Wednesday, May 16th, 7:00 p.m.
This Month: The Sacred Work of Care giving
Rabbi Susan Freeman will share her new book, To Dwell in Your House: Vignettes and Spiritual Reflections on Care giving at Home which addresses the large population in need of more resources for the sacred work of care giving. With current trends in healthcare, the objective is to keep patients out of hospitals, and to provide care at home. And yet, there are so few resources for caregivers in the home. Going beyond clinical pointers for care giving, this book offers encouragement and inspiration, with thirty original and compelling vignettes. While these stories arise out of a professional chaplain’s actual spiritual care visits, the insights and wisdom are relevant to anyone who faces the struggles and joys of being in a care giving relationship. Additionally, the book provides contemplation to guide caregivers in their own personal growth, reflections to share with those patients who would benefit from spiritual reassurance, and theory upon which caregivers can build a solid foundation to support their efforts into the future. While care giving can be a lonely business, through this book, caregivers will attain a sense of camaraderie with other caregivers. Besides giving practical strategies for interacting meaningfully and effectively with patients and their families, this book affirms the gift of care giving, and also understands the challenges associated with it.
Let us know you’ll be there
This month we’ll be hosted at the home of Pepe Kahn. Guests are invited to bring a dairy / pareve appetizer, snack, or dessert or domestic wine or other beverages. When you RSVP, we’ll share Pepe’s address with you. Email your RSVP or call 619 697-6001. Even if you know where Pepe lives, please RSVP so we can properly plan for the evening.RSVP Here
About Rabbi Susan Freeman
Rabbi Susan Freeman is a chaplain and ACPE Certified Educator, teaching Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. Originally from Denver, CO, Susan has her M.A. in Hebrew Literature and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She has been involved in hospice and home health chaplaincy since 2003. Prior to chaplaincy, she worked as a congregational rabbi, education director, High Holiday cantor, writer, and dancer.
Besides the books listed here, her new book To Dwell in Your House: Vignettes and Spiritual Reflections on Caregiving at Home was published in November 2017. Articles published in The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling include “Opening to Torah, Bedside” (Fall, 2010) and “A Prayer Before I Visit” (Spring, 2013). Articles published in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry include ACPE Theory Paper of the year – “The Art of Supervision: Canvas, Song, and Dance” (2011); “Encounters for Change: A Book Review Roundtable” (co-author, 2013); and “Jasmina: The Little Things” (2017).
As a yoga practitioner, she has completed over 250 hours of teacher and other intensive training. She is married to Rabbi Philip Graubart and has two adult sons.
The first of each Jewish month—the celebration of the new moon, its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky—is a day historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration. In recent decades, Rosh Chodesh has become an occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual, and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages.
A Rosh Chodesh group can provide a unique opportunity for women to share experiences. Talking about the joys and challenges of relationships with significant others, family and friends; the need for a spiritual dimension in our day-to-day lives; experiences with death and mourning; our Jewish upbringing, choice to be Jewish or grappling with the questions of those who are experiencing an inter-religious relationship–all are potential themes to explore. Sharing our unique stories allows each of us to broaden our own knowledge while creating a bond between group members.
We hope to have women of all ages. We believe that our diversity will be our greatest strength and allow us to learn and grow from one another. Our Rosh Chodesh group plans to meet monthly, in various homes, and offer women an exclusive and meaningful opportunity.
Whether you’d like to host one month or have a suggestion for a discussion topic just let us know.
Sometimes we’re able to share materials with our guests and readers from past Rosh Chodesh gatherings. The links below will take you to pdf documents that our learning guides have shared. We hope you enjoy.
presented June 2017 by Susan Keller
presented January 2018 by Debbie Mishek