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Jewish Communities and the Aftermath of Crises

  • Leisure World, The Chesapeake Room, Clubhouse #1 3700 Rossmoor Boulevard Silver Spring, MD, 20906 (map)

Jewish Enrichment

with Rabbi Seth Bernstein
Disaster Special Care Lead, American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake Region

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More and more often, Jewish communities are experiencing crises that were unthinkable twenty years ago (e.g. Chabad of Poway, Tree of Life in Pittsburgh). While most of these tragedies make the news, what happens to these communities once the crisis has abated is often left uncovered.

Seth Bernstein, a venerated rabbi and an experienced chaplain, is often called upon to help communities and families after such tragic events. His experiences from the World Trade Center destruction in 2001 to the shooting in Pittsburgh last year have caused him to recognize patterns that follow from these incidents. Such occurrences often leave the communities in disarray in their aftermath. Rabbi Bernstein will share his unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on the real needs of Jewish communities confronting such challenges.

This program is free and open to the public.
Advance registration is requested as spaces are limited.


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Rabbi Seth L. Bernstein was most recently the spiritual leader of Bet Aviv in Columbia, MD. He is a Board Certified chaplain and the Disaster Spiritual Care lead of the Greater Chesapeake Region of the American Red Cross. His most recent deployment was in October 2018 when he was one of three American Red Cross disaster spiritual care team members to respond immediately in the first week following the shootings in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.