Kosher ADHD: Surviving and Thriving in The Torah-Observant World

Kosher ADHD offers a practical yet creative approach how to transform the chaos of ADHD into a fulfilling Torah-observant lifestyle. Synthesizing Jewish insight and sensitivities with contemporary psychological theories and research, Drs. Chesner and Markowitz provide all who struggle with ADHD – parents, teachers, children, adults, and therapists – with structured guidelines to empower the ADHD individual to thrive personally, and within the family, school, and community. It includes detailed strategies for how someone with ADHD can overcome difficulties with prayer, Shabbat, Torah study, and other central aspects of Judaism. This book is a revolution in guidance for Jewish families living a Torah-based life and struggling with the challenges of ADHD.

About the Authors

Dr. Simcha Chesner founded and directed the Bnei Chayil Yeshivot in Israel for adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and associated disorders. He published three books in Hebrew for children and adults with ADHD and he directed clinical services for the Idud National Program for ADHD of the Brookdale Institute and JDC.  He currently lectures and supervises MA students in special education and psychology at Orot Teachers College and is the Executive Director of the Israel Academy of Social and Emotional Learning.  Dr. Chesner received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University where he was awarded the David Hudson Fellowship for excellence in scholarship and citizenship. He received his undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University.  In 1991, Dr. Chesner made Aliyah with his wife, Dr. Rachel Chesner.  For the past three decades, they have lived in Israel with their children and grandchildren.

Dr. Sara Markowitz,Ph.D. has achieved an incredible amount, in large part due to her personal “ADHD” superpowers.  In addition to obtaining a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Farleigh Dickinson University, Dr. Markowitz is the founding director of an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Jewish Women at Achieve Behavioral Health, the largest behavioral health center serving the greater Jewish community. Dr. Markowitz continues to develop curriculum and measure clinical outcome research for ADHD parenting groups and integration of ADHD individuals within the Jewish community.  She has developed curricula, currently utilized in schools and families focusing on overcoming challenges of multiple origins.

In addition to her formal professional activities, Dr. Markowitz is a mother to five awesome children and is the Rebbetzin of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Fairlawn, New Jersey.

Kosher ADHD: Surviving and Thriving in The Torah-Observant WorldPublisher: Kodesh Press, November 15, 2023,309 pgs.Price: USD: $19.95, ISBN: 979-8-88894-019-8

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