Beside Still Waters Dedication

Rabbi Dr. Shohama Harris Wiener

Beside Still Waters seeks presence and wholeness in the shadow of absence and loss. Amidst a loved one’s illness and death, the eminently human journey of caring, losing, grieving, yearning, confounding, rising and renewing often asks all that we are – and sometimes more than we feel we can be.

Shohama Harris Wiener has been our teacher and mentor in these ways of spirit. Shohama’s decades of service blazed trails in spirituality and clergy formation, attuning hundreds of spiritual leaders and seekers to the life of the soul.

As President of the Academy for Jewish Religion, Shohama was history’s first woman to lead a Jewish seminary, infusing tradition with deep spiritual wisdom. As the first Rosh Hashpa’ah (Head of Spiritual Direction) and Founding Director of the Hashpa’ah training program at ALEPH, Shohama wove a tapestry of spirituality and clergy training unique in modern Jewish life. As rabbi of Temple Beth El of City Island (New York, NY), Shohama has modeled authenticity of spirit and awakened countless others to the possibility of joyfully spiritual Judaism in their own lives. As wife, mother, grandmother, mentor and friend, Shohama’s gently empowering ways have nourished both her own family and a soul family that spans the globe.

Because Shohama’s presence resonates so deeply in our lives and our rabbinates, we lovingly dedicate this volume to Shohama. We are grateful beyond measure for all that Shohama continues to teach, the Waters of Healing that are her life’s wellspring, and the expanding circle of students who serve in her legacy.

Marianne Williamson’s words about spirit aptly describe Shohama’s life: “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

In the merit of our teacher, so may it be for all whom this volume supports on the soul’s journey of love, loss and healing.

Rachel, Evan, David and Jennifer
October 20, 2017 • 30 Tishrei 5778

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