SHALOM. SALAAM. PEACE OF MIND. PODCAST

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Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman is a visionary with a plan and a lifelong seeker.  She is dedicated to

Rabbi Jill Zimmerman

Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman creates welcoming, inclusive spiritual experiences that open hearts and build Jewish community. In 2011, she founded the Jewish Mindfulness Network as well as an online subscription-based community, Hineni: The Mindful Heart Community.
Today, Rabbi Jill is a popular Rabbi-at-Large and scholar-in-residence who teaches spiritual approaches to core Jewish holy days and holidays; officiates at Jewish lifecycle events such as weddings, baby namings, and funerals; and provides personalized spiritual guidance and teaching to individuals.
Follow Rabbi Jill Zimmerman:
https://ravjill.com/blog/
https://twitter.com/RabbiJill
https://www.facebook.com/RabbiJill/
https://ravjill.com/hinenioc/ 

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Zariah Horton

Zariah Horton has worked in field of mental health for almost 20 years, and she has worked for various non-profits in the Los Angeles area. Since completing graduate school, she became a psychotherapist and life coach. She has concentrated he work on destigmatizing mental health, sexual health, and domestic violence in faith communities and communities of color. 
For several years, she managed a group homes providing therapy and case management to adolescent girls on probation and in foster care. This led her to further her education and receive specialized training in counseling trauma survivors. She taught a the graduate level regarding psychology, human development, sexual health, counseling couples and families. 

Zariah has conducted workshops on the cycle of violence, identity development, addiction, trauma, and fertility. She has written grants, received funding, and lead workshops on the prevention and education of domestic violence in the Muslim community. She co-facilitated a process group at her local mosque regarding the Me Too movement. She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, and she has been training throughout Southern California focusing on faith communities.
Follow Zariah Horton:
https://www.facebook.com/people/Zariah-Tiffany/100006088579163

 is the President of the Academy for Jewish Religion California as well as Dean of the Rabbinical Sc

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D.

President of the Academy for Jewish Religion California as well as Dean of the Rabbinical School and Chaplaincy Program. Rabbi Gottlieb was ordained at Yeshiva University. He holds a doctorate in Mythology/Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where he has served as an Adjunct Faculty member. He has also taught at Columbia, Yeshiva University and the University of Southern California’s Graduate School of Social Work.   


A dynamic and engaging speaker, he is a frequent guest lecturer at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles as well as at synagogues of all denominations throughout Southern California.  

Rabbi Gottlieb is the former Director of Hillel at MIT and Princeton, and was the Rabbi at Kehillat Ma’arav in Santa Monica as well as Westwood Village Synagogue. He has inspired countless students with his enthusiasm for Jewish learning and deeply believes in the emphasis that the Academy places on spirituality as a major component of religious training and teaching. 


Follow Rabbi Mel Gottlieb:

 https://ajrca.edu/whats-happening/blog/ 


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Dr. Heather Laird-Jackson

Dr. Heather Laird is the Director of the Center for Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology at the University of Southern California.

She is also Managing Director of HRL Consulting, LLC., and hosts "Muslims and Mental Health" on YouTube and "MH90" podcast series available on podcast apps.


She holds a Doctorate of Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Master’s in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy and Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management.  She has further specializations and training in trauma-informed therapies, Energy Psychology and Sex Therapy. 


Dr. Laird-Jackson serves on the 2-1-1 committee for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office in Los Angeles and works with the Mayor’s office Safe Spaces program. She serves on the UREP committee for the Department of Mental Health Los Angeles, and she has served on many community boards.  She has been awarded the Global Psychology Award (2015 & 2016) and the Community Partnerships Award (2016).  


While at TCS in Public Health, she had served on The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Diversity Advisory Board (2016-2017), the State of the Discipline Committee for MFT (2017) and the Distinguished Teaching Award Committee (2014), and on the AAMFT-CA Outreach Committee (2014). She was a steering committee member to the first World Congress on Muslim Philanthropy in Istanbul, and is a member of AAMFT, CAMFT, AMHP, IFTA and ACEP.


Follow Dr. Heather Laird:

 https://anchor.fm/mh90-mental-health-in-90-seconds 

https://twitter.com/nafshealer

https://soundcloud.com/muslims-and-mental-health-by-sr-heather

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfKjWVRptnPiiAULNFOFI1A/feed

https://www.ctr4muslimmentalhealth.com/

1-800-NASEEHA

1-800-4-MUSLIM (referral line)

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Sally Weber

Sally Weber, LCSW, is recently retired as consultant to the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health/Interfaith Clergy Roundtable, bringing together LACDMH staff and interfaith clergy to explore the nexus between spirituality and mental health.  

She was previously Director of Jewish Community Programs and Special Needs Programs at Jewish Family Service Los Angeles and Coordinator of the JFSLA Crisis Response team, which included support to schools, synagogues and families related to shootings, traumatic deaths and natural disasters.  She is currently a member of the Jewish Community Crisis Response Team of JFSLA.


Ms. Weber has been Instructor of Pastoral Counseling at the Hebrew Union College-Pacific Institute of Religion Rabbinic School and is a founding Board member of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  She is a founding Board member of the Center for Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology.


Her volunteer work includes coordinating Dinner and Dialogue for NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change; and chairing the Caregiver Workgroup for the International Myeloma Foundation.

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Alo Johnston

Alo Johnston is a licensed marriage and family therapist at The Los Angeles Gender Center. He graduated from Antioch University with LGBT specialization, and trained at The Los Angeles LGBT Center. As a transgender man, Alo works to dismantle the system of gate keeping that affect transgender individuals as both activist and therapist. 

Alo Johnston’s practice is located near Pershing Square, in Downtown Los Angeles. He also specializes in LGBTQIA specific work, as well as working with polyamorous and non-monogamous relationships. Too often, LGBTQIA individuals are told who or what they are, and theraphy should be an entirely different space. 
Follow Alo Johnston:
http://alojohnston.com/ 

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Edina Lekovic

For over 15 years, Edina Lekovic has served as a leading voice on American Muslims and an inter-community builder between diverse faith traditions. She is a co-founder and board member of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, a board member of multifaith house of worship The Pico-Union Project and a layleader at the Islamic Center of Southern California. 


Edina Lekovic is also an On Being Fellow and host of the podcast "Meeting the Moment," which explores how people find opportunities within life's big challenges, which was recently named one of the best new podcasts of 2018. She is also the executive director of the Robert Ellis Simon Foundation, which supports innovative mental health projects in LA County."


Follow Edina Lekovic:

 http://www.mtmpod.com/ 

 https://twitter.com/edlek