ONLINESuicide Loss in the Jewish Community

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(Photo: DanHenson1/iStock)

Suicide in the Jewish community affects all of us. Are you interested in understanding suicide loss as an important mental health issue? Have you or someone you know lost a friend or family member to suicide?

Learn about how to raise awareness and respond to the impact of suicide loss in the Jewish community.


  • Marjorie Sokoll, M.Ed., social worker, and Rabbi-Chaplain Suzanne Offit, co-facilitators of the Suicide Loss Survivor Support Group at Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS)
  • Suicide loss survivors share their personal stories
  • Mary Curlew, LICSW, JF&CS clinician involved with suicide prevention efforts in Greater Boston

There will be time for Q&A after hearing from the presenters. Guests can submit questions in chat or on camera.

Marjorie U. Sokoll, M.Ed., is the founding director of the JF&CS Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Jewish Healing, which offers individuals and families support when facing the challenges of illness, loss or isolation. Marjie has presented locally and nationally on Jewish healing, end-of-life and bereavement.

Rabbi Suzanne Offit, BCC (board-certified chaplain), brings many years of experience as a community rabbi and as a palliative care chaplain in the hospital setting. Rabbi Offit works closely with patients and families in times of crisis offering support, calm, hope and a safe space for reflection and transformation.

Mary Curlew, LICSW, is director of mental health and aging at JF&CS. Mary has over 20 years’ experience providing mental health services and training in a variety of settings. Her specialties include trauma informed care, older adult behavioral health, caregiver support and holistic approaches to health care. She is a graduate of Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work and has advanced training in eye movement desensitization reprocessing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and mindfulness.

JF&CS is grateful for the support of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

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