The Renfrew Center’s therapists are sensitive to the customs and practices of Orthodox Judaism. All meals served in the Observant Jewish program are supplied either by vendors or catered by restaurants under the strict supervision of Orthodox Rabbis. All food is kept separate, all plates and eating utensils are disposable and all serving pieces are clearly marked for kosher use only.
Topics for Group Discussion in the Observant Jewish Women Program May Include:
- Self-Esteem (Bishvili Nivra Ha’Olam) - This group focuses on enhancing the individual’s belief in her worthiness and ability to participate in life to its fullest.
- Dating and Marriage (Shidduch V’Zivuggim) - This group focuses on the joy of dating and relationships, as well as stressors and anxieties that may accompany these experiences.
- Body Image (HaGuf beMar’eh) - This group focuses on changing “black and white” thinking to “rainbow” thinking about one’s body.
- My Voice (Sh’ma beKoli) - This group focuses on developing one’s internal voice and nurturing/appreciating one’s self in day-to-day life.
- The Place of Food in Jewish Life - This group focuses on the mediating factor of family and how interactions with family members, which are inextricably linked to festive meals and Jewish food rituals, influence overall perceptions of eating and eating behaviors.