OU and NEDA to Present Webcast on Eating Disorders in the Jewish Community, February 26

25 Feb 2014


The Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Engagement and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) will present a panel discussion on “I Had No Idea: the Impacts of an Eating Disorder on the Jewish Community: Holidays, Dating and Marriage,” which will be webcast on Wednesday, February 26 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Presenters include Ilene Fishman, LCSW; Sarah Roer, Ph.D.; and Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, CEDRD.

“Eating disorders are among the most serious medical conditions and there is a growing need for education regarding prevention strategies, risk factors for early identification, and awareness of the cultural issues that continue to plague the Jewish community,” said Hannah Farkas, Manager of Programs and Special Projects of the OU’s Department of Community Engagement. “We are pleased to partner with NEDA on this webcast to provide a candid dialogue with the hopes to raise awareness within the community, thus breaking down the barriers which prevent individuals from recognizing symptoms and seeking help.”

Ilene Fishman has been in private practice for the past 27 years, specializing in treatment of eating disorders. She is currently the president-elect of the New York City chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) and is a member of NEDA’s founder Council. She is also a Clinical Advisor to the NEDA Navigators program and the Loss Support Network.

Dr. Sarah Roer holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an area of focus, both in research and clinically, in the field of eating disorders. Her previous clinical experiences related to the field of eating disorders include The Renfrew Center of New York, St. Luke’s Obesity Research Center in New York, and Hadassah Ein Kerem in Jerusalem.

Sondra Kronberg is the Founder/Nutritional Director of the Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative with offices in New York City and Long Island. She is the author of the“Comprehensive Learning/Teaching Handout Series for Eating Disorders” on CD and author of numerous articles and a column called “Tools for Your Toolbox.” Specializing in the training and treatment of the collaborative approach to eating disorders, she is a national workshop leader/speaker and media spokesperson on eating disorders and body wellness.


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