Rabbi Gibson's Shiur (class) with Special Guest Rabbi Shira Stern

Join Us: Guest Speaker Rabbi Shira Stern, Crisis Rabbi for the Red Cross, on Wed., Nov. 14, 6:15 PM

It's been two weeks since the antisemitic shooting at Tree of Life, and all of our emotions have been on overdrive. Rabbi Jamie Gibson has invited Rabbi Shira Stern, Crisis Rabbi for the Red Cross, to join his Shiur (class) this week to talk with us about processing and healing from this tragedy. Everyone is welcome. No sign-up or fee required.

Rabbi Stern is a pastoral counselor and Disaster Spiritual Care provider for the American Red Cross. As the Director of the Center for Pastoral Care and Counseling in Marlboro, NJ, she works with children and adults as they focus on problem solving and personal growth. Rabbi Stern has more than 32 years of educational experience, including teaching Judaism at Rutgers University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Master of Arts degree from Hebrew Union College, where she was ordained a rabbi. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling from HUC-JIR in 2003. She is also a Board Certified Chaplain, and has served as a hospital, hospice and long-term care facility chaplain. Rabbi Stern's writings have been published in The Women's Torah Commentary and The Women's Haftarah Commentary, Jewish Relational Care from A-Z, and she is the consulting editor of Mishkan R’fuah, Where Healing Resides, published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. She has been a contributor and consultant for three National Geographic Books.

Questions? Contact Nancy Conaway at [email protected] or (412) 421-9715 ext. 115.

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This class will explore how traditional sources of Jewish knowledge (Torah, Rabbinic Thought, Jewish Philosophy) addressed the issues of their time and how we tackle modern problems from a Jewish perspective. Classes will include topics such as racism and sexism, integrity in the home and workplace, the place of Israel in liberal Jewish concerns, Judaism and human sexuality, as well as the ongoing search for God.  The class will use both text study and modern sources, including provocative videos, to better examine the difficult questions about living authentically as a modern, liberal Jew in America. 

All are welcome! Contact Rabbi Gibson for more information at [email protected].

Fee: $54

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