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Interfaith Program


RIMON presents:   

Second Annual Interfaith Forum on

Death, Dying and the Afterlife




Part One: Interfaith clergy panel presents the spiritual beliefs and rituals related to the process of dying, death and the afterlife.


Part Two: Facilitated discussions on preparation for end of life, the grieving process, hospice care, community support for the bereaved, and home funeral.


Interfaith Panel

Imam Bilal Ansari, Islam

The Rev. Liza Marcato, The Christian Community 

The Rev. Anne E. Ryder, Protestant Christianity 

Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman, Judaism 

Bo Gak Sunim, Korean Zen Buddhism 

Jyoti Swaminathan, Psy.D., Hinduism


Group Presenters

Deborah Golden Alecson,MS,  Educator,Excelsior College

Ann-Elizabeth Barnes, Sacred Undertakings 

The Rev. Richard Hayes, Hospice Chaplain 

Dr. Stephen Kaufman, Hospice Physician

Susie Kaufman, Retired Hospice Chaplain



Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
1 - 5 pm

 Berkshire South Community Center

Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA


CO-SPONSORS: Christ Church Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran Church, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, The Christian Community Church, 

South Berkshire Friends Meeting, UCC of Stockbridge, Women's Interfaith Institute


This project is supported by grants from the Berkshire Kripalu Community, the Wassermann-Streit Y'DIYAH Memorial Fund and the Marian M. Warden Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities


For more information contact:

Deborah Golden Alecson (413) 881-4065 dalecson@msn.com 


Morning Prayer and Jewish Meditation



Join us for..

A Contemplative Morning Prayer Experience

...through gentle chanting of morning prayers, niggunim (wordless melodies),
and Jewish meditation.

Wednesdays Feb. 5th,  12th and 19th 

10:00 am - 11:00 am

358 North Plain Rd. Housatonic

Donations to support our offerings are greatly appreciated.
Please let us know if you are planning to attend by emailing: kaya@rimonberkshires.or


About Us 



Rimon, the Hebrew word for pomegranate, is symbolic of our mission to disperse the seeds of Jewish spirituality to transform and raise consciousness for the sake of healing and repairing our world.


RImon offers the treasures of Jewish spiritual wisdom and traditions to any 

and all seekers, wherever they may be on their spiritual journey. 

We embrace diversity. Everyone is welcome.


Rimon is an affiliate of Jewish Federation of the Berkshires 


413-274-1034,  info@rimonberkshires.org