The Art of Reminiscence: With Rabbi Shelly Marder | Congregation Beth Am

The Art of Reminiscence: With Rabbi Shelly Marder

Presented by Gesharim and Yad l’Yad, Co-led by Rachael Shea and Lisa Whitmore

Why do we reminisce? What purpose does it serve in our lives — no matter our age? Inspired by his rich experience with residents of the Jewish Home (now called the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living), Rabbi Shelly Marder will share poems and insights into the connection between art and reminiscence. Then, we will explore practical ways to engage ourselves and one another in a fresh, creative approach to memories — useful when we provide friendly visits, talk with family members or journal privately.

Shelly Marder is rabbi of the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living (the Jewish Home). His work involves the use of text and poetry in pastoral care — especially end-of-life care, and the spiritual dimension of care for people with dementia. He co-founded Kol Haneshamah, a collaborative project of the Jewish Home and the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, which provides spiritual care at the end of life.

Gesharim is a congregant-led initiative to support individuals and families facing the end of life. Learn more on the Gesharim webpage. Or, contact Rachael Shea.

Yad l’Yad offers friendly visits to congregants at risk of isolation. The committee was created in the spirit of the traditional Jewish Society for Visiting the Sick (Chevra Bikur Cholim) and provides congregant volunteers with practical and Jewish guidance for conducting this work. Learn more on the Yad l'Yad webpage.



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