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Finding Humanity at the End of Life: Two Provocative Evenings with Pastor Corey Kennard and Dr. Jessica Zitter

Join us for the first in this two-part mini series, which aims to explore the experience of seriously ill and dying African Americans in our healthcare system. We will explore the important role that faith plays, as well as examine the inequities this community encounters when seeking care at the end of life.


Reaching Across Traditions: Spirituality and Medicine at End of Life

Is spiritual support important for hospitalized dying patients? Should doctors pray with their patients? What if the doctor is a different religion, or not religious at all? In part one of this series, we will take a look at the intersection of faith and medicine at the end of life, specifically as it plays out in communities of color. Pastor Corey Kennard, head of the congregation at Amplify Christian Church in Detroit, has spoken widely about the spiritual needs of African Americans at the end of life. Dr. Jessica Zitter, a Jewish Critical Care and Palliative Care physician at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, has spent her career caring for seriously ill patients in the inner city. Facilitated by Amy Tobin, CEO of the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, this conversation will address the role of faith and prayer for patients with serious illness in the medical setting.

Learn more about Part 2 here.


Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay

Attendees must register with each venue and not through The Commonwealth Club. Ticketing must be done via the ReImagine website at

April 17, 2018

Oakland Museum of California (tentative)
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, 94607
United States

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Corey Kennard

Pastor, Amplify Christian Church, Detroit

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Jessica Nutik Zitter

Physician, Highland Hospital, Oakland

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Amy Tobin

CEO, Jewish Community Center of the East Bay—Facilitator