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2020 Conference Bookstore and Shuk

The Conference Bookstore and Shuk lists conference speakers, attendees, and staff with a paragraph about their books, artwork, services and other items for sale. Each name is a hyperlink leading to more information. This listing is sorted alphabetically by last name.

 

 

Ellie Barbarash, et al       

Health and Safety Precautions for Taharah: A guide to understanding potential health risks and injuries while performing the holy work of the Chevrah Kadisha bEllie Barbarash CPEA,  Dan DoernbergElayne Kornblatt Phillips RN,PhD, Michael Rein MDDavid Zinner, and Darla Knight Low RN,BSN, provides a layperson’s overview of potential health risks and injuries related to the sacred task of washing and dressing the meit/ah (the deceased). The authors include health, occupational safety, and Jewish professionals with over 100 year of experience doing taharot and working to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Their recommendations are grounded in public health, workplace safety, and a commitment to respecting Jewish ritual.

 

 

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat     

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, named in 2016 by the Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis, was ordained by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal as a rabbi in 2011 and as a mashpi’ah ruchanit (spiritual director) in 2012. She is the author of eight books and many articles and publications. Beside Still Waters is a bilingual volume to support the journey of healing, loss, grief, comfort and renewal in both individual and communal contexts. Beside Still Waters offers materials for before death, stages of mourning and grief, remembrance and much more. It is a curated volume with traditional and modern liturgies, resonant new translations, evocative poetry and readings, and full transliteration.  It also offers prayers for a variety of spiritually difficult circumstances (miscarriage, stillbirth, suicide, when there is no grave to visit, mourning an abusive relationship) too often overlooked in the journey of memory and transformation. It features the work of some 40 contributors from across the breadth of Jewish life.

 

 

Rachel Braun    

Embroidery and Sacred Text introduces nineteen new designs in Judaic and Biblical embroidery, with captivating photographs of Rachel Braun’s original and colorful needlework. The author has embellished sacred texts from liturgy, piyyut (prayerful poetry) and Bible in creating her designs, in embroidery canvasses worked in ‘blackwork’ embroidery technique. Erudite and insightful commentary accompanies each piece and adds a spiritual dimension for appreciating the designs and for understanding the associations of sacred text and art. In addition, Rachel shares forty embroidery motifs for fellow needle artists to incorporate in their own projects, along with ten new embroidery alphabets for Hebrew and English lettering. A chapter explaining the mathematical considerations in embroidery design provides clear, accessible explanations of how geometric and algebraic factors underlie the shape of the embroidery patterns.

 

 

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Rabbi Mosha Epstein    Tahara Manual of Practices

This classic Taharah Manual is a detailed instruction as to how a taharah is performed and some of the reasons why these customs are observed. The manual also includes related issues to availus learned from Hagaon HaRav Moshe Feinstein.

 

 

Rabbi Avivah Erlick   

Today, families are asking their rabbis and hospice chaplains to improvise home-based death rituals based upon traditional taharah. They may want to perform the ritual themselves, for example; to insert original elements; or to perform it at home without traditional liturgy. Discussion of these issues has led to the question: How much modification can be allowed? At what point is the ritual no longer a Jewish purification, and by what standard? What bare-bones elements make taharah unique, and satisfy its requirements? Rabbi Avivah joins with Richard A. Light to explore these questions in Exploring the Soul of Taharah.

 

Dan Fendel, PhD           

Taharah practices have deep historical roots. Beginning in Mishnaic times, specific procedures and customs evolved in various locations and through many generations.  Chesed Shel Emet: The Truest Act of Kindness details the ritual of preparing a body for burial. The 3rd edition adds a liturgical understanding of the prayers that are said while performing a taharah. Too often, those who attend Jewish funerals, both as mourners and comforters, are not fully familiar with our traditions, practices and prayers. Nichum Aveilim provides guidance and insight, resulting in greater understanding, familiarity and awareness. Included in the booklet are explanations of burial, funeral, and shiva rituals, as well as Hebrew prayers and texts, with translations and transliterations.

 

 

Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife   

Kohenet Keshira is a traveling Priestess who is passionate about Shabbat and the way that it punctuates each week, helping us return ourselves, to natural cycles of time and to blessed wholeness. She uses some of her favorite tools – story, song, sound and stillness – to enhance this sacred time of rest, renewal and delight.

 

 

Rabbi Mel Glazer, z”l   

Even the strongest among us can get stuck in the grief process, unable to heal and move forward. In And God Created Hope Rabbi Mel Glazer, z”l — a highly regarded and experienced grief-recovery counselor — gives comforting form to a crucial insight: That the messages of the Old Testament are a source of hope for even the most grieving among us. Drawing directly from the key books of the Tanach, Glazer marshals, in a completely nondenominational way, their most profound, age-old themes to the very hard work of moving through and beyond grief — and into a life of hope and fulfillment. Among the themes and early Biblical stories Glazer uses as his jumping-off point to explore the process of grief recovery are: Bargaining (from Jonah), shock and anger (from Leviticus), fear (from Exodus), wandering (from Numbers), faith and strength (from Job), forgiveness (from Genesis), joy (from Proverbs), growth (from Psalms), legacy (from Deuteronomy), creating a new family (from Ruth), grief without death (from Song of Songs), and tragedy (from Lamentations).

