After Effects: Andrea Gilats in Conversation with Rabbi Morris Allen

The Minnesota JCC is pleased to present Andrea Gilats, author of After Effects: A Memoir of Complicated Grief, and honored guest Morris Allen, Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Jacob Synagogue, to discuss her intensely moving and revelatory memoir of enduring and emerging from exceptional grief.

St. Paul author Andrea Gilats suffered from a condition called prolonged grief disorder for almost two decades after her husband died of cancer in 1998 at the age of 52. Now, finally, she tells her heartbreaking story in After Effects, a highly praised memoir recently published by the University of Minnesota Press. Andrea will share true stories of her long, troubled journey from profound grief to a life of hope, and she and Rabbi Allen will talk candidly about keeping faith after loss, however we define that.

Rabbi Allen has long reflected on the stunning role that Jewish tradition has played in addressing prolonged grief. How do our losses affect our faith journeys? Can traditional Jewish mourning and remembrance practices help us heal? His work at Beth Jacob underscored the concept that “closure” is never truly possible when losing a loved one, but that reintegration and reinterpretation of the relationship must occur.

After the conversation, Andrea’s memoir, After Effects, will be available for purchase from independent St. Paul bookseller SubText Books. Andrea will sign books for all who wish.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrea Gilats, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, artist, and former yoga teacher who was the cofounder and longtime director of the University of Minnesota’s legendary Split Rock Arts Program, a nationally renowned series of residential workshops in visual art and creative writing. In addition to After Effects, she is the author of Restoring Flexibility: A Gentle Yoga-Based Practice to Increase Mobility at Any Age (Ulysses Press, 2015), as well as many essays and articles about aging.

RABBI ALLEN
Rabbi Morris J. Allen served as Rabbi of Beth Jacob synagogue since August of 1986, retiring in 2018, where social justice issues were a vital part of his spiritual leadership. He led the Conservative movement’s work on producing Magen Tzedek or Justice Certification, and has served as a member of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Commission on Human Sexuality, is an outspoken advocate for the security of the Jewish state of Israel, and has been involved with Jewish Community Action’s work on behalf of non-documented workers, particularly in the Hispanic community.

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Date:
June 2
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Minnesota JCC
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Capp Center St. Paul
1375 ST. PAUL AVE
St. Paul, MN 55116 United States
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