25 2024

The Mourner's Path: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s Heartache

5:00PM - 6:30PM  

The Mourner's Path: 

Ancient Wisdom for Today’s Heartache

February 25, 2024

5:00-6:30pm Hawai’i Time—7:00-8:30pm Pacific Time

                                 Zoom Link:   https://bit.ly/3RnY8B5


In times of turmoil, we are held together by the wisdom of our tradition that is embedded in our rituals. While it is not possible to know what the Jewish community will be experiencing when we meet in February, we will look to the intelligence that has assured our resilience through the ebbs and flows of our history.  We will explore the Mourner's Path that existed in the time of The Temple in Jerusalem as well as a contemporary understanding of the journey through the wilderness of loss. Using holy Hebrew words to reframe our understanding of the tasks and stages of grief, we will traverse the landscape of loss and visit the places in which mourners must dwell in order to do the holy work prescribed by Psalms and "turn mourning into dancing." 

Rabbi Anne Brener, LCSW, is an author, psychotherapist, and spiritual director, specializing in grief and healing. Professor of Ritual and Spiritual Development at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, where she trains Rabbinic, Cantorial and Chaplaincy students. She is the author of the acclaimed Mourning & Mitzvah: Walking the Mourner's Path (Jewish Lights), now in its third edition, and has published widely on grief, healing, and spirituality. She works to de-pathologize the language we use to discuss normal life transitions that should be met with ritual and community response. 


Mahalo Nui Loa & Todah Rabbah to Our Co-Sponsors:

Temple Sinai, Oakland, CA • Mendocino Coast Jewish Community Chevrah Kadisha

Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, CA • Congregation Netivot Shalom. Berkeley, CA

Chevra Kavod HaMet, Portland, OR • Temple Beth Hatfiloh, Olympia, WA

Chevra Kadisha of Temple Beth Israel, Eugene, OR

Temple Beth El Jewish Community Center & Santa Cruz Community Chevra Kadssha