Rabbi Anne Brener

Tachat Canfei (Under the wings of) Shechina:

Reflections on Life, Death and Debbie Friedman z”l

SONY DSCD ebbie Friedman z”l transformed Jewish life. She channeled a subterranean current of life and joy into the post-holocaust world of silence, frozen emotion, and rote liturgy, bringing us a “new song to sing unto God,” and helping us to thaw and to turn our “mourning into dancing.” And now, we mourn Debbie.

In this webinar we remember Debbie and to explore the impact of her music and its feminism and theology upon the way we live as Jews today. We listen to some of her music together sung by her friend Julie Silver, exploring her understanding of the relationship between life and death that may be revealed in her music. In the process, we learn more about Jewish understandings of death and the afterlife and hopefully find some consolation.

Following the formal presentation and questions, there is an open hour in which people share their stories of Debbie and thus explore Judaism’s insistence on the power of the community to bring healing.

Rabbi Brener raises many questions in her presentation including:

  • What was the world like at the time that Debbie began to sing?
  • What impact was she able to have on that world?
  • What does Judaism teach about the relationship between body and soul?
  • What does Judaism teach about the afterlife and what are some of those teachings?
  • How did Debbie’s use of female imagery and role models help to transform the role of women in the Jewish world?
  • What is the theology that might be mined from Debbie’s music

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R abbi Anne Brener, LCSW is a Los Angeles based psychotherapist and spiritual director and a frequent scholar –in-residence, who has assisted institutions- from Brazil to Israel and Africa and throughout North America- in creating caring communities. A prolific writer, she is the author of the acclaimed Mourning & Mitzvah: Walking the Mourner’s Path (Jewish Lights, 1993 & 2001) and has contributed chapters to LifeCycles: Jewish Women on Personal Milestones and Life PassagesJewish Pastoral CareJewish Spiritual DirectionMaking Prayer Work, and many other publications. She is a frequent columnist for the Los Angles Jewish Journal. Her work has been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, and several African dialects. Ordained as a Reform Rabbi in 2008, she is also a graduate of Hebrew Union College’s School of Communal Service, theUniversity of Southern California’s School of Social Work (1983), and San Francisco State University’s Department of Broadcast Communication Arts. Anne has taught at her alma mater, Hebrew Union College and is also on the faculty of Yedidya’s Morei Derekh- Jewish Spiritual Direction Program and on HUC’s Kalsman Institute of Judaism & Medicine’s advisory board. A New Orleans native, she spent three months doing relief work in the Gulf South following Katrina. Anne is the mother of Jen, 23, who has just graduated from New York University. Rabbi Brener is a member of Temple Israel of Hollywood.

For a list of her books, CLICK HERE.

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