 

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Rabbi Arnold M. Goodman   

The extraordinary story of a Minneapolis congregation who broke the mold of American death practices, returning instead to traditional Jewish practices.  This story and the resulting book helped propel a national revitalization and rebirth of Jewish practices around the end of life. A Plain Pine Box: A Return to Simple Jewish Funerals and Eternal Traditions is a powerful story of a cornerstone event in the history of Jewish death practice in America.

 

Rabbi T’mimah Ickovits     

Seven Sacred Circles around a deceased is a ritual found in Sefer Maavor Yabbok, Judaism’s mysterious book on end of life. This practice may be done anytime between ritual washing to burial. This volume is radically inclusive. It is offers newly feminized liturgy for use when honoring a woman as well as the original liturgy, for men. Sacred circling, Hakafot, cultivates honor for the deceased and honor the mourner. Circuits are a means of cultivating Sh’khinah, The Divine Feminine indwelling presence. The books book deciphers Kabbalah’s sacred seven and the Jewish practice of Hakafot (Circling). Holistic Jew Weekday integrates traditional liturgy, English translation that are meaningful for prayer, and commentary highlighting reverence for nature and cultivating Presence. Meditative practices from Classical Kabbalah, many are translated to English for the first time.

 

Rabbi Me’irah Iliinsky             

Rabbi Me’irah Iliinsky, MSW, was a psychotherapist before going to rabbinical school.  She is one of the Jewish educators at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and serves as the Rabbi at Rhoda Goldman Plaza Assisted Living Center. Rabbi Me’irah was part of the first graduating class of the Gamliel Insitute in 2015, and has presented at many conferences over the years. She is also an artist, making visual portals to sacred texts. Her artwork can be seen in paintings, prints, educational presentations, books and online videos.  Mapping the Journey: The Mourner and the Soul is a visual map of our journeying – as a mourner after a death, and the accompanying travels of the soul during the same period – a powerful and beautiful understanding of living and dying.

 

 

Marjorie Ingall         

Marjorie Ingall is the author of Mamaleh Knows Best (which the New York Times called “rich, insightful” and Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called “engaging” and said “will help parents, Jewish and not, raise children with a hearty dose of confidence and laughter”).

 

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Rabbi Stuart Kelman          

Taharah practices have deep historical roots. Beginning in Mishnaic times, specific procedures and customs evolved in various locations and through many generations.  Chesed Shel Emet: The Truest Act of Kindness details the ritual of preparing a body for burial. The 3rd edition adds a liturgical understanding of the prayers that are said while performing a taharah. Too often, those who attend Jewish funerals, both as mourners and comforters, are not fully familiar with our traditions, practices and prayers. Nichum Aveilim provides guidance and insight, resulting in greater understanding, familiarity and awareness. Included in the booklet are explanations of burial, funeral, and shiva rituals, as well as Hebrew prayers and texts, with translations and transliterations.

 

 

Richard A. Light                

Mr. Light is a senior instructor and Staff for the Gamliel Institute, on the Board of Directors for Kavod v’Nichum, and has published seven widely respected books, four of which are on Jewish rituals and practices relating to death and dying. His acclaimed Jewish Rites of Death: Stories of Beauty and Transformation won a 2016 Nautilus Book Award. His widely used taharah manual, To Midwife a Soul, has been revised to include new liturgies in addition to the established liturgy based on Ma’avar Yabbok. These include liturgy for Taharah Ruchanit – when we must honor the dead but do not have or cannot be close to their body, and non-binary liturgy to support all gender identities. Chevrot wishing to purchase multiple copies of Mr. Light’s books get them at printing costs plus shipping; contact the author for details. Mr. Light’s latest book, Sebastian, is an intriguing fable about spiritual awakening, an inspiring work that is especially salient today.

 

 

Rabbi Steven Moss         

My recently published book, God is With Me; I have No Fear, shares my personal experiences with God. The book calls upon the reader to reflect upon his or her experiences with the Divine or helps the reader to find God in life.

 

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Rabbi Lisa Rappaport       

This book guides the mourner toward meaning and transformation. Using the ancient road map as a template, Divrei Nichum explores this terrain with modern eyes. The language is current, accessible, honest. While exploring the themes associated with loss primarily from a Jewish perspective, Divrei Nichum is intended to reach all who grieve the loss of loved ones. The poems in this collection affirm there is only one essential truth that binds every living creature–the cycle of birth and death. We are birthed into existence, we live for some time on Earth, and then we die, leaving this world. While we all share this fundamental truth, navigating the terrain of loss can be overwhelming, frightening, alienating. These poems attempt to connect us all through the pain of loss and the mystery of death.

 

 

Simcha Raphael, PhD         

Reb Simcha Raphael is the founder of the Da’at Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training. He sells books and  music on his website. He is available for  adult education and professional development programs on death awareness education, bereavement counseling skills, rituals of death and mourning, and the spirituality of afterlife, near-death experiences, and reincarnation. He also offers bereavement counseling in person or by video conferencing. His groundbreaking Jewish Views of the Afterlife is now available in a 25-year anniversary edition.

 

 

 

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