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Program

A Father’s Kaddish: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Saturday – March 9 2023 – 6:00 – 8:30 PM

In conjunction with our Exhibition, “A Father’s Kaddish: The Celebration of (a) Life in the Aftermath of Death,” we are proud to be partnering with the Maine Jewish Film Festival and the Parsonage Gallery on this screening of the documentary film, A Father’s Kaddish. The film is approximately 30 minutes long, after which there will be an interactive discussion on grieving and Jewish grief rituals. Personal input welcome; q&a encouraged; compassion, empathy, and understanding guaranteed.

    • A Father’s Kaddish: The Celebration of (a) Life in the Aftermath of Death

      Steven Branfman
      Maine Jewish Museum – Jody Sataloff History and Art Pavilion
      March 9 2023 – April 28 2023

      On September 27, 2005, internationally acclaimed potter and raku master Steven Branfman lost his 23-year-old son, Jared, to brain cancer. A week after Jared’s death, Steven went into his studio, took some clay, and made a chawan, a Japanese-style tea bowl. Each day for one year, he made one chawan– they were the only pots he made. Steven’s daily chawan made at his wheel was his own personal kaddish (the traditional Jewish prayer of mourning).