What Matters is an initiative in the New York Jewish community that highlights the importance of advance care planning. Adapting the national Respecting Choices model developed by Gundersen Health System, What Matters sponsors caring conversations and educational programming within our sacred communities about death and dying. Join us for a series of opportunities this year designed to generate thinking and comfort, and to engage Jewish values around our approach to the end of life.
Join us for the most important conversation Americans are not having. Death Over Dinner—Jewish Edition is an interactive experience designed to transform a difficult conversation into one everyone can join. The ritual of breaking bread will slow us down, create warmth and connection, and put us in touch with our humanity. Discussing our hopes and ideas about the end of life helps us affirm who we are and what we care most about, and leaves us better able to navigate and appreciate the fullness of life. Tap into age-old Jewish wisdom around grieving and ritual, living and dying, for a conversation that will be engaging, empowering, and even uplifting. Dinner will be served.
Mondays, Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11 at 7:00 PM
Rabbi Juliana S. Karol leads a three-part series that explores how culture shapes our conceptions of death as a critical part of life, and how Jewish tradition speaks to these themes. Using one book, one movie, and a series of works of visual art, we will explore how our own ideas and experiences might align with or differ from depictions of death and dying. Please note: The first session will focus on visual art, and there is no pre-work required.
In this time of increasingly sophisticated medical technology, the potential exists for each of us to feel assured that our healthcare wishes will be known, respected, and honored. CRS has trained What Matters facilitators to help guide you through the advance care planning process to: choose an agent who can speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself; complete or update an advance directive; and have “the conversation” with loved ones.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an individual conversation. Look for additional opportunities throughout the year to attend small group sessions to learn more about What Matters.