Mental Wellness Initiative

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The CBB Mental Wellness Initiative (MWI) works to reduce the stigma of mental illness by supporting congregants and their families through education, and promotes emotional and spiritual wellness.

The MWI Committee works to provide resources on this webpage, at the CBB library, and in the temple office, and also sponsors activities and educational programs that promote mental health and wellness.

If you have any suggestions for presentations, or have questions about mental wellness, please contact Howard Cohen at

Committee Members

Lynne Glasman, PhD
Debbie Hartzman
Jane Honikman
Elizabeth Karlsberg
Alan Levy, PhD
Arlene Raphael
Arnold Spechler
Beth Weinberg, MFT
Elizabeth Mason
Howard Cohen, LPCC

Mental Wellness Topics

  • The Healthy Brain: How Wellness Activities Can Improve Brain Functioning and Overall Mental Health
  • Physical Activities for Wellness (e.g., Yoga, Dance, Hiking)
  • Cooking for Wellness and Healthy Eating
  • Low-Tech Family-Fun Activities (e.g., Games, Outdoor Adventures)
  • “Sleep Hygiene” (practices to improve your quality of sleep and daytime alertness)
  • Engaging in Quiet Activities (e.g., Silent Meditation; Mindfulness)
  • Activities that Awaken the Senses (touch, smell, taste, etc.)
  • Jewish Music for Healing
  • Wellness and Visual Arts & Literature (e.g., Book & Poetry Readings)
  • Wellness and Spiritual Enrichment (e.g. Studying Torah, Honoring Shabbat)
  • Making a Contribution: Caring for Others & Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam)

Upcoming MWI Events
2016/17 The Year of the Family

Patti Linsky had been the Cantor at Temple Ahavat Shalom for over 24 years when a life-threatening condition derailed her career. Her resulting journey is the basis of Altar EGO, the story of Patti’s passion for music and religious commitment, addiction recovery, search for self-worth and redemption. Join us as Patti Linksy presents her very personal compositions and stories peppered with her unique humor, wisdom, and zest for life.

As Cantor Emerita of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, CA, Patti has officiated for many of the congregation’s Lifecycle Events. Her years of experience and wisdom as well as familiarity with our Jewish history enables Patti to bring her soulful and spiritual connection to every event. Events are customized to each family’s personal needs and requirements. Click here for more event details

Please click on her webpage to get a glimpse of her biography and body of work:!alter-ego/c101x

Spiritual Wellness Shabbat at CBB  – Coming in October/November 2017

More details to follow.

Mental Health Resources in Santa Barbara County

  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous): (805) 962-3332
  • Alanon & Alateen (Support for loved ones/ kids & family of alcoholics): (805) 899-8302
  • Emotional Health Anonymous: (805) 961-3945
  • Detox Center: (805) 963-1836
  • Mental Wellness Center: (805) 884-8440
  • NA (Narcotics Anoymous): (805) 569-1288
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): (805) 884-8440
  • NarAnon (Support for loved ones/kids & family of those with substance abuse issues)
    Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
    909 North La Cumbre
    Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    Meeting Name: “I Can Be Free”
    Fridays at 6:00 PM

History of the CBB Mental Wellness Initiative (formerly Mental Health Initiative)

  • November 21, 2010: Mental Health and Mental Illness: Secrets, Stigma, Silence, Science, Search, Support and Spirit, led by Rabbi Steve Cohen and Jane Honikman
  • January 10, 2011: Follow up meeting with Rabbi Steve Cohen, Jane Honikman, and Lynne Glasman
  • May 22, 2011: Clinical and Jewish Perspectives on Depression with Rabbi Anne Brenner and Ira Weinstein.
  • September 16, 2011: Dr. Mark Leffert, MD presented on Depression
  • April 2012: Aaron Ettenberg presented on Addictions
  • Fall 2012: Dr. Ron Brooks presented on Anxiety
  • Fall 2013: Alzheimers presentation
  • October 26, 2014:  Unmasking the Hidden World of Mental Illness – An Interactive Discussion about Stigma, facilitated by Elizabeth Gaynes, Rabbi Steve Cohen and Barbara Kuhn
  • January 25, 2015:  Co-Occurring Issues – Dual Diagnosis, led by Arnold Spechler, Howard Babus, MD, Armando Quiros, MFT, and Rabbi Steve Cohen
  • October 12, 2015 and February 8 & 22, 2016: Holistic Approaches to Mental Wellness with Dr. Michael Mantz