“How One Woman Changed the Face of American Judaism: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Cowan"

Sunday, August 30 at 9:45am to 1:00pm

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About Rachel Cowan & the Film:
This 60-minute film explores the extraordinary life and last months of Rabbi Rachel Cowan. Rachel Cowanwas a civil rights activist, community organizer, the first female Jew by choice ordained as a Rabbi, a beloved and influential mindfulness teacher, a grandmother, a wise elder. And then she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  Living each day fully, she turned dying into an opportunity to experience gratitude. http://dyingdoesntfeellikewhatimdoing.com

About the Panel:
Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Emerita of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, was the first woman to be selected through a national search to lead a major metropolitan synagogue as Senior Rabbi. She is a co-founder of the first synagogue based Village, ChaiVillageLA, which is part of the national Village Movement. She is a co-author with Richard Siegel (z"l) of Getting Good at Getting Older.
Paula Weiman-Kelman is a veteran documentary filmmaker known for moving portraits of inspiring women as well as complex mosaics with multiple characters.  Her films  "Eyes Wide Open"  and "Fringes"  explore fundamental issues in the contemporary Jewish world.  

Riv-Ellen Prell, Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of Minnesota received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her books include Prayer and Community: The Havurah in American Judaism; Interpreting Women's Lives: Personal Narratives and Feminist Theory (with the Personal Narratives Group); and Fighting to Become Americans: Jews, Gender and the Anxiety of Assimilation. 
Geoffrey Cowan is a lawyer, professor, author, and non-profit executive. He is currently a University Professor at the University of Southern California, where he holds the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and directs the Annenberg School's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

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Arts, Film Screening, Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Event Highlights


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Casden Institute
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