The death of Moses, biblical teachings on death and dying, ghost stories and Jewish views of the afterlife are the focus of this year’s Ilene F. Levin Scholar-in-Residence program.
Reb Simcha Raphael, Ph.D., founding director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training and our visiting scholar, gives a series of talks and presentations the weekend of May 29-31 at Temple Israel.
- During Shabbat evening services, 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, Reb Raphael gives a talk titled “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night: Moses’ Death in Torah and Midrash.” A community dinner will follow.
- During Shabbat morning services, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, Reb Raphael talks on “Biblical Wisdom on Death and Dying.”
- An ice cream social begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30. Havdalah and story-telling follow, with Reb Raphael presenting “Twilight Between the Worlds: Tales of Ghosts, Wandering Spirits and Reincarnating Souls.” a program appropriate for all ages.
- During brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 31, Reb Raphael will discuss “Jewish Views of the Afterlife: End of Life Implications and Applications,” with a response by Ben Wolfe, M.Ed., LCSW, founder of St. Mary's Medical Center Grief Support Center.
Reb Raphael received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and was ordained as a rabbinic pastor by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. He is adjunct assistant professor in Jewish Studies at Temple University, and works as a psychotherapist and spiritual director, affiliated with Mount Airy Counseling Center, in Philadelphia.
For more than 25 years Raphael’s professional work has focused on Jewish death awareness education and bereavement counseling, and he has spoken at Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Renewal congregations, as well as churches and social service agencies in United States, Canada, England and Israel. He is the author of numerous publications including Jewish Views of the Afterlife.His website is www.daatinstitute.net
To learn more about Raphael's views on the afterlife, read Temple Israel member Jim Petersen-Perlman's interview with him by clicking here.
Ilene F. Scholar-in-Residence programs are sponsored through the generosity of Steve Goldfine, in memory of his wife Ilene F. Levin. All programs, meals and refreshments are free, but reservations are required for Friday’s dinner and Sunday’s brunch. Please call the Temple Office, 724-8857 or e-mail email@example.com.