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Death Over Dinner – Jewish Edition

The way we die is the most important conversation Americans are not having. Talking about death is not easy and we’re not used to it, but we believe that this conversation ultimately helps us appreciate the fullness of life.

People really did share and were vulnerable, and that part was great - to see that it’s possible even with total strangers.
Death Over Dinner Event Participant

We have gathered rabbis, theologians, and medical leaders to transform this potentially difficult conversation into one of deep engagement, insight and empowerment that everyone can be a part of. We welcome you to invite friends and family to fill a table. Whether you are a Jewish insider, on the margins or Jewish-adjacent, we welcome you to tap into some age-old Jewish wisdom around grieving and ritual, living and dying.

Learn more about how to host a dinner or partner with your organization at www.deathoverdinner-jewishedition.org


Rabbi Sharon Brous

Rabbi at IKAR and Reboot Faculty

Rabbi Sharon Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR (www.ikar-la.org), which launched in 2004 with the goal of reinvigorating Jewish tradition and practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice. IKAR, one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country, is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than one million people and translated into 14 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and in 2017, she spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized numerous times by The Forward and the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. Brous, who graduated from Columbia University and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, is an Auburn Senior Fellow, sits on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund.



Michael Hebb

Founder of Death Over Dinner

Michael is the Founder of Death Over Dinner and the End Of Life Collective (launches in May). His book “Let’s Talk About Death (Over Dinner)” appeared on bookshelves last year and has now been published in 12 countries. He has been gathering folks at the dinner table for the past 20 years and has worked closely with a long list of thought leadership organizations such as the World Economic Forum, The Obama Foundation, TED, Summit, ReBoot and many others. And… he strongly believes that the dinner table is one of the most effective tools to change culture.