The Shabbat Shalem program is an in-town Shabbaton held several times per year, aimed at Jewish educational growth and community building. It offers a complete Shabbat experience, including communal learning and meal, activities for children and joyful Shabbat celebration. Following Friday night services, the Kabalat Shabbat dinner draws up to 80 people for a communal meal before people re-gather in the sanctuary for learning. The Scholar in Residence presides over a combination lecture/torah study session. Classes reconvene the next day, following Saturday morning services. Exposure to such a variety of amazing torah scholars has ignited and deepened the passion for learning in our community. It can transform the way that people become lifelong learners.

To see a list of past visiting scholars, click here. 

MAY 19-21

Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Shabbat Dinner: 7:45 pm (please click here to register)
Talk with R. Jason Weiner: 8:45 pm: “Real Stories from the Front Lines: The Challenges and Opportunities of Being an Orthodox Hospital Chaplain”

Sermon by R. Jason Weiner: 11:00 am
Pre-Mincha learning with R. Jason Weiner 6:30 pm: “Physician Assisted Suicide: Halachic and Psycho-Social issues that have arisen since the passing of California’s End of Life Options Act”

SUNDAY, MAY 21 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
An opportunity to learn about advanced medical directives from the perspective of Jewish Law with practical guidance from R. Jason Weiner. Participants will be able to complete their own advance directives during the session. Open to all adults, ages 18+.
Program includes:

  • Study session with Jason Weiner on the relevant issues in Jewish law
  • Small group discussions modeled on “The Conversation Project” (http://theconversationproject.org/)
  • Resources to complete and sign individual advance directives.

Rabbi Weiner and Maharat Victoria will be on hand to answer individual questions. Materials will be provided to bring home to family members/friends who cannot attend in person.

R Jason Weiner, BCC, serves as the senior rabbi and manager of the Spiritual Care Department, where he is responsible for the chaplaincy team and all aspects of spiritual care at Cedars-Sinai. Rabbi Weiner is the president-elect of the Southern California Board of Rabbis and has been honored with Rabbinic Leadership Awards from the Orthodox Union and Chai Lifeline. He is a member of the Cedars-Sinai End of Life Committee, the Organ Donor Council and the Bioethics Committee, for which he serves on the internal advisory board. Rabbi Weiner is also the rabbi of Knesset Israel Synagogue of Beverlywood, he teaches a Talmud class at Shalhevet High School, and he frequently serves as a scholar-in-residence at conferences and synagogues throughout the nation on topics related to Jewish medical ethics, pastoral care, health and wellness. He is the author of Guide to Observance of Jewish Law in a Hospital (Kodesh Press) and has published more than two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a number of “popular” pieces.