the right support can be a challenge; but when we are able to successfully partner with a client and his/her support system and guide them to the right help, the chances for a positive outcome can become a concrete reality. 
Rina* was an outgoing, cheerful teenager with lots of friends. But things took a dangerous turn when she stopped eating and became obsessed with food and weight loss to the point where she weighed only 95 pounds. Her parents, not knowing what else to do, had her hospitalized several times, but she kept getting discharged without any progress or improvement. Rina also went to numerous therapists and dieticians over the following months, but nothing was helping. Her parents had learned about Amudim from a family friend who had used our services in the past; and together with Rina, they decided to reach out seeking guidance in finding an appropriate eating disorder treatment program. 
Our case manager spoke extensively with Rina, and she insisted that she had not experienced any past or current trauma and simply wanted help dealing with her challenges related to food. We found Rina a wonderful facility and she began treatment almost immediately. As time progressed and Rina began trusting her assigned therapist, she revealed that she had been sexually abused by her uncle around the time she stopped eating. It was clear that she was using food as a way of coping with and controlling her life under painful circumstances. Thankfully, once they found out, Rina’s parents believed her and were supportive in doing whatever they needed to keep Rina safe and get her on a path to healing and recovery.  
Recently, we heard from Rina’s parents that she is in a positive place, her weight is stable and healthy, and she is consistently seeing a therapist and dietician. We are hopeful that with continued support, Rina will continue moving forward to a happier and healthier future.
If you or someone you know is struggling, contact us anytime. 
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.

WEEK ENDING: October 15, 2021

203 New Amudim Cases Opened This Week

Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.


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In the news

Rabbi Zvi Gluck, director of Amudim, a Haredi organization in Israel that is involved in helping families, told Ynet the sect has around 280 members with Israeli, American or Canadian citizenship, most of whom even have dual citizenship.
“Most of them are Israeli citizens, so I expect the Israeli government to do everything in its power to find a way to act and help these people,” said Gluck. “If there is a raid on the place, they will not be able to take the children because there is no documentation about [their births]. In addition, when a new family joins the cult, their passports are taken away from them.”



WATCH: On Monday, October 11th, Rabbi Zvi Gluck joined Beth Jacob Congregation for an Open conversation on addiction, mental health and the Jewish community. Featuring Zach Dorfman, founder of A Life after Recovery and Dr. Ernest Katz, Clinical Psychologist. Click here to watch.
L-R. Moshe Faham, Rav Laniado, Solly Mizrahi and Rabbi Zvi Gluck
(Jerusalem) This week Amudim Israel organized a mental health awareness event in the Syrian Yeshiva, Lev Aharon, in Jerusalem. Initiated and organized by Solly Mizrahi, an Amudim Israel case manager, Rabbi Zvi Gluck, the CEO of Amudim, spoke to the more than 60 students about the complexities of mental health struggles and addictions. The students spent more than an hour asking questions about addictions and gaining an awareness of the importance of mental health intervention.