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July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

Jewish Woman’s Suicide Spotlights Maryland Rabbi’s Recovery ‘Sanctuary’

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Rabbi Shimon Grady (pictured in center) dances with community members at the "sanctuary" he leads on Maryland's lower eastern shore. Photo: Courtesy Rabbi Shimon Grady.

Rabbi Shimon Grady (pictured in center) dances with community members at the “sanctuary” he leads on Maryland’s lower eastern shore. Photo: Courtesy Rabbi Shimon Grady.

JNS.org –  The recent suicide of 30-year-old Jewish woman Faigy Mayer in Manhattan has spotlighted the unique efforts of a Maryland-based rabbi who provides a supportive environment to young adults with life stories just like Mayer’s.

Phil Jacobs wrote this piece for the Jewish Link of New Jersey that profiles the community house of Rabbi Shimon Grady in Pocomoke City, Md. The secluded house on Maryland’s lower eastern shore—which the article’s headline describes as “A Remote Sanctuary to Save Jewish Souls”—is home to many Jews who left their strictly observant hassidic or haredi Jewish upbringings, as Mayer did.

In particular, Mayer’s close friend, identified in the Jewish Link story as “Rochelle P.,” spent time healing at Grady’s community house last summer.

Grady estimates that about 10 young adults have committed suicide in recent years because they couldn’t find their place in family or religion.

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“The girls and boys have no feeling of hope,” he said. “They run from Orthodox, but then they find out that the outside world is empty for their souls. There is nothing out there for them as they try to survive the NYC life. And their friends are also trying to survive. And that’s a problem, because they are so conflicted and sad that they don’t have much room in their hearts to really help one another.”

Read the full article here. 

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  • Shalom

    Pocomoke is very relaxed and sweet friendly place next to the historic river.
    We love it here. And we would love to be able to grow there.
    This is the time to move to Pocomoke, great place to check it out!

  • michael

    Welcome Brothers and Sisters to Pocomoke,

    As a minority community we hope to throw the chains
    of bigotry and racism against any sex, or religion, and have a live and let live mores.

    Right now we are going through some adjustments do to
    differing political views, but our citizens are peaceful
    and expressive in their views.

    This is a great place to live !