Bronftalk: Cleaning, Mental Health and Passover

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00


No crumb left behind: Is this freedom?

Passover is the holiday of freedom, but it’s also the holiday of cleaning. Many Jews around the world will turn their homes upside down to rid their lives of chametz, and turn their homes (not their synagogue) into the focal point of Jewish practice with the Passover Seder. What are the implications of this intersection of traditional ritual, domestic focus and obsessive cleaning?

Join us for a conversation with a psychologist who uses cognitive behavioral therapy to treat OCD among other disorders, a professional organizer who helps people find order in their lives, and a memoirist who writes about domestic mess and order. They will bring personal experiences and professional expertise to bear on the (not so unique) problem of Jewish spring cleaning.



Tuesday, April 12th
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Dial in: 1-641-715-3580
Access code: 279-235
From Israel: Call +972 76-599-0034   Access code: 279-235
From Canada: Call 559-546-1400, when prompted enter (641) 715-3580, and then when prompted again, enter the access code: 279-235



Judy Batalion '94 is the author of WHITE WALLS: A MEMOIR ABOUT MOTHERHOOD, DAUGHTERHOOD, AND THE MESS IN BETWEEN (NAL/Penguin). A former columnist for the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, she has written about parenting, relationships, mental health, hoarding and even the dangers of decluttering for Vogue, the Washington Post, Salon, Cosmo, the Forward, Tablet, Redbook and many other publications.

Sarah Giller Nelson '92 is the owner of Less is More, a professional organizing company inspired by her passion for beauty and order. Less is More specializes in getting busy families organized. Before founding her company in 2010, Sarah spent 15 years as an art historian and curator. Sarah currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida with her husband and two children.


Dr. Tamar Gordon '92 is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive training in using CBT to treat a full range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, phobias, OCD, trauma, parenting issues, and insomnia. Dr. Gordon is an adjunct faculty member at both Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and Columbia University Teacher’s College. She spends most of her working time at her private practice in New York City, and most of her personal time raising her two rambunctious sons.