Sunday, March 26, 2017 3:00 PM   -   5:00 PM
Location: Main Sanctuary, Meeting Room

Through Thick and Thin: Exploring Body Image and Eating Disorders

Many of us have a loved one, or know someone, who has struggled with negative body image or an eating disorder. Many of us have struggled with these issues ourselves. In this informative and honest session, we’ll explore body image—how a person perceives his or her physical self and the resulting thoughts and feelings, positive, negative, or both. We’ll also delve into the complex and pervasive issue of eating disorders—serious, life-threatening illnesses that impact millions of people of all ages and genders. This session is designed to help you:

  • reflect on personal and cultural relationships with food and body
  • understand the different types of eating disorders
  • increase your awareness of the signs and symptoms of these complex diseases

The Temple Isaiah Mental Health Initiative hopes that this understanding can lead to prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment and decrease the stigma often associated with these mental health conditions.

Our program will begin with a D’var by Rabbi Jill Perlman. Our moderator will be Cynthia Piltch, Ph.D, Health Educator and Chair of the Temple Isaiah Mental Health Team. Our keynote speaker will be clinical psychologist and Temple member Jodi Galin, Ph.D. We also will hear from long-time Temple Isaiah members Jamie and Leslie Goldberg and Karen Funkenstein. Jamie will talk about her battle with an eating disorder, and Leslie will speak from the perspective of a parent helping her child through this crisis; Karen will share her failures and successes with an eating disorder that was realized at age 37. Our speakers in recovery will highlight warning signs, issues in their struggles, and the hope that led to their recovery. Whether you’ve encountered eating disorders in your own life, or are concerned about helping your children develop positive body image, you will gain a lot from this program.

Jodi Galin, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in treating people with eating disorders for twenty years. She is passionate both about prevention and treatment and honored to have shared in the journey to full recovery for many teens and adults. She earned her BA degree in psychology from Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University. She completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral training at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in White Plains, NY. Over the years, Jodi has worked in inpatient, day hospital, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Jodi has a psychotherapy practice in Lexington, MA and is a Senior Advisor at Counseling and Nutrition Center 360. She works counseling people with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, parenting issues, relationship issues, and other mental health issues. She co-authored a primary prevention program and has spoken on topics such as obesity and eating disorder prevention at professional conferences as well as parent organizations.

Jamie GoldbergJamie Goldberg graduated from Tichon Isaiah and was an active member of LEFTY, also its Social Action Chair and Mazon Chair. Jamie is a junior at the University of Vermont, where she is studying psychology and fine arts, with a concentration in photography. Her photojournalism project Making Contact portrays the stories of men and women with eating disorders and was exhibited at the University of Vermont Art Gallery in 2016 .

Leslie Goldberg is a communications consultant and business writing coach; she also teaches in the Film and Media Studies program at Tufts University, where she earned a degree in psychology. When she’s not writing, teaching, and coaching friends and family through difficult times, she enjoys riding her horse, walking her dog, skiing, reading, and cooking.

Karen Funkenstein taught biology at Medford High School for 11 years, then middle school science at the Winsor School in Boston for 17 years.  After leaving the classroom, she became the administrative assistant at Temple Isaiah’s school office for 8 years. Currently, she is a fully retired, very busy grandmother to a sweet little girl.