Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

BAJHC is dedicated to providing Jewish spiritual care and support services to those living with illness, to those caring for the ill, and to the bereaved.

Jewish healing and spiritual care can help us articulate the spiritual experience where ever and how ever one engages medical attention, from the hospital bed to the clinician’s office to one’s home. Jewish Spiritual Care also helps us define the human experiences in which spiritual yearning may come to the fore, such as when facing a difficult diagnosis or losing a loved one. We all know that whe

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Azkarah: Service of Remembrance - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center 05/21/2021

Azkarah: Service of Remembrance - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

Dear Healthcare workers, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Doctors, Nursing Home workers, Medical Social Workers, Hospital Envoironmental Services, Chaplains and all others in the health care field.
Please join us for an Azkarah, service of healing and memory, led by the rabbis of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, on Tuesday, May 25th, at 4:00- 4:30pm (Pacific Time).
This month’s Azkarah will focus on the losses experienced by those in our field during the pandemic. It will include ritual, music and other moments of nourishment.
Everyone is welcome, no particular religious knowledge or beliefs are expected. Closed captioning will be provided. This program is free. Registration is required. Please RSVP using the link below by 5:00 pm (Pacific time) on Monday, May 24th.
A link will be sent to all registered participants on the morning of the program.
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Azkarah: Service of Remembrance - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center Please join us for an Azkarah, service of healing and memory, led by the rabbis of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, on Tuesday, May 25th, at 4:00pm (Pacific Time).

Remembrance Circle for Jews of Color - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center 04/15/2021

Remembrance Circle for Jews of Color - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

Registration closes tonight!

Heal in community with Rabbi Mira Rivera and special JoC guests, including Arielle Korman, Tonda Case, and Kristin Eriko Posner. Commemorate both personal and collective loss brought on by the pandemic and the ongoing fight to survive in a white supremacist society in two events, held on April 15 and April 29. Supported by Jews of Color Initiative and hosted by the @Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

Remembrance Circle for Jews of Color - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center Please join us for two opportunities to mark grief in community with Jews of Color in this year of so many individual and community losses:

Healing, Humor and Hope - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center 04/08/2021

Healing, Humor and Hope - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

Please join us for a special virtual event to support the Bay Area Jewish Helaing Center on Healing, Humor and Hope, featuring special guests Dr BJ Miller, Mayim Bialik, and Dana Carvey. You don't want to miss this!

Healing, Humor and Hope - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center Please join us for an entertaining and inspirational evening where we may both laugh and shed a tear as we use Humor to find our way toward Healing and Hope.

Remembrance Circle for Jews of Color - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center 03/30/2021

Remembrance Circle for Jews of Color - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

Please join us for two circles of memory:
1) April 15, 2021 at 4:00 - 5:00pm PST (7:00-8:00pm EST) a Remembrance Circle for Jews of Color and our friends and families for Personal Loss guided by Rabbi Mira Rivera and special JOC guests including Tonda Case and Arielle Korman Music, hosted by Rabbi Elliot Kukla at the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. This program will offer support to Jews of Color and our intimate community, who are grieving personal losses during this time of heightened white supremacy and isolation. Come and be comforted in beloved community. The hour will include ritual and opportunity for small group discussion. This program is without cost and will be held virtually over Zoom. To attend please register at the thumbnail below by April 14th and a link will be sent to you the morning of the program. Closed captioning will be provided. We are grateful for the support of the Jews of Color Initiative which made this program possible.
2) April 29, 2021 at 4:00-5:00pm PST (7:00-8:00pm EST) please join us for a Remembrance Circle for Jews of Color with our Families and Allies Everywhere to Mark Collective Loss, a service of healing and memory with Rabbi Mira Rivera joined by JOC guests including Kristin Eriko Posner and Rabbi Elliot Kukla at the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. As the world passes 13 months of collective grief and disproportionate deaths of people of color, we will gather and be comforted in beloved community. The hour will include ritual and opportunity for discussion. This program is without cost and will be held virtually over Zoom. To attend please register below before April 28th and a link will be sent to you the morning of the program. Closed captioning will be provided. We are grateful for the support of the Jews of Color Initiative which made this program possible.

