The mission of BITACHON, Temple Beth Ami’s Mental Health Initiative is to provide a safe and sacred place for congregants and to cultivate community connections that promote mental health awareness. We aspire to:

  •       Create a safe and sacred community that fosters trust, comfort, openness, and acceptance.
  •       Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and mental health challenges.
  •       Educate our congregation on broad topics of mental health and wellness.
  •       Support mental health training for clergy, staff, lay-leadership, and synagogue volunteers.

Would you like more information?  Contact Becky Corbett or Abby Gritz.

Clergy Resources

Want to talk?  Our experienced clergy team can provide congregants with pastoral counseling and support on a wide range of topics, including:  illness, job loss, grief and mourning, family dynamics, pre-marital counseling, marital counseling, divorce, parenting, mental health, substance abuse, questions of spirituality and belief, infertility,  gender identity, coming-out, and more.

As Temple members, please do not hesitate to reach out to our clergy for confidential counsel. We’re here for you.

We can be reached by phone (301) 340-6818 or by email, for an appointment or for more details:

Jewish Social Services

Through our special connection with JSSA, Temple Beth Ami members are able to receive free, confidential consultation on family and mental health issues. Roberta Drucker is a licensed clinical social worker and also earned a B.A. in psychology and early childhood, elementary and special education. Her specialized training and experience include the treatment of anxiety, OCD and other mood issues, ADHD, learning disabilities, families with special needs, parenting, couples and family therapy, aging and bereavement and inter-generational family therapy.  Contact Roberta by email or at (301) 610-8369.

Community Resources

Help is available! Use these resources to find assistance for you, a friend, or a family member. They include national, state, and local resources covering alcohol, drugs and opioids, emotional challenges and distress, family relationships, mental health, and mental illness. In addition to topic-specific information about conditions, these resources can be helpful in understanding matters that can affect individuals, family relationships, parenting, and grand-parenting.