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Join long time Bonai Shalom members Karyn and Rich Schad as they share their extraordinary, painful, and inspiring journey together.

First Friday with the Schads at Bonai Shalom

Bonai ShalomFirst 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 info@bonaishalom.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

About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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