You are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

Remembrance Circle for Jews of Color - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center Please join us for two opportunities to mark grief in community with Jews of Color in this year of so many individual and community losses:

Healing, Humor and Hope 03/05/2021

Healing, Humor and Hope

An Evening of Healing, Humor and Hope
A virtual community fundraiser
May 2, 2021 5:00PM
Reception begins at 4:30pm

A 1-hour program with author, BJ Miller, M.D., in conversation with our Rabbi Eric Weiss. Special appearances by Mayim Bialik and guest comedians, with stories of hope and healing. We will also honor former Board Members Lenore Bleadon, Nancy Boughey, and Susan Moldaw. Please visit our website to purchase tickets and for more information on sponsorship opportunities: https://jewishhealingcenter.org. No one will be turned away for lack of funds!

Healing, Humor and Hope

Azkarah: Service of Remembrance - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center 02/22/2021

Azkarah: Service of Remembrance - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

Azkarah Service, February 23, 2020
Please join us for an Azkarah, service of healing and memory, led by the rabbis of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center on February 23 at 4:00 pm. This program will offer comfort and support to anyone mourning the deaths of individual people in our lives, or grieving the communal losses of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Azkarah gives an opportunity to honor our loved ones, acknowledge communal and global suffering, reflect on the year of pandemic, and be comforted by our community. It will include ritual and opportunity for discussion. Everyone is welcome, no religious knowledge or beliefs expected. Closed captioning will be provided. This program is free, however, registration is required. Use this Azkarah link to register by 5:00 pm on February 22. A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants on Tuesday morning February 23. https://jewishhealingcenter.org/here-for-you/azkarah/

Azkarah: Service of Remembrance - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center Please join us for an Azkarah, service of healing and memory, led by the rabbis of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, on Tuesday, February 23rd, at 4:00pm. This program will offer comfort and support to people grieving global, existential losses as well as people mourning the loss of a human being....

02/09/2021

We are currently forming an Intergenerational Bereavement Spiritual Support Group as a collaboration between the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and Beyer Square at the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living. Grieving during the Covid-19 pandemic is particularly isolating, and we are often unable to access intergenerational spaces for wisdom, connection, and healing. This group will provide a supportive context with a spiritual framing, where we can meet each other empathetically in a non-judgmental space. This is a closed group with limited space. To foster an inter-generational community with the elders at the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living, we have more spots available for younger mourners around age 18-45 years old. However, we will have room for a few older participants so please return the attached registration form or reach out soon if you are over 45 and interested.

This group will run from March 12-May 7, Fridays 10am-11:30am, by Zoom. It is for anyone grieving a human being, with any loss, at any point in the grief journey. No Jewish knowledge or identification is required. Pre-registration is required, and we will not be able to accommodate drop-ins. To register email back the attached registration form and I will be in touch to schedule an intake conversation or for more information please contact Rabbi Elliot Kukla at: [email protected].

01/07/2021

Calling all #JewsofColor! Our friends at the @JewsofColorInitiative commissioned a study, housed at Stanford, to understand the experiences and perspectives of #JewsofColor in the United States. If you’re a Jew of Color, what has been your experience in Jewish communities? How do you think about Jewish identity? How has systemic racism affected you in Jewish spaces? Click below to answer these and other questions in the #CountMeIn study at JoCsurvey.org. The goal is to have 1,000 survey participants! #JoCsurvey

jewishhealingcenter.org 12/10/2020

Azkarah: Service of Remembrance - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

