Exploring ‘The End of Life’ with Sophocles
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KQED’ Forum with Michael Krasny

Death and saying goodbye—they are among life’s most mysterious and challenging phenomena. The theatrical production “End of Life” opens a dialogue about these experiences via staged readings of two Greek tragedies written by Sophocles. Artistic director Bryan Doerries joins Forum, along with award-winning actor David Strathairn and a palliative care expert, to discuss the show and making peace with mortality.

David Strathairn and Frances McDormand

David Strathairn and Frances McDormand

Guests:
David Strathairn, actor
Bryan Doerries, artistic director, Theater of War
Redwing Keyssar, palliative care director, Jewish Family and Children’s Services; author, “Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons for the Living from the Bedsides of the Dying”

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Posted by Admin on April 16, 2018
Marquee stars put the ultimate drama — death — onstage in S.F.
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J Weekly

By Laura Paull

As Sophocles surely knew, people often are able to absorb tragedy much more easily on a stage than in their own lives.

That’s the principle behind an upcoming performance at the Castro Theatre, where a New York-based theater collective will guide audiences to reflect on the ultimate drama we tend to avoid. After staged readings of scenes from two plays by the ancient Greek playwright, the ensemble will ask: Is death necessarily a tragedy?

Frances McDormand and David Strathairn

David Strathairn and Frances McDormand

“I see it, rather, as a transition,” says Judith Redwing Keyssar, palliative care director at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, sponsor of “End of Life: A Theatrical Exploration of Death, Dying and Suffering.”

Award-winning actors Frances McDormand and David Strathairn will headline the April 19 ensemble performance along with artistic director Brian Doerries and company manager Marjolaine Goldsmith. The marquee event is part of “Reimagine End of Life,” an April 16-22 series of public events throughout San Francisco exploring how our society could better deal with this inescapable fact of life.

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Posted by Admin on April 13, 2018
Holocaust survivors are dwindling, but their children are just getting started
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J Weekly

By Karen Galatz

The generation of Holocaust survivors may be passing, but thanks to a just-launched initiative in San Francisco, their testimonies will live on through their children and grandchildren.

grandmother and grandchild

Called the Next Generation Speakers Bureau, the initiative is the brainchild of Morgan Blum Schneider, director of Jewish Family and Children Services’ Holocaust Center. The bureau is designed to address the challenge of Holocaust education when the last of the survivors are gone.

“We want to ensure that the Holocaust remains a story of faces, not just a history of numbers,” said Alexis Herr, the Holocaust Center’s new associate director, who was hired with the specific task of leading the NGSB effort.

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Posted by Admin on April 12, 2018
Congress must listen—a majority of Americans say DACA recipients should stay
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Jilma L. Meneses and Anita Friedman

While there are many issues plaguing our immigration system, there is one inequality that we as a nation must resolve with urgency. Passing the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act will create a long overdue pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who were brought to our country as children and know no other home.

Photo: Jose Luis Magana, Associated Press

Time is running out. There are approximately 700,000 young people who are facing the loss of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections. Of those, about 200,000 DACA recipients are in California alone, and more than 70,000 are enrolled in our state’s universities and community colleges. These brave young people are going to school, caring for their families, building our communities and making incredible contributions to our society.

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Posted by Admin on December 19, 2017
Rekindling with Fire
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The Press Democrat

By Meg McConahey

FAUX FLAMES MAY BE A GOOD IDEA FOR THE FIRE-TRAUMATIZED THIS YEAR

It’s the season of soft light, when candles are flickering and hearth fires roaring. But in the aftermath of October’s firestorms, which destroyed thousands of homes in Sonoma County and shrouded the air with heavy smoke for days, many people may find themselves looking warily at those flames that used to symbolize cozy comfort and peace.

“Fire has been one of those things that keeps us warm and has always had positive memories,” said Diana Klein, director of the Sonoma County Regional service for Jewish Family Childrens Services. “But as the holiday season of fire-lit nights at home swings into high gear, people may have a new relationship around fire.”

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Posted by Admin on December 16, 2017
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