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Jewish Wisdom and Wellness: A Week of Learning » » About
  • The Week of Learning is an interdisciplinary community-wide series of events, lectures, and experiential classes hosted across the streams of Jewish life by community organizations and synagogues throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. The week opens and concludes with special events hosted by the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health of Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion and Cedars-Sinai.

    Programs will mine Jewish tradition focusing on improving health, well-being and healing in the Jewish community. It will be a festival of engaged discussion, wisdom from our sages and physical practice that draws on Judaism’s rich and distinctively multifaceted influences in religion, spirituality, culture, and peoplehood.

     

    ABOUT KALSMAN
    In the connections between Judaism and health, the Kalsman Institute of HUC-JIR is a catalyst for interaction, discussions and partnerships among spiritual leaders, healthcare providers, and Jewish community professionals and members. Kalsman provides pastoral education to future Reform leaders on the Los Angeles HUC-JIR campus. Conferences and workshops convened and co-sponsored by Kalsman generate ideas and projects on Jewish spirituality and healing, bioethics, illness and wellness, and the health of the healthcare system. Through an international network of nearly 3000 Kalsman Partners, the Institute makes positive contributions to Jewish thought and practice through training, collaboration and dialogue.

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    ABOUT CEDARS-SINAI
    Cedars-Sinai is known for providing the highest quality medical care.  Its dedication to excellence, compassion and innovation is rooted in the Judaic tradition and its devotion to the art and science of healing, which informs every aspect of Cedars-Sinai’s four-fold mission:

    • Leadership and excellence in delivering quality healthcare services
    • Expanding the horizons of medical knowledge through biomedical research
    • Educating and training physicians and other healthcare professionals
    • Striving to improve the health status of the community

    Physicians and scientists at Cedars-Sinai are engaged in basic and clinical research to bring medical advancements directly from the laboratory to the bedside.  As the largest academic medical center in the western United States, Cedars-Sinai is also training the next generation of physicians, researchers and allied health professionals.

    A commitment to meeting the community’s health needs has been a defining quality of Cedars-Sinai since the beginning – from the opening of the 12-bed Kaspare Cohn Hospital in Angelino Heights in 1902 to what is now a world-renowned, academic medical center with 923 licensed beds.

    Cedars-Sinai is rooted in the fabric of Los Angeles and the Jewish Community.   Cedars-Sinai provides over $600 million annually toward community benefit and health services for the underserved.  As a nonprofit, this is a part of Cedars-Sinai’s mission and responsibility to the community and it’s how Cedars-Sinai expresses it’s Jewish values. Each year dozens of vibrant Jewish organizations including synagogues, social service agencies and leading educational institutions join with Cedars-Sinai in improving care and providing services through our local community.  Partnering with the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health by co-sponsoring  Jewish Wisdom and Wellness:  A Week of Learning is just one way for Cedars-Sinai to engage the community and fulfill our mission.

     

    COMMITTEE

    COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS

    Sue Neuman Hochberg – Chair
    Rabbi Brad Artson
    Bruce Corwin
    Rabbi Ken Chasen
    Rabbi Elliot Dorff
    Rabbi Lisa Edwards
    Rabbi Ed Feinstein
    Rabbi Karen Fox
    Cheryl Friedman
    Rochelle Ginsburg
    Paul H. Goldstein
    Rabbi Don Goor
    Ginger Jacobs
    Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky
    Susan Kaplow
    Rabbi Frederick L Klein
    Rabbi Doug Kohn
    Rabbi Steven Moskowitz
    Rabbi Jan Offel
    Cantor Steven Puzarne
    Elyse Salend
    Sharona Silverman
    Gary Schaffel
    Rabbi Zachary Shapiro
    Rabbi Arinna Shelby
    Robin Siegal
    Rabbi Rachel Timoner
    Sally Weber

    SPONSORS

    CEDARS-SINAI

    Rabbi Sarah Barukh
    Stuart Finder, PhD
    Sharon Friedman
    Jonathan Schreiber
    Leslie Stricke, MD
    Sam Torbati, MD
    Paula Van Gelder
    Rabbi Jason Weiner

    HEBREW-UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION

    Rabbi William Cutter
    Yael Green
    Josh Holo, PhD
    Joel L. Kushner, PsyD
    Michele Prince
    Scarlet Newman-Thomas
    Cathee Weiss

    HONORARY COMMITTEE

    Rabbi David Ellenson
    Rabbi Rick Jacobs
    Alexandra Levine, MD
    Stuart Finder, PhD
    Sharon Friedman
    Jonathan Schreiber
    Leslie Stricke, MD
    Sam Torbati, MD
    Paula Van Gelder
    Rabbi Jason Weiner

    SPECIAL COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP BY

    The Angell Foundation
    The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation
    Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary

    Yael Green
    Josh Holo, PhD
    Joel L. Kushner, PsyD
    Michele Prince
    Scarlet Newman-Thomas
    Rhoda Weisman
    Cathee Weiss