A Single Soul

“Whoever preserves a single soul, it is as though she had preserved a whole world.”

—the Talmud


A Single Soul works to prevent suicide by providing critical training to professionals who work directly with teens, including the professionals at Jewish Family Service. Equipped with the right tools, these community members will be able to assist those contemplating suicide, as well as their loved ones. A Single Soul is the vision of Rabbi Daniel Syme, Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Beth El, who has brought a lifetime of unending passion to raising awareness of this prevalent and urgent issue.

JFS had a special screening of The S Word with proceeds going to support A Single Soul. Click here to view photos.




This half-day alertness training prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Participants will learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help

For more information, contact Shevy Zigdon @ 248.406.0076 or szigdon@jfsdetroit.org

This is a two-day interactive workshop that teaches how to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and how to work with them to keep them safe. This free training is open to anyone 16 or older.

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand how personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance to a person at risk in ways that meet their safety needs
  • Identify key elements of an effective safety plan as well as how to implement it

For more information, contact Shevy Zigdon at 248.406.0076 or szigdon@jfsdetroit.org.


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