June 09

The Friends Open Mind Program with Rabbi Steve Leder-Wednesday, June 15

Open Mind


Registration is required for this event for Wed.,June 15th,2022


Please join UCLA’s Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind program with Rabbi Steve Leder, author of the critically acclaimed new book, For You When I Am Gone- Twelve Essential Questions to Tell a Life Story.   In his new intimate book, Rabbi Steve Leder, Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, inspires readers to examine their own lives and turn them into something beautiful and meaningful for generations to come. He advises the reader on the importance of and how to write an ethical will, a document that includes stories and reflections about our past. The document can include joys and regrets, and ultimately become both a way to remember a loved one who is gone and a primer on how to live a better, happier life. Included in the book are samples of ethical wills from a broad range of voices—old and young, with and without children, famous and unknown. David Reuben, MD, Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology and Chief, Division of Geriatrics at UCLA Health Sciences will join Rabbi Leder in a discussion that will be moderated by Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, Chief Innovation Officer for American Jewish University and Friends of Semel Advisory Board Member.
Rabbi Steve Leder is the author of five books: The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things, More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul, and the bestsellers More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us, and The Beauty of What Remains.  Dr. David Reuben is Chief, Division of Geriatrics at UCLA Health Sciences and the Archstone Foundation Chair and Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also the Director of the UCLA Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program. Dr. Reuben sustains professional interests in clinical care, education, research and administrative aspects of geriatrics, maintaining a clinical primary care practice of frail older persons and attending on inpatient and geriatric psychiatry units at UCLA. His bibliography includes more than 220 peer-reviewed publications in medical journals, 39 books and numerous chapters. He is the lead author of the widely distributed book, Geriatrics at Your Fingertips. Dr. Reuben is a past President of the American Geriatrics Society and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. He served for 11 years on the Geriatrics Test Writing Committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and for 8 years on the ABIM’s Board of Directors, including as Chair from 2010-2011. Rabbi Sherre Hirsch currently serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for American Jewish University developing the vision, strategic initiatives and implementation for all the campuses. Prior to AJU, Rabbi Hirsch served as Hillel International’s Senior Rabbinic Scholar. In her role as the spiritual leader for wellness and spirituality on 550 campuses worldwide, Hirsch focused on developing a culture that enriches students to become healthy, self-actualized and inspired to give back to the Jewish world. She launched her rabbinic career as the first woman rabbi at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles’s largest and oldest conservative synagogue. During her eight-year tenure on the pulpit, she was instrumental in the founding of Friday Night Live and other nationally-recognized innovative programming. Since then, she has published two books with Random House – We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head, an Amazon top 100 in all books, and Thresholds: How to Thrive Through Life’s Transitions to Live Fearlessly and Regret-Free – a Vanity Fair “Best Type.” Rabbi Hirsch has served as the Spirituality Consultant for Canyon Ranch Properties for 15 years, and most recently serves as the Spirituality Consultant for Miraval Properties, where she organizes retreats and leads workshops focused on grief, healing and spirituality. In addition, she is the co-founder of NotAlone, a mobile app empowering 18-24 year-olds to connect consciously and enhance their social and emotional wellbeing. She is also one of Jewish Women International’s Women to Watch.