Thousands of Southern California participants expected at two week festival

LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Jewish leaders and community members will explore the connections between Jewish wisdom and wellness during a citywide “Festival of Learning” devoted to subjects including women’s health, end-of-life decisions, teen health, movement as a healing and many more.

Jewish Wisdom & Wellness: A Festival of Learning (April 15-29) is co-hosted by Cedars-Sinai and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Kalsman Institute on Judaism & Health. Rabbis, physicians, scholars, and community members will take part in more than 85 free lectures, classes, and workshops.

The Festival kicks off 4/15 with “Hear Her, Heal Her: A Jewish Conversation About Women’s Health.” a panel at Cedars-Sinai featuring three prominent Los Angeles rabbis, internationally known oncologist, Dr. Beth Karlan, and moderated by Madeleine Brand of KCRW’s “Press Play.” This deep and timely discussion will address issues of women’s health and healing and how they affect all people.

“People often don’t realize that Jewish tradition has so much to offer on essential topics that affect us.  We don’t need to look East for wisdom.  Our own tradition can help with stress and meditation, raising children as well as caring for our elders,” said Joel L. Kushner, PsyD, Kalsman Institute Director. “I am particularly excited about our offerings for parents and teens (straight and LGBTQ+) and for women from Orthodox to liberal traditions.”

“The idea that drives Jewish Wisdom & Wellness is that healing and spirituality are no longer confined to the periphery of Jewish life,” said Jonathan Schreiber, Cedars-Sinai’s director of community engagement.

Some festival offerings:

  • Death Over Dinner Jewish Ethical Wills Edition- IKAR
  • The Talk Project: Peer to Peer Conversations About Sexual Violence In Our Culture – NCJW
  • Women’s Mitzvot with Rabbanit Alissa – B’nai David-Judea Congregation
  • Working Through Fear and Anxiety Through Practicing Jewish Mindfulness – The Jewish Mindfulness Network
  • Leading to Forgone Conclusions: Mapping Our Dreams for Special Needs Adults
  • Parenting an LGBTQ+ Teen in the Age of Social Media – JQ International
  • T’Shuvah – A Jewish Response to the Opioid Epidemic- Beit T’Shuvah

For Festival videos click: Women’s Health, The Talk Project, Gratitude, Learning From Pain.

Additional information is available at

Media Contact: Susan Stone
HUC-JIR Kalsman Institute on Judaism & Health
Telephone: 323.229.2659       
E-mail: [email protected]

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