About the Film
Rabbi Rachel Cowan, a beloved and influential mindfulness teacher, is diagnosed with aggressive cancer. She uses her spiritual practice to navigate her death while looking back on her full life. She was a civil rights activist who taught people how to ” sit” with themselves and stand up for others. The first female convert to become a rabbi, she and her late husband, Village Voice writer Paul Cowan, were instrumental in encouraging support of intermarried couples. Widowed at 48 she had a powerful second act. As the first director of Jewish Life at the Nathan Cummings foundation she transformed Jewish philanthropy. As a founder of the Jewish Healing Network ,The institute of Jewish Spirituality and The Wise Aging movement she transformed Jewish life by bringing mindfulness and meditation into the mainstream. After she was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer she used her terminal illness to teach others how to die well.