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Chaplain Deborah Schmidt

In 2010, Deborah realized how important it was for her to explore, actively and in-depth, what gave her life meaning, and she began a soul-journey. After having worked as a business lawyer for 25 years, she went back to school, earning an MA in Jewish Studies, a Certificate in Chaplaincy, and board certification from the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Association of Professional Chaplains. In addition, she completed training as a Spiritual Director. She was also trained as a practitioner of Reiki, an ancient art that is often helpful in spiritual counseling work. As chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and in the Los Angeles County jails, she provides spiritual support to those who need it most. Through her work with families and individuals on the precipice between life and death she’s learned how important it is to thoughtfully and articulately share our values with family members and close friends. Deborah started Sacred Conversations to guide other seekers and, to strengthen or explore what matters to them. Sacred Conversations also provides spiritual support to individuals and families as they share their beliefs and concerns about their end of life, and appoint a surrogate who can speak for them when they can no longer speak for themselves.

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April 2018

Mussar and Holy Listening: A Breakfast Club

Wednesday, April 25 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am
The Open Temple – Atelier Space, 1422 Electric Ave. Venice, 90291 United States + Google Map
Free

Join Rabbi Lori Shapiro and Chaplain Deborah Schmidt  for a tasty breakfest and an introduction to Mussar, a Jewish spiritual path and spiritual direction/spiritual companioning.  Participants will emerge with an understanding of the history and practice of the Mussar tradition - from ancient times to today - and apply concepts of Jewish Spiritual ethics and holy listening to personal practice.  Become a  regular Breakfast Club participant and engage in meditation, silence and reflective learning as interior inroads to the concepts…

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Beginning a Sacred Conversation about Our Values in End of Life Decision Making

Thursday, April 26 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Open Temple, 1422 Electric Ave. Venice, 90291 United States + Google Map
Free 8 tickets left

Eighty percent of Jewish adults believe it's important to talk about one's hopes, dreams, values and fears as they approach the latter phase of their lives.  However, only twenty percent have had a sacred conversation with a loved one, or designated power of attorney, about what is important to us.  How will our values help others speak for us when we cannot speak for ourselves? This workshop invites a small intimate group to have this conversation.  Trained facilitator Chaplain Deborah…

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