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May 3, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
BE A PART, NOT APART
Join us on Sunday, May 3rd for LimmudBoston’s eFestival to explore some of Judaism’s most interesting and profound ideas.
Featuring three rabbis and rabbinical students who are members of the LimmudBoston Board of Directors, our eFestival will address “Jewish responses to life in unsettling times.”
Whether you are able to attend one, two, or all three sessions, you are invited to sign up now. Only those who register will receive a Zoom link to attend the eFest.
We hope you are keeping well and safe during these uncertain times.
While practicing social distancing, you can still be an important part of your LimmudBoston community!
Join us for our eFestival bringing you some of the most interesting and significant Jewish ideas today. Connect with Jewish community, cultivate your curiosity and expand your horizons, all from the comfort of your home.
Sunday, May 3 from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Featuring rabbis and rabbinical students who are members
of the LimmudBoston Board of Directors.
Finding your path…
Jewish Responses to Life in Unsettling Times
10:00 am – Blessing Hard Times: What Mishnah Berachot teaches about patience, endurance and gratitude
In this interactive session, we will look into the Talmud to study selections from Mishnah Berachot, which may be familiar to those who have been doing – or hearing about – Daf Yomi (daily Talmud study). We will look at a handful of mishnayot (in English) through the lens of personal and communal hardship and discuss how the wisdom they contain might also apply to our present situation — both personal and communal.
Naomi Gurt Lind has been an opera singer, a synagogue executive, and a stay-at-home mother. In September she started school at Hebrew College in pursuit of her long-held dream of becoming a rabbi. In her free time, she hangs out with her husband and their two genius boys, solves crossword puzzles (in pencil), and bakes a legendary challah.
11:10 am – Finding Order in a Pick-Up-Sticks World with Mussar
The virus has played the old children’s game of Pick Up Sticks with our daily routines. All our schedules have been suddenly turned upside down. In this session, we will explore how the Mussar middah (trait) of seder/order can help us manage our time, spaces, and mental health during this time. We will study texts and spiritual practices. No prior knowledge is needed. Open to beginners and advanced Mussarniks.
Marcia Plumb is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Brookline. She has studied and taught Mussar for over 25 years, and is working to embed Mussar into all aspects of her synagogue. She teaches several classes at Mishkan Tefila and throughout Boston, as well as online internationally. Marcia lives in Needham with her husband and two children.
12:20 pm – Jewish End-of-Life Decision Making
How can Jewish texts and traditions guide us as we face dilemmas of end-of-life decision making in our modern world? In addition to exploring this question, we’ll talk about documents everyone should have, along with ways to have conversations about our wishes for medical treatment at the end of life or in the face of a terminal condition.
Julie Wolkoff is a hospice chaplain with BI Lahey Health @ Home – Watertown and has been a hospice chaplain for over 12 years. She received her rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR in 1982 and her Doctor of Ministry degree in 1996 and Certification in Thanatology (the study of death, dying, and Bereavement) from the Association for Death Education and Counseling in 2010. She previously served as the Director of Chaplaincy Services for the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.
There is no cost for registering but everyone needs to sign up, whether you’re interested in one, two, or all three sessions. Those who register will receive a Zoom link for the entire eFestival. For security reasons, no one will be able to receive a link without pre-registering.
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