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Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service

1st Fridays: 7:30pm-9:30pm.

Shlichat Tzibur Julie Batz and Susan Halpern
Acts of LovingKindness / G’milut Chasadim

Have you ever found yourself wanting to support a friend who is ill, but at a loss for what to say? We are blessed to have the leader of our Heart2Heart Committee, Susan Halpern, share the wisdom of her work and book, The Etiquette of Illness, at our April 5 Kabbalat Shabbat service. This is a wonderful opportunity to find ways to connect in our community through acts of g’milut chasadim – acts of lovingkindness.

Oneg provided by Susan Halpern and Rani Cochran.

Susan P. Halpern is a social worker and psychotherapist. Susan has led many support groups for people with cancer, in NY where she used to live, and here in Berkeley. From her own experience, and the experiences of the people in her groups, Susan wrote a book called The Etiquette of Illness, What to Say When you Can’t Find the Words. Susan is the mother of 3 children, and grandmother of 6.  Susan lives in Berkeley with her husband, Charlie. They have been members of Chochmat for close to 20 years and Susan is the new facilitator of our Heart 2 Heart committee

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. says about Susan:
“At last! Help for those difficult moments when those we love are suffering. Susan Halpern is the wise and compassionate expert we yearn for when our hearts are full but our words fail us. The Etiquette of Illness is a timeless blessing for all those who care.”

There will also be an art opening for Sonia Gill this evening, Sonia will feature family members and friends in dramatic compositions that explore unposed moments of intensity. More about Sonia


April 5


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Chochmat Halev
2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States



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