2017 Additional Activities

 
Enjoy these additional activities 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Lobby

“Before I Die…” Wall
Community Art Project

9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Kanbar Hall

Your Life Story: A Labyrinth Walk of Wisdom
With Anna Yang, RN

9:30 – 10:30 am
Beit Midrash (Room 209)

Makor Or Meditation
With Ellen Shireman

10:00 – 11:00 am
Pottruck Family Atrium

Ask the Expert
With Maggid Jhos Singer

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Room 207

Videos

10:15 – 10:45 am
Kanbar Hall

Guided Labyrinth Walk
With Anna Yang, RN

10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Pottruck Family Atrium

Resource Fair
Presented in partnership with a wide range of businesses and nonprofit organizations

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Beit Midrash (Room 209)

Death Café
With Diane Wilson, MFT
Space is limited. Please sign up at the Front Desk on the day of the event.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Room 211

Counseling Sessions
With Janie Friend, MFT

11:30 am – Noon
Kanbar Hall

Guided Labyrinth Walk
With Anna Yang, RN

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet in the JCCSF Lobby

Mourning Walk
With Rabbi Batshir Torchio & Maggid Jhos Singer

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Room 211

Making Life Choices: A Shared Discussion About End of Life Decisions
With Rabbi Batshir Torchio

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Beit Midrash (Room 209)

Chair Yoga for Everyone
With Stacie Dooreck

3:00 – 4:30 pm
Fisher Family Hall

Film Presentation – Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary

All times and rooms subject to change.


Additional Activities Desciptions & Bios

Community Art Project
“Before I Die…” Wall

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. “Before I Die” is a global participatory public art project that reimagines our relationship with death and with one another. The original wall was created on an abandoned house in New Orleans by artist Candy Chang after the death of someone she loved. Since then, over 2,000 “Before I Die” walls have been created in over 70 countries around the world. Each wall is created in communities by passionate individuals who want to make a space to restore perspective and share more with one another. This wall is yours. Please enjoy. 

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Anna Yang

Your Life Story: A Labyrinth Walk of Wisdom
With Anna Yang, RN

Life can seem even more precious as we near its ending. Walk the labyrinth to gain clarity and wisdom about the years gone by and the time ahead. How have I lived? What do I celebrate? What do I release or forgive? Feel lighter and more grounded as you step out of the labyrinth into a new direction of life. The labyrinth is a tool of self-reflection and meditation.

Anna will lead Labyrinth walks at 10:15 am and 11:30 am.

Anna C. Yang, RN has journeyed from illness to health, conventional nursing to holistic nursing in over 20 years of study, travel and practice. She has learned ways of reducing stress in body and mind while strengthening the heart and spirit. Since 1998, Anna has facilitated labyrinth walks for UCSF Medical Center, SF Recreation Center for the Handicapped, Grace Cathedral, the JCCSF and a variety of organizations using her own portable canvas labyrinth. Anna is a Certified Holistic Nurse, holds a Master’s Degree in Women’s Spirituality, and is an Advanced Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. She is founder and director of Stelle Fleur Institute, dedicated to women’s worth, wisdom and well-being.

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Makor Or Meditation
With Ellen Shireman

Begin your day with quiet meditation. Learn to calm the busy mind with a simple breathing meditation technique. Join us for sitting and walking meditation. All are welcome. No experience necessary.

Ellen Shireman is the director of Makor Or: A Center for Jewish Meditation. Since 2012, Ellen has studied meditation and Jewish practice with Makor Or founders Rabbi Alan Lew(z"l) and Norman Fischer. She leads Thursday morning meditation at the JCCSF providing instruction and teachings linked to the cycle of Jewish holidays and life events.

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Jhos Singer

Ask the Expert
With Jhos Singer

JCCSF Maggid Jhos Singer will be available to Embracing the Journey attendees for a one-on-one confidential conversation about Jewish practices, attitudes and traditions regarding end-of-life questions. Drop in – first come, first served.

Jhos Singer is a Maggid, which is basically a Jewish spiritual jack of all trades – he preaches, teaches, sings and listens. He serves both the JCCSF and Berkeley's Chochmat HaLev, Center for Jewish Spirituality. He has been a cradle-to-grave community leader since 2000 and has presided over hundreds of lifecycle events. He finds end-of-life work to be the most humbling, beautiful and powerful part of his profession.

