***VIRTUAL*** Designing Our Well-Being: Drawing from Medicine and Jewish Tradition

May 27, 2020 to June 10, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


In three interactive online workshops, you will gain practical strategies and tools for “well-being” in this time of disruption and beyond.

Suffering—physical, psychological, social and spiritual—is increasing as a result of the pandemic crisis. How do we, as individuals and as a community, go forward when there is no turning back?

Join us for a series of three complimentary community workshops in which we draw on research and teaching in Medicine, stories from spiritual care, and Jewish tradition to find positive emotions, meaning, and connection. We will leave with practical strategies for well-being during these disruptive times, including tools for spiritual fitness and designing a path forward.


Session 1 - Wednesday May 27 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Living with Disruption and Uncertainty

In our first session together, we will take stock of where we are in our individual lives. Drawing from research and teaching in Medicine, stories from spiritual care, and Jewish tradition, we will explore the key elements of well-being, including essential practical concerns, spirituality and what matters most. We will leave with practical steps for designing a way forward, and living with increasing joy.

Session 2 - Wednesday, June 3; 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Finding Your Way When There Is No Map

In this session, we will discuss dealing with loss, change, and uncertainty, and in a way that allows for a fullness of living, including demystifying death. As we explore our key relationships with self, others, and the Transcendent, we will demonstrate essential tools for daily living that move us toward where we aim to be.

Session 3 - Wednesday, June 10, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Moving Forward with Joy and Purpose

In the first two sessions of this series, we have disclosed perspectives and practices for meaningful living in a time of disruption and uncertainty. In this session we will focus on designing a path specific to you and your situation, and provide practical strategies for making your way with joy, purpose, and well-being.

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Jewish Family And Children's Services
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Chaplain Bruce D. Feldstein, MD, BCC
Chaplain Bruce Feldstein, MD, BCC is the founder and director of JFCS Jewish Chaplaincy Services, serving Stanford Medicine, and Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. After specializing in emergency medicine for 19 years, an injury led him to a deeper sense of his life’s work, as a chaplain. Bruce was a visiting scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and completed his chaplaincy training in 2000 in Stanford’s Clinical Pastoral Education program. He developed and teaches an award-winning curriculum on spirituality and well-being for medical students and faculty at Stanford School of Medicine. Chaplain Dr. Feldstein received the John Templeton Spirituality and Medicine Curricular Award and was the first recipient of the Isaac Stein Award for Compassionate Care presented by the Stanford Health Care Board of Directors. He is recognized as a Board Certified Chaplain by Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, the professional association for Jewish chaplains worldwide, where he was a past president. He has taught and published widely. Bruce is member of Congregations Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, Beth Jacob in Redwood City and Beth Am in Los Altos.
Mimi Ezray, LCSW, MPH
Mimi has worked with children, teens, and families in schools and clinical settings for almost 30 years. Her areas of specialization include working with children and families on challenges such as anxiety, anger, depression, social skills, coping with difficult life transitions, and post adoption issues. In addition, she has done multiple presentations and led groups in school and community settings on a variety of topics such as, “Anxiety and Your Child,” “Developmental Red Flags,” and “Friendship Issues for Girls.” Mimi has overseen our Children’s Clinical Program on the Peninsula since 2012. She has a dual Masters degree in Social Work and Public Health from University of California, Berkeley.