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Fall Keynote: What's Death Got To Do With It?

  • Weinstein JCC 5403 Monument Avenue Richmond, VA, 23226 United States (map)

Hidden within the human spiritual quest is the desperate urge to escape death. Whether we talk about heaven, hell, reincarnation, past life regression, or eating jade to achieve immortality, we may simply be dealing with an ego-centered worldview that insists, "I am too important to be temporary."

Flying in from Nashville, our guest speaker and keynote address for this fall is Rabbi Rami Shapiro! Explore your own beliefs about life and death as he speaks to his personal discoveries about the nature of death and how one's beliefs about the ‘next life’  greatly reflect how our current lives are lived.

Shapiro introduces a nondual understanding of birth and death as a seamless process of divine unfolding. He invites us to examine closely how conventional dualistic worldviews promote an ego-centric spirituality instead of authentic awakening. 

Guest Speaker
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award–winning author of over thirty books on religion and spirituality. Rami received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a Ph.D. from Union Graduate School. Rami was initiated into the Ramakrishna Order of Vedanta Hinduism by Swami Swahananda in 2011.  

A congregational rabbi for 20 years and a Professor of Religious Studies for 10, Rabbi Rami writes the Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler column for Spirituality and Health magazine and hosts the magazine’s weekly podcast, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami (

Among Rami’s many books are: The Sacred Art of Loving–kindness, The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature, Recovery: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice, and Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent. Visit Rabbi Rami at his website:

Weinstein JCC
The Float Zone
Natural Awakenings Magazine of Greater Richmond
Sacred Waters Holistic Spa & Boutique

$25 members | $35 non-members | $10 Student (valid student ID required at check in)

To make this programming accesible to all, discounted rates and scholarships for the keynote are available. If interested please contact for more information.

Tuesday, October 10th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Earlier Event: September 14
Paying Attention to Dying while Living
Later Event: October 11
A Deep Dive Into Perennial Wisdom