Scholar in Residence Weekend 2021 featuring Scott Fried
Scott Fried is a youth educator, international award-winning speaker, and writer. As a person living with HIV for more than three decades, he was part of and survived that 20th-century pandemic, where his HIV/AIDS support group became the inspiration for the Broadway musical “RENT.” Scott’s work spotlights the teenage years, shining a powerful message of love, responsibility, and self-respect.
Friday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat Services: “I Raise My Cup of Rescue and Call on God’s Name”
In this initial talk that introduces Scott to our community, we will examine the different types of prayers that can bring us into a closer relationship with God. Together, we will learn a new prayer to help us through post-pandemic life.
Saturday, November 6th at 9:30 a.m. – Shabbat morning Torah Study Parasha Toledot: “AIDS, Covid and the Meaning of Life”
What can the AIDS pandemic teach us about living in a time of Covid? Using lessons learned from the many friends who died of AIDS at the height of that pandemic, Scott will take us on an important journey of survival and healing.
Saturday, November 6th, 4:00-5:30 p.m. – “Am I Enough? A Survival Guide for High School students”
Addressing teens’ feelings of vulnerability, isolation and loss, Scott will teach our teens how to grow through adversity and understand the meaning of being enough.
Sunday, November 7th, 9:00-10:30 a.m. – “How to talk to the Creature in your car: The ABCs of Gen Z Parenting”
Based on his most recent book for parents and grandparents of teens, Scott will offer us specific ideas and techniques on communicating and on parenting through this difficult time.
Sunday, November 7th, 11:00-11:45 a.m. – “When Life Hurts: A talk for 8th-10thgraders”
When Jacob wrestled with his angel, he exacted a blessing and was renamed. When Jonah ran away from God, he sat in the belly of the whale and learned from the darkness. In this session, we will explore how we might help teens to think through their faithful aches and learn how to find the meaning within.
Sunday, November 7th, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – “Tell Me Something True and Beautiful About You: A Talk for 6thand 7thgraders”
In this talk about kindness and self-esteem, Scott will help our pre-teens celebrate their positive attributes.
The Temple Jeremiah Scholar in Residence weekend is graciously supported by the Bill and Norma Brown Fund for Lifelong Learning.