This past week has been one of the deadliest in US history and there is a startling absence of communal memory. Please join us b Zoom on Thursday Dec 17th at 4pm, for an Azkarah, service of memory to mark communal, as well as personal losses with ritual, discussion, and Chanukah candle lighting. Everyone is welcome! No religious background or beliefs expected. Closed captioning will be avaialble. This event is free, but registration is required.
https://jewishhealingcenter.org/here-for-you/azkarah/?hilite=%27Azkarah%27

jewishhealingcenter.org Please join us for an Azkarah, service of healing and memory, led by the rabbis of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, on Thursday, December 17, at 4:00pm. This program will offer comfort and support to people grieving global, existential losses as well as people mourning the loss of a human being.....

jewishhealingcenter.org 11/24/2020

Azkarah: Service of Remembrance - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

Please join us for an Azkarah, service of healing and memory, led by the rabbis of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center on December 4 at 12:30 pm. This program will offer comfort and support to people grieving the loss of a human being. The Azkarah gives an opportunity to honor our loved ones, acknowledge communal and global suffering and be comforted by our community. It will include ritual and small group discussion. Everyone is welcome, no religious knowledge or beliefs expected. Live closed captioning will be provided. This program is free, however, registration is required. Register by 5:00 pm on December 3. A zoom link will be sent to all registered participants on Friday morning December 4.
https://jewishhealingcenter.org/here-for-you/azkarah/

jewishhealingcenter.org Please join us for an Azkarah, service of healing and memory, led by the rabbis of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, on Friday, December 4, at 12:30pm. This program will offer comfort and support to people grieving the loss of a human being. The Azkarah gives us an opportunity to honor our loved o...

08/15/2020

Central Conference of American Rabbis

Shabbat Nachamu is a time for comfort and hope, beginning our seven-week journey from Tishah B’av to Rosh Hashanah. Rabbi Eric Weiss of Bay Area Jewish Healing Center offers this prayer for healing from his CCAR Press book, "Mishkan R’fuah: Where Healing Resides." May it comfort us when we feel broken or lost. Shabbat Shalom.

covidgriefnetwork.org 07/17/2020

Home - COVID Grief Network

In this moment of revolution and pandemic - and as the US is beginning to open things up in varying degrees this summer - I want to be sure everyone knows how to be connected to the COVID Grief Network. Spread the word to your communities, and share this post!

https://www.covidgriefnetwork.org/

The COVID Grief Network connects young adults who are grieving the illness or death of someone close to COVID-19 to free emotional and spiritual support--and to each other. Our mission is to undo isolation for young adults grieving in the midst of this crisis.

covidgriefnetwork.org Get connected to a community of young adults who know what it’s like, and free one-on-one support from a volunteer grief worker.

04/23/2020

Pandemic response - Chesed (loving kindness)

Thank you for joining us over these past several weeks. We hope you will enjoy this gift from us. Please click on this soothing video meditation. You may want to settle in at your screen, close your eyes and just listen, or you may want to grab a cup of coffee and let your eyes go into soft focus.

Here is Rabbi Natan Fenner:

Spiritual care resources in times of pandemic: Rabbi Natan Fenner of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center shares reflections addressing pain, fear, anxiety and...

thespinoff.co.nz 03/10/2020

thespinoff.co.nz

Don’t panic, but be mindful. Help flatten the curve.

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01/12/2020

Grief care

12/17/2019

Is there someone missing from your life right now? Being with other people in grief can help.

Bereavement Spiritual Support Group in Formation
Fridays, 12-1:30pm, Feb 14-April 3, 2020
Kehilla Community Synagogue, hosted by the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

This group will provide a supportive, non-judgmental context with a spiritual framing for anyone who has lost a human being. All types of loss are welcome, as well as all genders and family relationships. No Jewish knowledge or identification is required. The space is wheelchair accessible and low-scent, please be in touch if you have other access needs. Pre-registration is required, and we will not be able to accommodate drop-ins.

