REAL Upcoming Events

November 20, 2019: Screenagers
Throughout the year: REEL Movie Night
December 18, 2019: Ayelet Waldman

REAL and Brandeis Marin present Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER
Wednesday, Nov 20 | Pizza and salad at 6pm, movie at 6:30pm | Rodef Sholom

Follow physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston’s journey as she explores teens’ screen habits and discovers how parents, educators, and teens themselves can overcome mental health challenges and learn to navigate life’s ups and downs with self-acceptance and open mindedness. For parents with kids of all ages and for kids 10 and up. This event is free. RSVP here.


REEL Movie Night is a monthly film and discussion series featuring a curated list of movies that deal with the topics of mental health and mental illness. Enjoy a film in a supportive social environment and stay for a conversation afterward.

Tuesday, November 12 | 6:00 pm | JCC Lounge The Fisher King A radio shock jock, (Jeff Bridges), tries to find redemption by helping Parry (Robin Williams), whose life he inadvertently shattered. Parry suffers from PTSD, expressed as a schizophrenic-like psychosis.

Tuesday, January 21 | 6:00 pm | Rodef Sholom Library Crazywise Traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. This documentary asks “What if a psychological crisis has the potential to be a positive transformative experience, instead of a “broken brain?”

Tuesday, March 17 | 6:00 pm | Rodef Sholom Library Silver Linings Playbook Bipolar disorder caused Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) to lose both his wife and job. He meets Tiffany, (Jennifer Lawrence), who struggles with depression and behaviors suggesting borderline personality disorder.

Tuesday, May 12 | 6:00 pm | Rodef Sholom Library The Perks of Being a Wallflower A coming-of-age story about socially awkward Charlie (Logan Lerman) who starts high school isolated and anxious. He becomes friends with two seniors, including Sam (Emma Watson). Triggers: suicide, molestation.

Post-show conversations will be facilitated by long-time Rodef Sholom congregant and father Mark Solomons. Mark has been a part of the REAL Mental Health Initiative from the start, lending his passion and expertise to the mission of reducing stigma and isolation of mental illness and addiction in our community. Mark works as a Family Partner for Community Action Marin, based in the Crisis Stabilization Unit at Marin Health. Pizza, popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Joanne Forman, REAL Mental Health Program Coordinator, at [email protected].


Wednesday, December 18 | 7 pm | Rodef Sholom Sanctuary
Ayelet Waldman discusses A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life.
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When a small vial arrives in her mailbox from “Lewis Carroll,” Ayelet Waldman is at a low point. Her mood storms have become intolerably severe; she has tried nearly every medication possible; her husband and children are suffering with her. So she opens the vial, places two drops on her tongue, and joins the ranks of an underground but increasingly vocal group of scientists and civilians successfully using therapeutic microdoses of LSD. As Waldman charts her experience over the course of a month–bursts of productivity, sleepless nights, a newfound sense of equanimity–she also explores the history and mythology of LSD, the cutting-edge research into the drug, and the byzantine policies that control it. Drawing on her experience as a federal public defender and the mother of teenagers, as well as her research into the therapeutic value of psychedelics, Waldman has produced a book that is as entertaining as it is eye-opening.

AYELET WALDMAN is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook RoadLove and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter's Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace. With her husband Michael Chabon, she edited Kingdoms of Olive and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation. Her most recent book is A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming Fight of the Century, a collection of essays celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union. Ayelet lives in Berkeley with her husband and children.