FEATUREOctober 2023

Jewish Family Service Annual Luncheon featuring Rabbi Sharon Brous


Jewish Family Service of San Diego‘s annual signature luncheon returns, this year at the Hilton La Jolla at Torrey Pines, on Thursday, November 2 with nationally renowned Rabbi and author, Sharon Brous, for a discussion on human connection.

The event with Rabbi Brous is scheduled from 12 to 2 p.m. Named as the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek, Rabbi Brous is the founding and senior rabbi of IKAR, a leading-edge Jewish community based in Los Angeles. Her TED talk “Reclaiming Religion” has been translated into 23 languages and her first book, The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World, will be released in January 2024.

During the intimate and thought-provoking conversation, Rabbi Brous will explore the topic of human connection and its power to transform the way we think, feel, and live. Drawing from ancient Jewish wisdom and contemporary social science, guests will gain a greater understanding for connection, kinship, and how to create a more loving and just society.

“Rabbi Brous’s role as a spiritual leader offers invaluable lessons on how San Diegans can strengthen connections and foster kinship with others,” said JFS CEO Michael Hopkins. “Events like our Signature Luncheon allow JFS to connect with and address the needs of our community through open conversations about the struggles we face. We are honored to welcome Rabbi Brous to this discussion.”

With the wars in Ukraine and Israel, the transformative power of human connection is being sought worldwide. JFS Senior Director of Jewish Care Carole Yellen believes the event has taken on greater importance for the community. “This year’s JFS Signature Luncheon provides a unique opportunity to be in community, see each other, and most importantly, to find hope and resiliency. Together, we will stand in unity as we learn from Rabbi Brous about how connection and kinship can helps us navigate today’s news and tomorrow’s challenges,” said Yellen.

To register or for more information, visit www.jfssd.org/Luncheon2023


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