First Fridays at Bonai features…
“The Taste of Air” with Karyn and Richard Schad – Friday, February 1st, 6:45 pm
Join long time Bonai Shalom members Karyn and Rich Schad as they share their extraordinary, painful, and inspiring journey together, recently published in the memoir “The Taste of Air.” Karyn was diagnosed with a rare lung disease in 1999 and received new lungs a decade later on their 40th wedding anniversary. Come listen to their personal story of living life with hope.
In 1999, Karyn Schad became the two-hundreth woman in the world to be diagnosed with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare disease that mainly affects women of childbearing age. Muscle-like cells grew out of control in her lungs, stealing her breath away. She lived with the disease until finally receiving the gift of life, her new lungs on May 17, 2009, delivering her from the foggy line where life rubs shoulders with death. On their wedding day forty years before, neither Karyn nor Richard could possibly have foreseen the tremendous trial in their future. Together, they found the courage to brave LAM, and are truly grateful for the wisdom they’ve gained. In this memoir, Richard shares their story, combining his recollection of events with Karyn’s diary entries. He considers the joy they have now and the lessons they have learned from the experience–how it opened their eyes to the beauty surrounding them. Although the disease exploded in Karyn’s body, it never touched her heart, and that’s where hope lives.
Services begin at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:45 pm (please note change in times). Reservations for this dinner must be made in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner is $15 per adult, $12 per child (under 13 years old), $50 maximum per family. If you would like wine with your dinner, it is BYOB (Kosher only. Please label your wine with your name unless you plan to share.)
Want to buy the book in advance? Call the Bonai Shalom office.
Upcoming First Fridays:
March 1 – Dina Danon – Jews under Islam
April 5 – Rabbi Steve Greenberg – Creating Inclusive Community
May 3 – Dr. Caryn Aviv