“A Father’s Kaddish”: Film Screening and Q&A With Director and Subject

Top Pick March 22, 2023 Brookline Free
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Steven Branfman in “A Father’s Kaddish” by Jennifer Kaplan (Promotional still)

How does a father go on after the loss of his 23-year-old son from brain cancer? In “A Father’s Kaddish,” Steven Branfman, a potter and teacher, began his grief process by making one Japanese tea bowl (chawan). He continues by making a new bowl every day for a year after his son Jared’s death. This was his way of saying kaddish (the Jewish mourning prayer). From one man’s poignant story at the intersection of love, art and ritual comes a universal lesson for all who have experienced loss.

The screening of the film will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with director Jen Kaplan and film subject Steven Branfman, both from the Boston area.

Run time for the film will be approximately 30 minutes. Learn more about this award-winning film and watch the trailer here.

The event will be in the chapel. Please use the Marshal Street entrance by the parking lot. 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Ohabei Shalom
1187 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
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