Refuah seminar to be held in West Hartford

WEST HARTFORD — Ten agencies, schools and synagogues in the Greater Hartford and Torrington areas have combined to offer their first collaborative seminar, “Refuah: The Jewish View on Healthy Body and Soul on April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Mandell Jewish Community Center.

The event will feature workshops on a variety of timely topics that affect many people. Each workshop will combine the efforts of a rabbi and a professional from Jewish Family Services.

The seminar was convened by the Adult Jewish Learning Network of Greater Hartford. Proceeds from the event will benefit Jewish Family Services and its kosher food pantry.

“We’re working with Jewish Family Service. We want to get the community to know what a wonderful resource we have in Jewish Family Services,” said Francene Weingast of the Greater Hartford Jewish Federation’s Commission on Jewish Education & Leadership.

“Our hope is we will get across the Jewish approach and what the difference is from other approaches. We want to give real help on various subjects,” Weingast said. That’s why each workshop has a rabbi and a Jewish Family Service clinician as presenters. “It’s a religious and therapeutic approach,” she said.

The workshops and their presenters are as follows:

“Coping with Aging Parents,” Rabbi Yitzchok Adler, Congregation Beth David, West Hartford, and Penny Yellen, JFS;  “The Impact of the Current Economy,” Rabbi Debra Cantor, Congregation B’nai Sholom, Newington, and Linda Cold, JFS; “Raising Teens,” Rabbi Stephen Chatinover, Solomon Schechter Day School, West Hartford, and Jacqueline Berkowitz, JFS;  “When a Family Member Intermarries,” Rabbi James Rosen, Beth El Temple, West Hartford, and Janice Rothstein, JFS; and “When a Loved One has a Physical or Mental Illness,” Rabbi David Small, The Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, and Nancy Lichtenberg, JFS.

The seminar will open with Rabbi Michael Pincus, Congregation Beth Israel; Janice Rothstein of Jewish Family Services; and Dr. Tom Fromson of The Emanuel Synagogue, program chair, discussing the Jewish approach to handling personal challenges.

For more information and reservations email refuah@jewishhartford.org or call 860-727-6137. Registration will also be taken on line at www.jewishhartford.org. Selection of a workshop will be on a first-come basis. Admission is a non-perishable donation to the JFS Kosher Food Pantry and a suggested contribution of $5 to benefit JFS.

Sponsoring organizations include the following: Adult Jewish Learning Network of Greater Hartford, beth David Synagogue, West Hartford; Beth El Temple, West Hartford; Beth El Synagogue, Torrington; Beth Hillel Synagogue, Bloomfield; Beth Sholom, B’nai Israel, Manchester; Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford; Congregation B’Nai Sholom, Newington; Congregation Kol Haverim, Glastonbury; Congregation Tikvoh Chadoshoh, Bloomfield; The Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford; Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Hartford; Jewish federation of greater Hartford-s Commission o Jewish Education and Leadership; Mandell Jewish Community Center.

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