120 Kalsman Partners gathered at the Brandeis Bardin Institute
in Simi Valley, California, to teach, learn, network and recharge. Professors Arnold
Eisen and Adriane Leveen were the scholars in residence for a pre-Partner Gathering Shabbaton,
where they taught about "Modes of Memory." Using biblical and contemporary sources, they
explored the tensions between memory and change. Kalsman Partner Tom Cole, M.D., Director
of the McGovern Center for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit at the University of
Texas Health Science Center in Houston was the Keynote speaker on Sunday and Monday. He
spoke on "Aging and the Changing Definition of the Human Being." Many questions were raised
and explored definitions of what constitutes a human and making choices about life and death.
HUC's Sherut L'Am award was bestowed on Rabbi Richard Address, Director of the URJ's Department
of Jewish Family Concerns, for his contributions to the Jewish healing community. Photographs, video
and highlights of these events and twelve workshops will soon be posted to this website.
The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion bestows the Sherut L'Am award to Jewish professionals for their service to the Jewish people. The Kalsman Institute grants this award to one Kalsman Partner at the biennial Partner Gathering in recognition of contributions to the Jewish healing community. The first Kalsman Sherut L'Am award was presented to singer and songwriter Debbie Friedman. As a tribute, a number of her friends (and Kalsman Partners) gathered to perform a concert as a meaningful and joyous acknowledgement of Debbie, her music and her work. The award was presented by Dean Lewis Barth of HUC Los Angeles.
The Kalsman Institute presents a sterling silver Havdalah spice box to its Sherut L'Am award recipients. The spice box is an original creation crafted for the Kalsman Institute by Israeli artist Moshe Zabari. Zabari's work, over the span of fifty years, reflects the intersection of contemporary themes and Jewish rituals. The spice box evokes images of health and healing through organic shape surrounded by the entwined physician's caduceus. Engraved on the base of the box is the Jewish text, "May his virtue be as a crown to him." The box itself contains the spices which remind its users of the extra soul available to each Jew on the Sabbath.
Kalsman Institute Partner Gathering III
January 23-24, 2005
The 2005 Partner Gathering was two days of learning, networking and sharing for almost 100 Kalsman Partners.
The 2005 Partner Gathering was two days of learning, networking and sharing. Almost 100 Kalsman Partners gathered at The Brandeis-Bardin Institute. Thanks to those from the East Coast who fought blizzards to attend. The group was inspired and engaged by keynote speaker, Professor Victor Fuchs, whose focus on the economics of medicine in the 21st century served to challenge and enlighten. The presentations and workshops led by other Kalsman Partners were equally powerful and thought-provoking. Special thanks go out to all facilitators. (Rabbi Richard Address, Dr. Liz Feldman, Dr. Carol Hausman, Rabbi Stuart Kelman, Susie Kessler, Rabbi Dan Levin, Judith Margolis, Susan Rosenthal, David Schulman, Dr. Howard Silverman, Rabbi Shira Stern, Dr. Ronald Sunderland, and Rabbi Simkha Weintraub)
Debbie Friedman Tribute Concert
January 23, 2005 As a part of the 2005 Partner Gathering, the Kalsman Institute and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion presented Kalsman Partner Debbie Friedman with the Sherut L'Am Award in recognition of her contribution to the Jewish healing community.
Description: As a part of the 2005 Partner Gathering, the Kalsman Institute and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion presented Kalsman Partner Debbie Friedman with the Sherut L'Am Award in recognition of her contribution to the Jewish healing community. As a tribute to Debbie, a number of her friends (and Kalsman Partners) were gathered to perform a concert in her honor. Thanks to Cantors Jeff Klepper and Rosalie Will Boxt, Rabbi Ken Chasen, Doug Mishkin, Craig Taubman and especially to Cantor Evan Kent for coordinating and participating in what was a meaningful and joyous tribute to Debbie, her music, and her work. The award was presented by Dean Lewis Barth (HUC-LA).
Kalsman Institute Partner Gathering II
January 26-27, 2003 Partners of the Kalsman Institute gathered to assess the status of their healing work and formulate strategies for the future of their communities.
Partners of the Kalsman Institute gathered to assess the status of their healing work and formulate strategies for the future of their communities.
View video segments from the Partner Gathering.
(OVERVIEW AND VIDEO SEGMENTS FROM THE PARTNER GATHERING)
Kalsman Institute Partner Gathering I
March 18-19, 2001 A national deliberation among leaders in the Jewish and interfaith healing community.
A national deliberation among leaders in the Jewish and interfaith healing community. 75 Kalsman Partners met at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley, CA, to help develop a mandate for the newly formed Kalsman Institute. Rabbis, nurses, cantors, social workers, educators, artists, students, business leaders, healthcare professionals, and others engaged in strategic planning and formed alliances with each other and their respective healing communities.
Re-Imagining Illness/Re-Imagining Health
April 2-4, 2000 A three-day national conference on new perspectives in health and healing. This conference preceded and led to the creation of The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health.
A three-day national conference on new perspectives in health and healing. 300 people convened at HUC-JIR/LA, USC and the Skirball Cultural Center to address such issues as "Reclaiming Service: Caring for the Soul of the Caregiver" (keynote address by Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen); "Death, the Distinguished Guest: Grief Counseling;" "Helping Doctors Pray;" "Therapoetics (Modern Poetry on Illness);" and more. Attendees included rabbis and other clergy, Jewish communal professionals; physicians; nurses; artists; mental health professionals, educators, and congregational leaders. This conference preceded and led to the creation of The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health.