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Saturday, February 9

8:15pm MST

A Choice of Compassion: Judaism and End of Life Decision Making

New spiritual challenges face us as we age. Questions emerge about living wills, “Do Not Resuscitate” orders, medical powers-of-attorney, and hospice services. Learn about the unique type of care for those who are very frail or have received a terminal diagnosis that focuses on comfort and improved quality of life as patients and loved ones prepare medically, emotionally and spiritually for the end of life.

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Sara L. Gilbert

Hospice Chaplain, Shalom Cares
Blessed to be busy in a variety of professional ways, Rabbi Sara L. Gilbert is spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation in Greeley, a warm, venerable community. In Denver, Sara serves the patients of Shalom Hospice as a chaplain, finding assisting patients and families to be challenging... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2013 8:15pm - 9:30pm MST
Conference H
Sunday, February 10

9:00am MST

A meditation experience

In this session, we will have a guided meditation experience. Meditation can be a significant part of a Jewish practice. Instead of teaching, this session will be consist of experiential learning using relaxation techniques as well as Jewish themes and imagery. Come in comforatable street clothes, ready to cultivate a space of inner quiet.

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Tamee Albrecht

University of Colorado, Boulder
Tamee Albrecht is a certified yoga teacher and a practitioner of meditation in many styles. She has studied mediation at retreats in Asia, Israel, and the U.S. She is a strong believer in experiential education and the benefits of meditation in daily life. She has an M.S. in Hydrology... Read More →

Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am MST
Conference 15

10:30am MST

'Circle for the Planet' -- Sacred Chant from Tu B'Shvat to Earth Day

Sacred Chant is a meditative practice that can clear the mind, focus and refine intentions, and connect us to each other in a healing vibration. Shulamit (Sally) Klein is a student of Rabbi Shefa Gold. Her current focus is our relationship to the planet, based on Judaism's Biblical agricultural roots and our dreams for the world of our children's children. No prior expertise in singing, chanting, or Hebrew language is necessary. With an open mind/heart; come ready to envision a new paradigm.

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Shulamit (Sally) Klein

Sacred Chanting Leader/Teacher
A licenced clincial social worker, they said Sally Klein sang in her crib before she talked. Picking up this memory during divorce at age 60, she decided to sing again after nearly 25 years silence. Then, she joined Kol Zimra 1 under Rabbi Shefa Gold. She uses chant to reach people... Read More →

Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am MST
Conference 15

10:30am MST

Kosher! Organic! Fair Trade! Local! – What is “Fit” To Eat

For generations, the Jewish people have contemplated what is kosher, literally what is “fit” to eat. Today, food choices can feel more complicated than ever. How do we make choices that are aligned with our personal values and priorities? We’ll demystify the labels and learn enough to make educated, personal and meaningful choices even in the face of competing values and logistical and/or budgetary challenges. This session is appropriate for individuals and institutions exploring food choices.

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Becky O'Brien

Boulder Director, Hazon
Becky O’Brien is Hazon's Boulder Director. Hazon creates healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. Becky has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Religious Studies. Caring for the earth that sustains us has been a passion of hers for 20 years. She... Read More →

Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am MST
Conference 16

10:30am MST

More to Live For (Film)
Come for the stories, stay for the music! This award-winning film powerfully presents the deeply personal accounts of three individuals: Michael Brecker, 15-time Grammy winner, one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time; James Chippendale, founder of Love Hope Strength, the largest music centric cancer charity in the world, and Seun Adebiyi, training to become the first Nigerian winter Olympic athlete. Each is dependent upon the one vital bone marrow match that could save him.

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Susan Marcus

This film is presented by Love, Hope, Strength, an organization dedicated to saving lives by building the bone marrow database.  Be sure to get swabbed, so you can help save a life. After all, the Talmud says that if you save one life, you save the world.

Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm MST
Conference F

3:00pm MST

Organ & Tissue Donation Through a Jewish Lens

Explore the phenomenon of organ transplants through the personal stories of a donor family, a recipient, and a local rabbi. This session will address how Judaism understands organ donation, clear up misunderstood objection, and clarify the rubrics of permissibility.

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Bernard Gerson

Rabbi, Congregation Rodef Shalom
Rabbi Bernard R. Gerson, a native of the Boston area, has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Rodef Shalom since 1993. He also teaches Bible and Talmud at Denver Jewish Day School. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), he holds a BA in Judaic Studies... Read More →

Robin Mitchell

Volunteer, Donor Alliance
Robin Mitchell is a donor mother who has been an “Advocate for Life” for four years.  She lost her son Joe who was a donor in 2008.  Robin has met the heart and lung recipients, and knows their life is better because of the heroic decision that Joe had made.

Dale Sparks

Volunteer, Donor Alliance
Dale’s wife Sharon is a kidney recipient who received her gift of life in 2008.  Sadly, their daughter Kelly passed away in 2009 and had chosen to become a donor.  Dale has a unique perspective on the importance of donation because of what he has been through.

Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm MST
Conference F

4:30pm MST

Mental Health: Tamei (Ritually Impure) or Tahor (Pure)?

How do we as Jews understand and reckon with mental illness? Our society tends to equate one’s identity with the functioning of his or her rational mind. Yet statistics point to the growing prevalence of mental disorders, from Alzheimer’s to depression. This session will be an interactive discussion of how we might de-stigmatize and bring compassion to those with mental illness. Conversation will be structured around Jewish texts, including the command to “welcome the stranger.”

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Debra Rappaport

Rabbi, B'nai Vail Congregation
Debra Rappaport has been Rabbi of B’nai Vail Congregation since her Reconstructionist ordination in 2007. Prior to rabbinical school, Debra earned degrees from Vassar College and the Wharton School, and worked in business for 10 years. She currently serves on six boards(!) Debra... Read More →

Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm MST
Conference F