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4th Annual Scholar-in-Residence with Rabbi Elana Zaiman

November 10, 2019 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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One event on November 8, 2019 at 7:15 pm

One event on November 9, 2019 at 12:15 pm

One event on November 10, 2019 at 9:00 am

CNS and the Suher family announce the fourth annual Scholar in Residence program in memory of Yoni Suher (z”l), featuring Rabbi Elana Zaiman, author of Forever Letters. More at:


Wed, Nov 6, 6pm Dinner, 7pm Talk
Navigating the Teen Years: Opening the Door to Conversation and Connection
Teens, parents, and grandparents, using texts and stories, will explore how to create greater connection during these years and beyond.


Fri, Nov 8, 7:15pm dinner and talk
Connecting In These Times of Political and Social Unrest
What we are feeling is real and we are not alone. Through stories and teachings, Rabbi Zaiman helps us to better connect with ourselves and with the ones we love.


Sat, Nov 9, 12:15pm lunch and study
What Makes a Forever Letter Resonate
Sharing values, wisdom, and experiences from medieval times to today, Rabbi Zaiman will look at excerpts of letters as templates for creating Forever Letters of our own.


Sun, Nov 10, 9am brunch and talk
The Forever Letter Writing Experience
Connect with ourselves and those we love, as we learn to share our stories and write as we would like to be heard. You don’t have to be a writer. You don’t have to love to write or know who you are writing to. Show up and be yourselves. Bring your favorite pad, pen, or notebook, and we will provide brunch.


Complimentary meals are provided at each talk with RSVP.

RSVP at: or contact:, 503.246.8831. Seating is limited.


About Rabbi Elana Zaiman

Rabbi Elana Zaiman, the author of The Forever Letter is the first woman Rabbi from a family spanning six generations of Rabbis. She’s also a chaplain and travels throughout the US and Canada as a Scholar-in-Residence, speaker and workshop facilitator.

Through empowering stories, sample letters and writing tips, Rabbi Zaiman serves as our guide on a journey into Forever Letters, what they are, why write them, and how they can deepen, heal and uplift our relationships.

Elana lives with her husband and son in Seattle.


“More than any time in our recent history, it’s critically important for families to come together and share their love and support of one another. Elana Zaiman’s The Forever Letter offers tools, guidelines, and examples for grandparents and parents to share their love, respect, and values with the next generation.”

–Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul


This event, including all meals, is underwritten by the Stan and Ethel Katz Briller Jewish Education Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and the Yoni Suher Fund of Congregation Neveh Shalom.


November 10, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Congregation Neveh Shalom


Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane
Portland, OR 97239 United States
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