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Reimagine: Life, Loss, & Love
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Dying Doesn't Feel Like What I'm Doing

Dying Doesn't Feel Like What I'm Doing
Rachel Cowan, a beloved rabbi and influential mindfulness teacher, is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Living each day fully, she turned dying into an opportunity to experience gratitude.

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Join the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) and filmmaker Paula Weiman-Kelman for a screening of her moving documentary, “Dying Doesn’t Feel Like What I’m Doing.” This 60-minute film explores the extraordinary life and last months of Rabbi Rachel Cowan. In addition to co-founding IJS, she was a civil rights activist, community organizer, the first female Jew by choice ordained as a Rabbi, a beloved and influential mindfulness teacher, a grandmother, and wise elder.

Paula Weiman-Kelman is veteran documentary filmmaker known for moving portraits of inspiring women. Her first film Rites of Passage was a portrait of the feisty Israeli feminist icon and peace activist Alice Shalvi. Twenty years later she revisited her subject in The Re-annotated Alice.

For over 20 years, IJS has pioneered the teaching of Jewish spiritual practices that are grounded in mindfulness, draw upon the deepest wells of Jewish wisdom, and enable people to live and lead with clarity, resilience, and a sense of sacred purpose.

** IJS will send you an email after you register (and after you receive registration confirmation from "Squad UP.") You will receive information about how to access the film (on Vimeo) and join the post-screening discussion (on Zoom).


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