Panim-el-Panim is a social-justice initiative of Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, California.
Our focus is on working together with other houses of worship and religious organizations to address the issue of teen and young adult mental health from a faith perspective.
Panim-el-Panim is a social justice initiative at Peninsula Temple Sholom that emerged from Kolot, a commitment from clergy and leadership to foster connections, deepen relationships, and engage in social justice work together as a congregation. Panim-el-Panim is a response to our community’s awareness of the need for bringing understanding and support for teens and young adults battling mental health issues.
Mental illness feeds on avoidance. The best way to deal with it is to approach it and not avoid it.
Living with mental illness is a challenging road to travel. It is challenging because of the lack of coordinated care, because it is a silent disease, one that is difficult to discuss, because of the immense stigma associated with it and because we do not talk about it enough in our houses of worship.
We can make a difference. We can change this direction.
Our current focus
Increase Opportunities for Discussion & Support
Designing additional programming to reduce stigma and raise awareness in our community about mental illness. We’re partnering with PTS’ “Sholom in the Home” and “Caring Community” groups for home discussions, book discussions, support groups, and more.
A Community Multifaith Gathering
Hosting a Multifaith Day of Learning on January 22, 2017 that will bring together spiritual leaders from a variety of faiths, clinicians, members of the public health community, and more to teach and learn from each other.