Exclusive Screening of OHELâ€™s Rising from Divorce Film Draws Large Crowd and Much Emotions
A large group of divorced women from Chassidic Williamsburg and Boro Park to Yeshivish communities, attended an exclusive screening for Sister to Sister members, which was generously hosted by the JCC of Marine Park.
OHELâ€™s groundbreaking film drew welcome applause, and many felt that the acute challenges faced especially by women of divorce were still unknown, and unappreciated by most in the community.
The screening was followed by an insightful and engaging panel discussion with Dr. Hindie M. Klein, OHELâ€™s Director of Clinical Projects and Dr. Mark Banshek, both featured in the film.
While the film has been screened in hundreds of locations and seen by thousand, this was the first time screening for just a closed group of divorced women. Many of the women in attendance asked difficult and poignant question that raised the profound and many challenges they and their children face in the community
Yehudis Robinson from Sister to Sister commented that â€śI believe the women felt validated, heard, and came away with much chizuk.â€ť
The questions, the depth of the issues raised cut to the very raison d'ĂŞtre of OHELâ€™s Rising from Divorce initiative.
A chief objective of the film is to raise awareness and empower the especially non-divorced members of the community - friends, educators, Rabbinic leaders - with the different responsibilities and tools they can utilize to help better ensure that parents of divorce and children of divorce can better thrive in the home, the school, the synagogue and the community.
Derek Saker, OHELâ€™s Director of Communications and Executive Producer of the film remarked that â€śthis unique screening for just divorced women where we heard their pain and challenges, drove home ever more the communal imperative for individuals to step forward to better help single parents and children of divorce in the community.â€ť
For more information, to see the trailer or host a screening of the film in your community please visit http://www.ohelfamily.org/risingfromdivorce