"A beautiful, haunting narrative... metaphorical, lyrical, and poignant."

Fred Rabinowitz

Past-President of the American Psychological Association's Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity

Jerusalem's Lonely Fathers:

Of Empathy, Masculinity, and Faith

Jerusalem’s Lonely Fathers: Of Empathy, Masculinity, and Faith introduces readers to an unfamiliar community whose men struggle to avoid loneliness while pursuing virtuous lives.


In these stories about group therapy, men learn about themselves from understanding each other, while their spirits become restored from reciprocal disclosures and appeals.

The notion of collective learning fits well with Jewish principles of mutual responsibility, just as the possibility of cooperative healing is suitable for every culture and way of life.

This manuscript is inspired by Mendel’s experiences as an Orthodox Jewish educator and psychotherapist. As an individual, group, and couples therapist, Mendel has helped adults and children to become more self-aware and capable of meeting their life challenges. Training in child-centered play therapy and the treatment of domestic violence contribute to his informed perspective on family dynamics.

Mendel’s culturally sensitive workshops integrate teaching and group therapy to affect behavioral change in emotionally isolated men. Mendel encourages these men to take emotional risks, to be courageous in self-disclosure, and to identify with others in need.

Originally from New York City, Mendel today lives in Jerusalem with his wife and five children. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post, JTA, Forward, Jewish Journal, Jewish Observer, Ami, and Mishpacha, among other publications.


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Israel 050.709.4809

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