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The Forever Letter (Book Talk)

Inspired by the centuries-old Jewish tradition of the ethical will, author Rabbi Elana Zaiman introduces the forever letter: a way of transmitting values, wisdom, and love to the people who matter most via the art of letter-writing.

Through inspirational stories, sample letters and writing guidance, Rabbi Zaiman's book, The Forever Letter, serves as a companion on a transformational journey of self-discovery and deepening relationships.

Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, will serve as moderator.

Elana Zaiman, the first woman rabbi from a family spanning six generations of rabbis, has spent her life bringing people together. Her rabbinic career includes the Park Avenue Synagogue (Manhattan), Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle), and Congregation Beth Israel (Vancouver, British Columbia). She is a chaplain at the Summit at First Hill, a retirement community in Seattle; a certified Wise Aging instructor (IJS), Adjunct Faculty at Seattle’s Harborview Hospital CPE Program, and Ethics and Spirituality columnist for LivFun, a publication for Leisure Care retirement facilities in 10 states. Elana also volunteers as a co-partner in the Seattle Limbe Sewing Circle, an intergenerational and interracial community which brings together Jews, Muslims, and Christians to create feminine hygiene kits for girls in Cameroon, Africa.

General Information: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please arrive by 7:15 pm; photo ID is required for admission to JTS.

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