The Jewish Teen Gratitude Journal

In Judaism, Shabbat is a weekly, structured opportunity to reflect on our weeks and our lives. This gratitude journal is modeled after that idea, with structured prompt for the beginning, middle, and end of the week to help you:

  • Set goals for yourself for the upcoming week.
  • Celebrates the small accomplishments you undertook thus far.
  • Reflect on that which you are grateful for as you prepare for Shabbat.

The journal consists of fifty-two pages, one per week, and encourages you to practice gratitude for a few moments every week. Your mindset can change with the littlest habits, so let’s give it a try!

Table of Contents

The essence of hakarat hatov isn’t just to express thankfulness to those around you and the objects you possess in your life; it also is to truly feel the gratitude deep in your heart and soul. In order to do so, you must practice gratitude every day.

  • About the Jewish Teen Gratitude Journal
  • About the Creator
  • About the Blue Dove Foundation
  • Judaism’s Connection to Gratitude
  • Resources
    • Getting Started with Gratitude
    • Teen Mental Health Resources
    • Mental Health Glossary for Teens
    • Grounding Exercises to Help Someone Who is Struggling
  • Gratitude Pages

#QuietingTheSilence: Personal Stories

For the longest time, the Jewish community wouldn’t talk about anything related to mental health. The subject carried a stigma that in many places remains in place, preventing individuals from opening up and seeking help. #QuietingTheSilence: Personal Stories offers a chance for people to share stories and perspectives related to their own life-changing experiences involving mental illness and addiction. Through these personal stories of struggles and loss, we hope to show individuals they are not alone, and to work toward eliminating the shame and stigma many feel around these topics. This book has been a part of several different Jewish Book Festivals across the country.

Jewish Mental Health Toolkit

The Blue Dove Foundation wants to inspire people to be educated, courageous, and confident in offering hope and support to those who struggle with their mental well-being and addiction. Hope is one of the greatest resources we have to change the culture of silence and stigma around mental health issues in the Jewish community.

About the Toolkit

The Jewish Mental Wellness Toolkit is a response to continuous requests for help in the area of mental health for synagogues, schools, and community leaders. As a practical guide for everyday use, it offers guidance and support for transforming community culture along with practical and concrete information about mental health and wellness. Created through a Jewish lens, this Toolkit is full of resources, facts, and suggested readings. We hope it will empower all of us to turn hope into action.

Book cover of the 'Jewish Mental Health Toolkit​'

Whoever Saves a Life, Saves the World

Mi Sheberach for Mental Health: Cultivating Mental Wellness with the Jewish Prayer for Healing

The mi sheberach dates back to ancient Babylonia, initially as a blessing rabbis said over their congregations. The original mi sheberach—recited only on Mondays and Thursdays, never on Shabbat—asked G-d to “bless all those brothers and sisters who come to the synagogue for prayer and to give.” Only in the twelfth century did it start to be said for individuals for a variety of reasons, including illness. But until the 1980s, the traditional prayer for the sick could only be found in a rabbi’s manual; “regular” Jews did not have a copy in their prayer books and therefore could not read along.