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Three Videos will be shown in a loop throughout the day

“Dying Green” Explores Conservation through Natural Burial
PBS Newshour, 4/11/12
This documentary explores environmentally friendly burial – and how it can be used to conserve land – by following a pioneer of the movement, Dr. Billy Campbell. Hari Sreenivasan of the PBS Newshour talks with Dr. Campbell and the filmmaker, Ellen Tripler, to find out more about the practice.

i-Shiva Commercial
YouTube, 9/2/15
i-Shiva – the app that lets you munch while you mourn! What a mitzvah!

A Video Game to Cope with Grief
Ted Conference NYC February, 2017
When Amy Green's young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, she made up a bedtime story for his siblings to teach them about cancer. What resulted was a video game, "That Dragon, Cancer," which takes players on a journey they can't win. In this beautiful talk about coping with loss, Green brings joy and play to tragedy. "We made a game that's hard to play," she says, "because the hardest moments of our lives change us more than any goal we could ever accomplish."

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Diane Wilson

Death Café
With Diane Wilson, MFT

We will be discussing end-of-life issues in a small, intimate group (maximum 17 participants) in which you will be able to share what matters most to you at “the end of the journey.” Are you living your life in a way that seems authentic to you, and what legacy do you want to leave the people that matter to you? This is a confidential group, led by a licensed psychotherapist and is not for those who have recently lost a loved one within the last six months. Space is limited. Please sign up at the Front Desk on the day of the event.

Diane Wilson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 25 years of experience, working with individuals, families and groups. Her areas of specialty are aging, transitions, grief and relationship issues. She is in private practice in San Francisco. She is interested in issues of mortality and death and is a trained grief and loss counselor.

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Janie Friend

Counseling Sessions
With Janie Friend, MFT
Janie will be available for private personal talk therapy for those wanting support with issues that may come up at Embracing the Journey: End of Life Resource Fair.

Janie Friend is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and a certified Sex Therapist. She received her certificate in Sexual Dysfunction from the UCLA Medical School at the UCLA Sexual Dysfunction Clinic, a functional component of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. In southern California, she worked at Brotman Medical Center counseling families facing challenges with death and dying; and had a private practice at the Pritikin Longevity Center.

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Mourning Walk
With Rabbi Batshir Torchio and Maggid Jhos Singer

Join the JCCSF’s Rabbi Batshir and Jhos on a relaxed pace walk into the beautiful Presidio. Enjoy the fresh air and revitalize your body. The walk is offered to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one and offers an opportunity to share feelings and stories with others who have experienced loss. Grief often results in feeling lonely, withdrawn or fatigued, and this hour will revive you while putting you in touch with others.

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Rabbi Batshir Torchio

Making Life Choices: A Shared Discussion About End of Life Decisions
With Rabbi Batshir Torchio

Discussing the end of life can be awkward at the least and daunting for most. And yet, once the conversation opens, the exercise has the potential to bring peace of mind and deep connecting with our family, friends, clergy and medical professionals. Using both universal and religious wisdoms, Rabbi Batshir will be available to begin a conversation on topics ranging from crafting of a Living Will, to rituals associated with the mourner’s journey.

Rabbi Batshir Torchio is the Director of Lifelong Learning at the JCCSF. Rabbi Batshir is an enthusiast of ritual, a guide in lifecycle events, a community teacher, and a perpetual learner.

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Stacie Dooreck

Chair Yoga for Everyone
With Stacie Dooreck
Enjoy a chair yoga that includes warm ups, yoga exercises and postures that can all be practice seated. Learn safe ways to stretch and strengthen the body and relax the mind. This class includes concentration and breathing exercises, guided relaxation and simple meditations. No experience needed.

Stacie’s father exposed her to yoga at an early age. She has been teaching Yoga at senior homes, corporations and more, since 1994. She is a certified Sivananda, Gentle Integral and Kundalini Yoga instructor. Stacie is the author of the SunLight Chair Yoga books and DVDs and leads chair yoga teacher trainings. Stacie is also a Certified Fall Prevention Instructor and certified as a Gentle Yoga Instructor by Integral Yoga, specializing in adapting yoga for all ages, abilities and conditions.

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Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary

Film Presentation – Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary
USA/2014/94 minutes

In this documentary, Timothy Leary, of “tune in, turn on and drop out” fame and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) have a final filmed conversation together. Given the circumstances of this final meeting, it's inevitable that death and dying, "the taboo of all time," according to Leary, should be the starting point of the conversation with Ram Dass. Both men share the notion that death can be a celebration; in Ram Dass' words, a time when you "engage with the deepest meaning of the universe." To put these comments into perspective, narrator Robert Redford explains how the two met, the impact of their friendship, and how their particular visions resulted in jail time and wide notoriety for one and spiritual awakening for the other.

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Supported by the San Francisco Jewish Women's Fund, a program of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.