Jewish leaders and members to explore link between Jewish wisdom and wellness

Published on April 22, 2013 at 8:10 AM · No Comments

Jewish leaders and members of the public will explore the connections between Jewish wisdom and wellness during a community-wide "week of learning" devoted to a variety of notable subjects, including the influence of Jewish tradition on end-of-life decisions, yoga as a healing art and the Jewish perspective on organ transplantation.

The Jewish Wisdom & Wellness week, April 21-27, is co-hosted by Cedars-Sinai and the Kalsman Institute on Judaism & Health, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbis, physicians, scholars, musicians and others will take part in more than 60 lectures, classes, musical performances and art exhibits across a broad stream of Jewish thought and practice. The events -- highlighting important themes around wisdom, prayer, family and community -- will be held at Cedars-Sinai, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, synagogues, college campuses and other locations throughout the Los Angeles region.

"We want to tap into the deep well of Jewish wisdom and use it as a lens to show how it can inform and help heal our bodies and spirits," said Joel L. Kushner, PsyD, interim director of the Kalsman Institute.

The week kicks off Sunday evening with a panel discussion at Cedars-Sinai by four prominent Los Angeles rabbis, some of whom have endured personal health crises, about the ways Judaism can help people weather difficult medical and spiritual situations. Other presentations or events include:

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