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Three March Programs at the Boulder JCC Focus on Life and Death

March, the saying goes, comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Is this a metaphor for life? How do we live our life, and how do we end it?

At the JCC this March, by pure serendipity, three programs examine aspects of these fundamental questions of life and death. All of these community programs are at the Boulder JCC.

Rabbi Shais Taub

 The Connection Between Addiction and Spirituality – Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 pm

Rabbi Shais Taub, the nationally known speaker and author of “God of Our Understanding” and popular Huffington Post contributor will discuss “The Connection Between Addiction and Spirituality,” including substance abuse, toxic relationships, and negative thinking.  Part of the inclusion conversation in Boulder, the program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Atul Gawande

Being Mortal – Thursday, March 2, 7:00 pm

Dr. Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” has caused a surprise sensation among avid readers by facilitating a conversation about death and dying. This Jewish Family Service program includes a screening of a new Frontline report on the book, followed by a panel discussion with Rabbi Marc Soloway (Bonai Shalom), Kim Mooney (Thanatologist), Phyliss Coletta (the Conversation Project). Register HERE for this free event.

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

Sacred Transition: Jewish Approaches to Death and Dying – Sunday, March 5, 6:30 pm

Haver sponsors a talk, “Sacred Transition: Jewish Approaches to Death and Dying,” in honor of Boulder’s Chevra Kadisha. Come and learn from some of our local Rabbis, including Tirzah Firestone, as they teach time-honored Jewish customs and perspectives regarding death and dying. Hear from local funeral directors about what Boulder now offers and about our Boulder community’s Sacred Burial Society, the Chevra Kadisha, which was founded in 1995 and has tended hundreds of families, providing dignified care for their loved ones.

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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