Episode 79: Dr. Esther Altmann: Eating Disorders, Jewish Orthodox Individuals, and their Families

Today, Kathy is joined by Dr. Esther Altmann and their topic is considerations in the treatment of eating disorders for the Orthodox Jewish individual and their family. Dr. Altmann discusses the Sabbath, Kosher laws, fast days, and how treatment differs from other populations but is also the same.

Important links from the episode:

Kosher 101 handout


Esther Altmann, Ph.D., is the Director of Pastoral Education at Yeshivat Maharat, a rabbinical school that ordains Orthodox female clergy, and is a clinical psychologist in private practice. Dr. Altmann has expertise in adolescent development, eating disorders, ADHD, and female cancers. She specializes in marital and family therapy and enjoys working with adults across the lifespan.

Dr. Altmann has been on the teaching faculties of New York University, Adelphi University and YCT Rabbinical School. She has also served as a supervising psychologist at several New York City hospitals. Dr. Altmann consults to schools and communities on eating disorders, and writes and lectures on mental health topics.

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