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connect with the Forever Letter

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” ― Herman Melville

What does it mean to be connected? In today’s highly contentious and divided political climate, there’s an urgent need for people of all faiths and cultures to clarify, communicate, connect, and live our values into action. Hosts Zahra Hasanian and Brigitte Jia interview author of the new book, The Forever Letter, Rabbi Elana Zaiman who works to bridge and heal the values divide by helping people of all faiths and cultures to acknowledge, celebrate, and communicate their values, wisdom and love in powerful and lasting ways with the people who matter to them most. Zahra offers insights on how hope and connecting are healing partners and Brigitte takes music to a new level to connect the world.

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BIO: Elana Zaiman, the first woman rabbi from a family spanning six generations of rabbis, has spent her life bringing people together. She is the chaplain at The Summit at First Hill retirement community in Seattle and is a certified Wise Aging instructor. Elana is the Ethics and Spirituality writer at LivFun, a publication for Leisure Care retirement facilities in ten states. As a volunteer, Elana is a co-partner in Seattle Sewing Circles, bringing together Jews, Muslims, and Christians to create feminine hygiene kits for girls in Cameroon, Africa. Elana speaks and teaches regularly at synagogues, churches, interfaith gatherings, social service agencies, geriatric residencies, women’s organizations, and elder-law, healthcare, and financial and estate planning conferences. Over the years, Elana has served as a rabbi at synagogues around the country, Prior to her ordination, she was the Adult Program Associate at Brandeis-Bardin Institute.

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