‘Healing, Transformative Gathering’ Planned At Adath Israel

The public is invited to support Newtown families who created foundations, scholarships, advocacy organizations and other memorials in sacred tribute to their loved ones slain in the Sandy Hook tragedy. The event will also assist surviving families still in need following the events of 12/14.

Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown will host the event, which will also include several local clergy members including Rabbi Shaul Praver, spiritual leader of Adath Israel; and Reverend Matthew Crebbin, senior pastor of Newtown Congregational Church, to offer blessings, prayers and words of spiritual healing.

The event will be Sunday, May 4, at Adath Israel, 115 Huntingtown Road. It will run from 2 to 3:30 pm.

The families and/or their representatives will share the vision or mission of their foundations.

In addition, Meryl and Stewart Ain, co-authors of a new book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, will engage the participants in a group discussion about the transformative power of doing great works in sacred tribute to dearly departed loved ones. Through interviews, anecdotes, essays, poems and photographs, the book details the many ways that “ordinary” people and celebrities incorporate the presence of their loves ones into their lives.

The goal of the project is to magnify the love response so that profound good can play a decisive role in transforming grief into a blessing that improves the world.

There is no charge to attend the event, but donations will be accepted. All proceeds raised from the event will go to the participating family foundations and surviving families impacted by the shooting. 

Copies of The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last will be given to those who make a minimum contribution of $36. Those who contribute a minimum of $50 will receive the book and a tote bag. Contributions of all amounts will be accepted and appreciated.

Refreshments will be served.

Rabbi Praver enthusiastically invites the community to attend.

“Come out and be part of this healing and transformative gathering,” he said. “It’s the way we move forward, sharing and supporting one another.”

For further information contact Rabbi Shaul Praver at rabbirock@optonline.net or 203-209-4662.

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