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Reaching Out: Spirituality and the LGBTQ Community

Presented by Suburban Temple-Kol Ami, The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Hospice of the Western Reserve, and Equality Ohio with generous support from MetroHealth

Join Us on Thursday, June 7, 2018  for a full day continuing education program* for Social Workers, Case Managers, Psychologists and other helping professionals to increase their understanding and sensitivity to the distinct needs of the LGBTQ community. (*4.5 CEU's pending).

This program is open to all members of the community...especially our congregants!

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Keynote Presentation:

Strengthening and serving LGBTQ individuals and communities:  Spiritual Perspective

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell will introduce spiritual care as part of a comprehensive program of services for the LGBTQ community.  Integrating spirituality within a service delivery framework can strengthen both the client and their care communities.

 

Feature Presentation:

Strengthening and serving LGBTQ individuals and communities:  Physical Perspective

Dr. Mark McLoney will discuss gender identity, encompassing gender expression, orientation, sexuality and other characteristics represented in the LGBTQ community.  With a stronger understanding of physical characteristics, healthcare professionals can create safer spaces and provide more personalized care.

 

Breakout Session topics include:

 Session A Legal and Lived LGBTQ Equality in Ohio

Gwen Stembridge will identify laws at the federal, state and local levels that affect LGBTQ individuals and communities. A conversation surrounding best practice and respectful terminology will be facilitated as part of this session.

Session BHomosexuality: A Matter of Mind, Body & Spirit and                         Care at End of Life 

Stephen C. Blonder Adams MDiv will review potential barriers and areas of discrimination in health care delivery systems for the LGBTQ community. An inventory of resources needed by LGBTQ patients at the end of life will be identified.

Session C:  LGBTQ Terminology and Sensitivity

Phyllis Harris, MNO will share experiences of several LGBTQ identified people and assist participants in creating safe, welcoming and culturally aware spaces.

Session DCreativity and Spirituality in the LGBTQ Community

Mollie Borgione, MA, ATR-BC will describe the connection between art, spirituality and ritual in the LGBTQ community.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in an art activity that will connect art and spirituality. Seating is limited to 24.

                   

Concluding Session:

Going forth:  Integrating new perspectives on serving the LGBTQ community

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell will review educational "take-aways" from the day and assist attendees in creating a realistic commitment for implementing ideas learned throughout the day.

Keynote Speaker 

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell

Rabbi Elwell has been teaching and writing about Jewish women's history and feminist spirituality for the past 20 years.  She is the founding Director of American Jewish Congress Feminist Center in Philadelphia and co-author of The Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation

 

 

Featured Speaker 

Dr. Mark McLoney

Dr. Mark McLoney is a primary care doctor at MetroHealth. He is affiliated with MetroHealth’s Pride Network, which is comprised of physicians who understand the specific needs of LGBTQ patients.

 

Early Bird Registration :   April 18 to May 18 ($36)

Regular Registration:  May 19 to June 4 ($54)

 

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Reaching Out: Spirituality and the LGBTQ Community Presented by Suburban Temple-Kol Ami, The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Equity Ohio, and the Hospice of the Western Reserve and with generous support from MetroHealth

OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY: We invite members of the clergy to attend this event on Friday, June 8th at 8:30 am. A breakfast forum where clergy of many faith traditions will learn and engage in conversations centering on the unique needs of their LGBTQ congregants, presented by MetroHealth.

If you are a clergy member and are interested in attending, please call the office at 216.991.0700.

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Reaching Out: Spirituality and the LGBTQ Community Presented by Suburban Temple-Kol Ami, The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Equity Ohio, and the Hospice of the Western Reserve and with generous support from MetroHealth

Join us on Friday, June 8th at 6:00 pm for an inclusive Pride Shabbat service open to the community. For this special Shabbat service, we ask that guests RSVP either by email or call the Temple office. Our guest speaker will be Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell: “In God’s Image: How LGBTQI Individuals and Families Enrich Jewish Community”.

There will be a special pre-oneg starting at 5:30 pm. We hope you will be able to attend!

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RSVP via phone: 216.991.0700

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Reaching Out: Spirituality and the LGBTQ Community Presented by Suburban Temple-Kol Ami, The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Equity Ohio, and the Hospice of the Western Reserve and with generous support from MetroHealth

Join us on Saturday, June 9th at 7:30pm for a joyful end to our program with food, music, and sunset ritual. Reservations for this event can be made via email or by calling the Temple office.

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RSVP via phone: 216.991.0700

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Open Doors - 2017/18 Membership Renewal

Open Doors 2017/18 renewal forms were mailed to all current members in June 2017.  If you wish to renew online, please login to your account and then click on the Open Doors on the menu bar.  You will see the link to the renewal form in the drop-down menu.

If you haven't yet renewed for the current fiscal year, please do so as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Torah Talk

THE PRIESTLY BENEDICTION

God spoke to Moses: Speak to Aaron and his sons: Thus shall you bless the people of Israel.  Say to them:

            May God bless you and protect you.

            May God deal kindly and graciously with you.

            May God bestow God’s favor upon you and grant you peace.

Thus shall they link My name with the people of Israel, and I will bless them.

                                                                                                            ~Numbers 6:22-27

 

These words from this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Naso, are called the Priestly Benediction and are some of the most well-known in the Book of Numbers.  They are the words of blessing with which we conclude every service here at ST-KA, and they are also the words we invoke at special times throughout the life-cycle, such as circumcisions and naming ceremonies, B’nai Mitzvah, Confirmations and weddings. 

 

I have always found deep meaning in these words because they not only bestow God’s blessing upon us, but they offer us the opportunity to bless one another as well.  They link us not only to God and our tradition, but also to each other.  And they remind us of the many and varied opportunities we have each day to give and receive blessings.  The rabbis of the Talmud taught that a person should recite 100 blessings each day.  Could you imagine finding 100 reasons each day to feel grateful, to offer thanks to God, to offer blessings to each other.  May we not only imagine it, may we live it!



~ Rabbi Shana Nyer

Thu, May 24 2018 10 Sivan 5778