A Survivor Day for  people affected by suicide loss was created by an act of Congress in 1999 and since then held throughout the U.S. and around the world on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which this year is Saturday, Nov. 19. The goal is to provide comfort as well as building  community and connection, according to Sandra Goldmeer, area director of the Capital Region NY chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

For those who are unable to attend due to Jewish religious observance, “ISOSL Day – Through Jewish Lens” to be held “virtually” via Zoom from noon – 2 p.m.  EST on Sunday, Nov. 20 has been organized. It will also be at 7 p.m. in Israel.

Goldmeer will facilitate the Sunday program.

Other “virtual” events in conjunction with the International Survivors of Suicide Day happening on Sunday, Nov 20, may be found on the website afsp.org/SurvivorDay.

Details on the “Jewish Lens” program may be obtained by calling 518-791-1544 or e-mailing [email protected].

 “Suicide touches one in five American families. By connecting and coming together, we will keep going in the fight to stop suicide. Together, we send the message that you are never alone, that healing is possible, and when we connect, we create hope. Together we keep going,” said  Goldmeer.