All JFS workshops are free and open to the public!


Workshops at JFS ensure that all members of the Jewish community and the community at large have access to education and support for a range of family life issues. We provide events designed to strengthen individuals, families and the community.

Topics discussed in past workshops include eating disorders, Alzheimer’s, caregiver support and others.

Q&A with Elana Zaiman, Author of the Forever Letter: Writing What We Believe for Those We Love

Join us on Monday, January 31st, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., for a Q&A with Elana Zaiman, author of the Forever Letter: Writing What We Believe for Those We Love. Inspired by the medieval tradition of the ethical will, Rabbi Zaiman will introduce us to forever letters, what they are, why we write them, and how they can be powerful tools to connect us with the people we love. In forever letters, we can share our wisdom and guidance, ask for and offer forgiveness, express our gratitude, support and love. Through inspirational stories, sample letters and writing guidance, The Forever Letter serves as a companion on a transformational journey of self-discovery and deepening relationships.

About the Author: Elana is the first woman rabbi from a family spanning six generations of rabbis. She travels throughout North America as a scholar-in-residence, inspirational speaker, and workshop facilitator. She’s a chaplain at The Summit at First Hill, a retirement community in Seattle; a certified Wise Aging instructor (IJS), and Adjunct Faculty at Seattle’s Harborview Hospital CPE Program. Elana served as the Ethics and Spirituality columnist for LivFun, a publication for Leisure Care retirement facilities in 10 states, and she has been published in The Gettysburg ReviewThe SunPost RoadAmerican Letters & Commentary, and elsewhere. Elana also volunteers as a co-partner in the Seattle Limbe Sewing Circle, an intergenerational and interracial community which brings together Jews, Muslims, and Christians to create feminine hygiene kits for girls in Cameroon, Africa. Elana lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband.

This program is free and open to the public, and will be held virtually on Zoom.

The first 25 registrants will receive a free copy of The Forever Letter by Rabbi Elana Zaiman.

Registration is required. Click here to RSVP and register online or call 413.737.2601.

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