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Simchat HaChagim

Simchat HaChagim is a collaborative project between The Chai-Tikvah Foundation, a registered non-profit agency providing supportive housing and programming for the mentally ill within our Jewish community, and Spark of Brilliance, a community-based mental health initiative that promotes healing through creative arts workshops. This project proposes to provide a festive and creative venue for those suffering loneliness and the stigmatization of mental illness, to come and celebrate the Jewish Holidays in a warm, kind and safe environment. Celebrations will include the food and traditions of each holiday, and will spotlight the individual gifts and talents of those attending the celebration. Creative arts like storytelling, music, painting, and photography will serve to help promote Jewish heritage. Rosh haShanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Tu B’Shvat, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, and Tisha B’Av will be celebrated throughout the calendar year. The artistry coming out of these celebrations can also be hung in local galleries, put into books, etc., thus helping to bring mental illness out of the shadows, and highlight the contribution those suffering can, and are, making to their respective communities.