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Midrash and Medicine Conference in Monterey – Respite in the Chaos

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Thursday, May 7, 2009


West Coast Jewish organizations present a Healing Conference amidst challenging times

While many other large-scale, national conferences were being canceled due to fears of low enrollment and budgetary concerns, two West Coast organizations dedicated to health and healing in a Jewish context will present a ground-breaking, collaborative conference in Monterey, California next month. Midrash and Medicine: Imagining Wholeness will bring a diverse collection of professionals merging interpretive arts, Judaism and medicine at an interactive conference.  Spiritual, behavioral, and healthcare professionals, scholars, artists and lay-leader colleagues will learn together, exchange best practices, and find a much needed respite from their worries in a world filled with personal and professional challenges due to the economic times.

Visit www.midrashandmedicine.org for updates.

The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health and the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center are proud to present this interdisciplinary conference, Midrash and Medicine: Imagining Wholeness, to be held at the Asilomar Conference Center on the Monterey Bay peninsula from Monday, May 11 - Wednesday, May 13, 2009.


This conference marks an important milestone in the growing field of Judaism, Health, and Healing: a diverse and engaging conference schedule coupling intense text learning and inspirational opportunities to engage in the expressive arts.


The Midrash and Medicine conference will highlight leadership and innovation in the healthcare and Jewish healing fields.  Presentations and interactive workshops will draw from scholars of midrash, health and spiritual care providers, and artists who are creatively engaged in the landscapes of illness, wholeness, and spirit.

Presenters at the conference include musician and performer extraordinaire, Debbie Friedman; noted expert in the field of Judaism, Health, and Healing with respect to Aging, Rabbi Dayle Friedman, and renowned scholars of Midrash from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Drs. Norman Cohen and Lewis Barth.

Especially in these uncertain times, the conference represents an extraordinary opportunity to relax, connect with colleagues, and enjoy three days of stimulating and interdisciplinary learning.


The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health generates ideas and projects on Jewish spirituality and healing, bioethics, illness and wellness, and the health of the healthcare system as well as provides pastoral education to future Reform leaders on the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center (BAJHC) is dedicated to providing Jewish spiritual care to those living with illness, to those caring for the ill, and to the bereaved through direct service, education and training, and information and referral.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu