CANCELLED: Marin Jewish Women's "Chai" Tea with Author, Allison Gilbert | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

CANCELLED: Marin Jewish Women's "Chai" Tea with Author, Allison Gilbert

Sun, January 8, 2017 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. Please email with any questions or concerns

A celebration of the strength of our local community, and recognizing Congregation Kol Shofar, Brandeis Marin, Marin Chapter of Hadassah, ORT America, Women of Rodef Sholom Sisterhood, Women’s Philanthropy of JCF for their support of this annual program.

AUTHOR, Allison Gilbert
PHOTO CREDIT: Elena Seibert

Generous donations for this program provided by Numi Organic Tea and Heavenly Organics.  Enjoy your organic, high-quality teas and honey patties!


Enjoy an afternoon of tea, treats, and the simple pleasure of connecting with friends, old and new, at the annual Marin Jewish Women’s Afternoon “Chai” Tea.

Marin Jewish Women’s "Chai" Tea with Author, Allison Gilbert

Emmy Award-winning journalist, and empowering author and speaker Allison Gilbert hosts a Memory Bash: a celebration of loved ones and what they still mean to us. Allison will present meaningful and innovative ideas for preserving these memories, and will lead our community in the creation of a Memory Magnet keepsake to take home. All participants are asked to bring in a photocopied image of a loved one or memory that they wish to use for this activity. Please note that this photograph will be become a commemorative magnet so if you prefer to keep your original, it is highly recommended to bring a photocopy instead. Enjoy an afternoon of connection with friends in our community that is sure to inspire further conversations, stories, and sharing of cherished memories.


  • $20 / members & public (includes refreshments, a copy of Allison Gilbert’s book Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive & an immersive activity with a keepsake magnet).

  • Tickets may be purchased by calling our front desk at 415.444.8000


Passed and Present is a book—and a movement—devoted to keeping the memory of loved ones alive. Inspiring and empowering, this much-needed, easy-to-use roadmap reveals 85 imaginative ways to celebrate and honor the family and friends we never want to forget.

Being proactive about remembering loved ones has a powerful and unexpected benefit: it can make you happier. The more we incorporate memories into our year-round lives — as opposed to sectioning them off to a particular time of year — the more we can embrace the people who have passed, and all that’s good and fulfilling in our present. A copy of Passed and Present is included with each ticket purchase.


"@agilbertwriter has a way to embrace our loved ones who have passed, so you can create a rich & fulfilling present” — Maria Shriver on Allison Gilbert

Allison Gilbert has covered nearly every major news story in the last 20 years — including 9/11, when she was on the job and nearly killed by falling debris.  An Emmy award-winning journalist, Gilbert is also author of the groundbreaking, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, the first how-to book ever written that reveals 85 innovative ways to remember and celebrate the family and friends we never want to forget.  Passed and Present has been featured in People Magazine and Arianna Huffington and Maria Shriver have tweeted about it.  Gilbert’s life-affirming message has sparked a major forthcoming article in O, the Oprah Magazine, the piece focusing on the power of nostalgia to drive creativity and growth at home and work.

An exciting and empowering workshop leader and speaker, Gilbert helps people transform their personal and professional setbacks into opportunity.  Using the illness and death of her own loved ones as a prism to explore individual crisis and growth, she has spoken to diverse groups such as Time Warner, NAFE (National Association for Female Executives), Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc., 92Y, JCC in Manhattan, Gilda’s Club, and the New York Public Library.  

Gilbert’s other books include, Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children and Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents.  She is also co-editor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11, the definitive historical record of how broadcast journalists covered that tragic day. The landmark book was turned into a documentary by the U.S. State Department and distributed to embassies and consulates around the world.  Gilbert is the only female journalist to be featured in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the emergency triage tag put around her neck is on display and her voice is introduced by Robert De Niro on the museum’s official audio tour.

A sought-after expert on resilience, grief, cancer prevention, and September 11, Gilbert has been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Real Simple, and  She writes for The Huffington Post and makes numerous TV and radio appearances on NPR, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, and CBS.  Before launching her career as a full-time writer and speaker, Gilbert was a producer at CNN, WNBC-TV, and WABC-TV in New York, her work honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Associated Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists.  She was part of the original launch teams for both New York 1 News and MSNBC.  

Gilbert graduated from Georgetown University and lives outside New York City with her husband and two children.  

Learn more about Gilbert by visiting her website:


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