To register, or for more information, please contact Rabbi Elliot Kukla, [email protected]

forward.com 11/05/2019

Sh'ma Now

After 50 years Shma Now Journal of Jewish Thought ends publication with this final issue on “numbering our days” with essays on dying and endings from BAJHC rabbi Elliot Rose as well as Rabbi David Ellenson @alice shalvi and more.

forward.com In depth opinions and conversations on issues important to contemporary Jews and Judaism.

letsreimagine.org 09/25/2019

The Art of End of Life Care: A Retrospective Conversation

We are so excited to be a part of creating this important event. Please join us!

letsreimagine.org A retrospective conversation on the history of end-of-life care in San Francisco, ranging from the AIDS epidemic, q***r history, the impact of race and gender, spirituality, and the role of the arts.

08/29/2019
brightvibes.com 07/19/2019

Dutch supermarket introduces a unique "Chat Checkout" to help fight loneliness

brightvibes.com At the Dutch Jumbo Supermarket in Vlijmen they help fight loneliness amongst the elderly with a Chatter Checkout and special Coffee Corner

07/10/2019

Grief and Growing™ - Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

re you missing someone right now? A weekend surrounded by loving grief care support with others who have expereinced a loss will help at our 23rd annual Grief and Frowing Weekend. People of all genders, religions, races, family constellations, and disabilities encouraged to join us. We have childcare, bodywork, massage, nature, music, and more. No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds

jewishhealingcenter.org Grief and Growing™: A Healing Weekend for Bereaved Individuals and Families August 23-25, 2019 “It is incredible to have that time and space to be where we are at, knowing our kids are in loving hands and that there are people who care. It’s hard not to have this more often in my grief, but .....

teenvogue.com 05/22/2019

Talking Out Loud to a Dead Loved One Is Actually Good for You

“Speaking out loud to a loved one who has passed — whether at a grave site or out loud at home — is helpful for many people processing grief,” Dr. Alison Forti, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University, told Teen Vogue. “I will sometimes encourage my clients to speak to an empty chair in an effort to help them cope with grief. Many people will experience a sense of disbelief after they lose a loved one. By encouraging people to speak out loud to their loved one it helps them resolve that disbelief.”

teenvogue.com And it's totally normal.

04/27/2019

Vegetable Gardening

Oliver Sacks: "In 40 years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical “therapy” to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens."

standard.co.uk 03/21/2019

I’m a mess 14 months after my son’s death, says Rob Delaney

“The reason I’m being honest with you and not trying to impress you, and make you think I’m cool or that I’m a tough guy, or maybe working through loss in an inspiring way, is that I have found that if a bereaved parent or bereaved sibling reads this, I want them to know that it’s okay that they feel terrible, sad, confused and so brutally humbled.

standard.co.uk Catastrophe star Rob Delaney says he is still “a mess” after the death of his two-year-old son Henry and that coping with the loss is a “life-time work in progress”. The toddler died from a brain tumour in January last year. US actor and writer Delaney, who lives in London, said: “I’m ....

nytimes.com 03/04/2019

Understanding Grief

nytimes.com Grief is not a problem to be solved or resolved. Rather, it’s a process to be lived through in whatever form and amount of time it may take.

02/11/2019

“We often think of grief as primarily emotional, but grief is a full-body, full-mind experience. You’re not just missing the one you’ve lost; your entire physiological system is reacting, too.

Studies in neurobiology show that losing someone close to us changes our biochemistry: there are actual physical reasons for your insomnia, your exhaustion, and your racing heart.”

#refugeingrief #itsokthatyourenotok #grief #griefsupport #griefrevolution #grief #loss #aftermath #griefsymptoms #lifeafterloss

We often think of grief as primarily emotional, but grief is a full-body, full-mind experience. You’re not just missing the one you’ve lost; your entire physiological system is reacting, too.

Studies in neurobiology show that losing someone close to us changes our biochemistry: there are actual physical reasons for your insomnia, your exhaustion, and your racing heart.

#refugeingrief #itsokthatyourenotok #grief #griefsupport #griefrevolution #grief #loss #aftermath #griefsymptoms #lifeafterloss

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