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Kehillah Service: The Amen Effect led by Sharron Swain

July 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am CDT

How do we manage times of hardship and fully embrace moments of joy—not alone, but in community? What does Jewish wisdom offer in terms of how we can truly show up for each other? Rabbi Sharon Brous grapples with these questions and more in her book The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World.

This monthly alternative service is called Kehillah, or community, and will include stories and practices based on this book, along with songs and silent reflections. Reading the book is not required, and you’re welcome to come to one or all nine sessions throughout the course of the year. Of course, reading the book will add richness to your experience, if you feel so moved. A copy of the book is available for browsing in the Reading Room at Beth-El.

Sharron Mendel Swain was raised in an interfaith family long before that was the norm, and has been a mindfulness practitioner her entire adult life.

A few FAQs:

Q: What is the relationship of The Amen Effect, by Rabbi Sharon Brous, to these sessions?

A: It is the inspiration for this 10-session series of alternative services focused on cultivating a deeper sense of belonging.

Q: Is this a book club?

A: It is not, and reading the book is not a requirement for coming.

Q: Is this just about loss?

A: While many of the stories Rabbi Brous uses in her book do touch on loss, what we are focusing on is the human experience, which includes both suffering and joy. How can we be with what is hard—for ourselves + others—in a way that makes life richer?

All are welcome to attend one or more of these monthly interactive sessions.


July 20
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Temple Beth-El
2179 Highland Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35205 United States
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