This past Sunday, October 22, a crowd of over 650 people gathered at Young Israel in Beachwood for an event titled “Better Together”. The goal of the evening was to bring together the Cleveland community to raise awareness and support people struggling with mental health challenges. Better Together was co-sponsored by two trailblazing organizations in the field of mental health; Naaleh, which provides mental health referrals and support, and Yesh Tikvah, which provides financial assistance for mental health services.
The evening’s program was opened by Dr. Meir Pollack, Chairman of the Board of Yesh Tikvah. Dr. Pollack described the growing need for help and support for mental illness in the community. He expressed heartfelt gratitude for the ongoing generous efforts of local supporters who make the work of Yesh Tikvah possible, before introducing the keynote speaker, Rabbi Ephraim Eliyahu Shapiro of North Miami Beach, Florida.From the moment Rabbi Shapiro took the stage, the audience was enraptured, hanging on to every word of his impassioned presentation.