Seekers of Meaning 6/3/2022: Our Love Continues, Support Group for Bereaved Parents, with Rabbi Ilan Glazer and Cantor Hinda Labovitz

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Ilan Glazer and Cantor Hinda Labovitz discuss their support group for parents who have lost children, Our Love Continues.

Our Love Continues is a Facebook group, a dedicated space where Jewish parents who have experienced miscarriage, end of a wanted pregnancy, stillbirth, or death of a child can find meaning, resources, and community. Ilan and his wife Sherri helped start the group in response to the stillbirth of their son Shemaryah Zichri in January 2022.

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About the Guest

Rabbi Ilan Glazer

Rabbi Ilan Glazer is Co-Founder of the new Our Love Continues facebook group, a dedicated space where Jewish parents who have experienced miscarriage, end of a wanted pregnancy, stillbirth, or death of a child can find meaning, resources, and community. Ilan and his wife Sherri helped start the group in response to the stillbirth of their son Shemaryah Zichri in January 2022. If you belong in the group, we’d be honored to have you join us. facebook.com/groups/OurLoveContinues (Note: In order to keep the group a safe space, the 3 screening questions are required – please answer them completely when you ask to join). Ilan is working on an album of original melodies Shemaryah helped bring to the world. Hopefully these melodies and the group will continue to bring healing and comfort to all who need. 

Rabbi Ilan Glazer is also the Founder and Director of Our Jewish Recovery, which exists to uplift the hearts and souls of everyone impacted by addiction in the Jewish community. We aim to end the stigma of addiction in the Jewish community, and ensure that everyone impacted by addiction receives the support we all deserve. The private Our Jewish Recovery facebook group is the heart and soul of the community, where over 950 members share their experience, strength, hope, and support each other on their journey. In addition, Our Jewish Recovery has 12 weekly gatherings, with Torah study from a recovery lens, Jewish recovery book studies, and recovery meetings, along with classes, virtual retreats, and much more in the works. More information can be found at www.OurJewishRecovery.com and at facebook.com/groups/OurJewishRecovery (non-Jewish friends and allies are welcome to join). For far too long, the Jewish community has turned a blind eye to the prevalence and impact of addiction in our midst. Our Jewish Recovery is changing the conversation and providing hope and strength to all who come our way.

Ilan is also the author of And God Created Recovery, a sought-after speaker about recovery, grief and mourning, prayer, and spirituality, and a freelance recovery, spirituality, and transformation coach based in Baltimore. Ilan is always happy to connect with fellow travellers on the recovery path. Feel free to contact him at rabbiilan@ourjewishrecovery.com if he or Our Jewish Recovery can be of assistance. 

Cantor Hinda Eisen Labovitz

Cantor Hinda Eisen Labovitz is the Cantor and Religious School Director of Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where she has served since June 2014. She achieved ordination and a masters degree in Judaic studies at Hebrew College in Newton, MA in June of 2014. She is the two-time recipient of the Al Goldberg Scholarship in Jewish Music, and the 2013-2014 recipient of the Gideon Klein Scholarship from Northeastern University, for which she dedicated a year of independent study of the Westerbork Cabaret. Upon graduation, she also received the Israel Pollack Award for Excellence in Judaic Studies from Hebrew College.

Cantor Labovitz served as part-time ba’alat tefilah and tutor at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, MA, and as the assistant to the conductor for the Zamir Chorale of Boston, where she has been Mary Wolfman Epstein Conducting Fellow (2008-2009) and proud alto in Zamir from 2006-2014. She served as the Ritual Director at Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI from 2009-2012, after graduating with a B.A. in Religion with a concentration in Special Education from Boston University in 2009. She attended and worked at Ramah camps in the Berkshires, Wisconsin, and New England.

Cantor Hinda Labovitz is the mother of twins Judah and Devorah, and Ronen z”l. She is in a process of studying the whole Tanakh in Ronen’s memory.

As she collects, translates, writes, and is inspired by new and ancient prayers, Cantor Labovitz publishes them on  http://tekhines.wordpress.com/.

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