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Global Day of Jewish Learning


The MJCC is proud to be a host for the Global day of Jewish Learning, a project of the Aleph Society, which seeks to unite the Jewish people through our shared texts, and community based learning. Be a part of this global phenomenon, which will take place in over 500 communities, in more than 40 countries around the world.

Rabbi Jason Weiner, Scholar-in-Residence
Sunday, November 11

Our Scholar-in-Residence for this year’s Global Day of Jewish Learning, as well as the Shabbat prior at Baron Hirsch Congregation, is Rabbi Jason Weiner who will share Torah, wisdom, and stories from his career of helping people and their families prepare for the ultimate journey as they pass from our world into the next.

Rabbi Jason Weiner, BCC, serves as the senior rabbi and director of the Spiritual Care Department at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, where he is responsible for the chaplaincy team and all aspects of spiritual care.

Rabbi Weiner previously served as the assistant rabbi at Young Israel of Century City in West Los Angeles. He has earned rabbinic ordination at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinic School and from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg in Jerusalem, as well as a master's degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University (Chicago), where he is completing a doctorate in clinical bioethics. He has also earned a master's degree in Jewish history from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Weiner has completed four units of clinical pastoral education. He is a board-certified chaplain through Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, and he sits on the association's board.

Rabbi Weiner is the president of the Southern California Board of Rabbis and has been honored with Rabbinic Leadership Awards from the Orthodox Union and Chai Lifeline. He is a member of the Cedars-Sinai End of Life Committee, Organ Donor Council and Bioethics Committee, for which he serves on the internal advisory board. Rabbi Weiner is also the rabbi of Knesset Israel Synagogue of Beverlywood, and he frequently serves as a scholar-in-residence at conferences and synagogues throughout the nation on topics related to Jewish medical ethics, pastoral care, health and wellness.


10:00am - Ethical Explorations
An introduction to the thornier issues relating to end of life care along with wisdom from Jewish tradition about how to navigate difficult decisions as they arise.

11:30am - Spiritual Implications
An overview of religious and pastoral concerns frequently experienced by patients and loving caregivers. Learn what our tradition teaches about how to die, why death exists, and what comes after death.

1:00pm - Break for Lunch

1:30 pm - Practical Preparations
A guide to the practical steps you can and should take BEFORE anything happens, with anecdotes and explanations to understand why it is so essential to think about it now. 

3:00pm-4:00pm - "No More Excuses" Expo
We'll have attorneys, notaries, and other experts on site to help people take immediate concrete action. Schedule an appointment, prepare basic wills, fill out advanced directives, learn about legacy gifting, and more - all in one place so there's no excuse to keep putting off being responsible.

Attend any or all sessions. No registration required.

Whether you are the parent of young children, the child of aging parents, or simply wishing to make sure your wishes are known and respected, this event is for you.

This Global Day of Jewish Learning program is offered at no charge. Questions? Contact Rabbi Mordechai Harris at mharris@jccmemphis.org or (901) 259-9227.

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