Charles E. Smith

Life Communities

Spirituality and Chronic Illness: How Faith Leaders Can Help and Support Their Community
Charles E. Smith Life Communities

Join fellow faith leaders for this complimentary seminar and luncheon featuring Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser, Karen Paul-Stern, the Washington director of New Israel Fund, and Andrew Trice, PhD, author of Cancer Chameleon.  

The panel discussion, moderated by Rabbi James Michaels, director of Pastoral Care at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, will include Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for Our Parents and Senior Fellow at The Urban Institute, and Elizabeth Baklarz, Faith Community Nurse Coordinator, Holy Cross Faith Community Nurse Program.

Note: The program begins promptly at 11:15 a.m. This free event is part of Charles E. Smith Life Communities Clergy Outreach Program.

Dietary Laws will be observed. RSVP is required as space is limited.

Speaker Information:

Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser
 joined Temple Sinai in July 2014 as Associate Rabbi. He was ordained in 2009 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Adam grew up in Ann Arbor, MI, and received a BA in History from the University of Michigan. Before working at Temple Sinai, Adam spent five years as Assistant then Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA.

Adam works closely with congregants in the realms of pastoral care and adult education. He is passionate about creating meaningful Jewish experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds. Adam is married to Shalom Rosenberg. They live in Cleveland Park with their dog Phaedra and their cat Shachar. In his free time, Adam enjoys cooking (and eating), swimming, musical theater, and cheering on his beloved Michigan Wolverines. If you're lucky, he may play his ukulele for you.

Karen Paul-Stern, a professional fundraiser and writer, is the Washington director for the New Israel Fund, the premiere organization dedicated to promoting social justice and democracy in Israel. Since 2015, when her husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Karen has been writing a regular blog of her experience as a caregiver. She and Jonathan published two articles in the Washington Post about their lives as both a patient and a caregiver. Jonathan, who died in June 2016, and Karen, are being honored with the Jews United for Justice's Heschel Vision Award this fall for their activism and willingness to put a public face on issues of illness, caregiving, death, and the need for paid family leave policies. Karen lives in Takoma Park, MD, with her three children.

Dr. Andrew Trice, PhD, and author of Cancer Chameleon, offers the means for everyone to tailor their own approach to chronic illness. The book helps each individual, patient or caregiver, find answers to the fundamental questions every person with a chronic illness faces. Cancer Chameleon is grounded in the author's experience living with pancreatic cancer and his lifelong professional experience as a systems analyst. The book is supported by current, on-point research, and infused with heavy doses of humor. It is a no-nonsense approach to a very serious topic. 


11:00 a.m.  Check in
11:15 a.m.  Keynote 
12:00 p.m.  Lunch
12:45 p.m.  Panel discussion
1:45 p.m.  Q&A
2:00 p.m.  Conclusion of program

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Smith-Kogod Residence, Social Hall
6121 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852
United States

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