The Enrichment programme at Menorah is a themed mini course typically of three sessions.
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To everything there is a season: exploring end-of-life issues from a Jewish perspective
with Rabbi Fabian
Commencing Thursday 20 April 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm. Sessions 2 and 3 will follow on 4 and 11 May.
Medical advances have made it possible to extend life or defy death as it was known for centuries. But does this mean we are more or less prepared to consider some of the related ethical and moral dilemmas of our time? Discussing and exploring end-of life issues can be complex and challenging, yet these are relevant issues facing us in our own lives and in our roles as parents, children, extended family and friends. In the sessions we will explore:
• What Judaism teaches about end-of-life medical decisions and family dynamics
• How tradition can play a critical role in helping individuals and their families prepare
• The resources available for addressing these issues.
The sessions do not aim to provide definitive answers or resolutions but to present important elements to a pertinent value system as we consider individual opinions and choices. Adults of all ages are encouraged to participate.
Session 1 (20 April) The quality and sanctity of life and dying in the Talmud and Midrash
We begin with an introduction to the topic and a chavruta style discussion and study session that examines rabbinic writings dealing with end of life and dying. No previous Hebrew knowledge required.
Session 2 (4 May) Israeli film The Farewell Party + discussion
We will watch and discuss the critically-acclaimed Israeli feature film The Farewell Party, winner of an Ophir award (the Israeli Oscar). It is a unique, compassionate and unlikely comedy of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumours of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma.
Session 3 (11 May) Talking practical matters
In this session we will review communication and practical resources such as the grassroots public campaign ‘The Conversion Project’ which can play a critical role in helping individuals and their families prepare while transforming our culture so that we shift from not talking about dying to talking about it – before it’s too late.
Refreshments provided. There is no charge for these sessions.
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