From Caring Community to Sacred Fellowship
A Shabbaton with Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips
October 26-28, 2018
We are taught that the world stands on a tripod of study, worship, and caring actions. When our Jewish communities run on the two legs of study and worship, the third leg of caring is often shortened. Yet this third leg is the only one that can support us reliably “on one foot.” How can we show up and accompany each other through the full range of life transitions—while keeping our own balance? Join Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips as we discover a renewed equilibrium that integrates kindness and justice for these challenging times. Rabbi Regina will weave together classical texts, music and discussion to address themes of what it means to create caring community at different moments of the life cycle.
Friday, October 26:
Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:15 pm: “Accompanying Each Other: Lifelong Levayah” - How principles derived from this week's Torah portion can guide us through life's challenges—especially our ultimate ones
Shabbat Dinner, 7:30 pm: “Three Legs or One Foot? Balancing Jewish Community” - Discovering a renewed community equilibrium that integrates kindness and justice Reservations: $15/Adults; $5/child ages 6 - 12; children 5 and under are free
Saturday, October 27:
Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am: “Drash” - Familiar junctures in the regular rhythms of prayer that can be leveraged as “caring points” for visiting the sick and consoling the bereaved
Kiddush Lunch, 12:30 pm: “The Way to Go: Wisdom for Showing Up in Difficult Times” - Secrets of manageable caring actions from the Bible and Talmud
Havdalah in the Hood, 7:00 pm: Relaxed social time with the TMS community and Rabbi Regina
Sunday, October 28: Renewing Sacred Fellowship
9:00 – 11:00: An in-service workshop for members of the TMS Chevra Kadisha
11:00-12:00: All Through the Night: The Significance of Sh'mirah / Vigil-Keeping - An open community workshop on vigil-keeping as the heart of levayah / accompanying the dead
12:15 – 1:15: From Zombies to Ultimate Kindness: A Pre-Halloween Workshop for Teens - How fascination with the “undead” can be connected to a helpful showing up for the actual dead—as well as for the living
3:30 – 5:00: What Really Counts: A Taste of "Generous Justice"- Open community learning from Rabbi Regina's unique sourcebook on tzedakah as "just-giving"—with ten percent of all proceeds from book sales donated to the TMS Tikkun Olam Fund.
Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips, MSW, MPH, is Executive Director of WAYS OF PEACE Community Resources in Brooklyn, New York. As the founding chair of a 70-volunteer sacred fellowship, her published resources have guided Jewish caring community development across the country and around the world.
Sponsor: Jewish Community Foundation