2018 Women’s Spirituality Day
In 2015, the J introduced a day filled with spiritual learning, inspiration and bonding. Through exciting workshops and hands-on sessions that were educational, meaningful and enjoyable, more than 100 women representing different ages, backgrounds and viewpoints came together to learn, strengthen one another, and create close-knit, lasting relationships. In 2016 with special guest Jessica Abo, over 125 women attended.
2018 Break-out opportunities
Goldie Amira – “Belly Dancing”;
Join this exciting, beginners level class, exploring the many rhythms of dance with costumes & veils included! Rhythms include the Belidi, 9/8 Turkish Karshlimar, the undulating Chifti-telli, the Eygptian Ghwazee Cane Dance, the melodic Bolaro with Veils and Isis Wings, drum solos & Bollywood.
- Rabbi Mintz – “Bringing Mussar Into Our Lives”;
Mussar is a treasury of teachings and contemplative practices that have evolved over the past thousand years within the Jewish world. The study of Mussar aims to help one develop a spiritual practice elevating one’s soul-traits or middot. In this brief introduction, we will examine some Mussar texts, engage in group discussion and receive some exercises to apply at home.
- Dina Levin – “Create a Dream Catcher”;
Legend says that Dream Catchers will trap bad dreams and let only good dreams through to the dreamer below. We don’t know if this is true but join our class if you would like to make one and find out!
- Ayelet Blit – “Dance Your Way Through Israel”;
Using videos, visuals, and your feet, you will explore and experience Israel’s history as it represented through its’ dances. You might be surprised to learn that it’s not just about the Horah and Havah Nagila.
- Lauren Eisenberg – “Finding the “I” in the Holy Land”;
As Israel approaches her 70th birthday, where do you stand in your relationship with her? Explore your connection to Israel and discover what makes the Holy Land central to all of us. (Limit 15 people)
- Linda Sklar – “Holiness/Wholiness in Time”;
Abraham Joshua Heschel says Judaism is a religion of time. We will address how we, in our religious and regular day-to-day lives, do and can make choices that sanctify time. Even so, can we do so in such a way that we also achieve wholiness in time?
- Ellen Gerst – “How To Thrive and NOT Just Survive”;
When a setback is encountered, it’s easy to get stuck in survival mode. Learn how to jumpstart your life using the “New Three R’s”, Responsibility, Relationships and Resiliency, which will assist you in developing the spiritual, emotional and mental muscles that are at the foundation of a thriving life filled with passion and purpose.
- Nicki Klein-Richter – “Jewmba”;
Enjoy a spirited and lively session led by Nicki as we Jewmba and Hip Hop together!
- Shaina Attal / Racheli Metal – “Know What You’re Getting Into!”;
Stories of the Mikveh (Ritual bath) and tour our very own Mikveh. Why do we go to the Mikveh? Do men use the Mikveh? Did you know you can immerse your cookware to Kasher it?
- Kim Monaco – “Krav Maga”;
This class focuses on the introduction of the practical applications for self-defense. Students will work on coordination, balance, agility, strength and endurance.
- Jodi Mandel – “Meditation and Yoga”;
Learn the benefits of meditation and yoga and boost your health, vitality and strength. (Limit 12 people)
- Dina Levin – “Miriam’s Cup”;
Join us as we make our very own Miriam’s cup for Passover and hear the story of why Miriam’s cup has been added to our seders. (Enjoy wine while you design)
- Heather Weinberger – “Paint a Mandala”;
Mandala is a symbol in a dream, representing the dreamer’s search for completeness and self-unity. Join us to complete your Mandala & enjoy wine while you paint! (Limited to 15 people)
- Rabbi Mintz – “Reader’s Theatre!”;
Calling all Thespians. Come and participate in a cold reading of some scenes from “The Women’s Minyan,” a thought provoking play.
- Naomi Cook – “Tai Chi”
This gentle exercise program is part of traditional Chinese Medicine. It is derived from the martial arts and is composed of slow deliberate, standing moves, meditation and deep breathing which enhance physical health and emotional well-being. All major muscle groups and joints are used in the gentle movements of Tai Chi which promotes and improves balance, agility, strength, flexibility, stamina, muscle tone and coordination.
- Jodi Friedman – “Why Meditate?”;
It’s the latest and greatest Buzz Word – Meditation. So what does Meditation actually do for you? Meditation, especially guided visualization can create an authentic balancing effect on the body and especially on the brain; creating a deep cumulative sense of peace and a change in a person’s physiology. Just to name a few benefits would include lower blood pressure, better sleep, more clarity, focus, better endurance, and the ability to train the brain to relax and release stress in life. This is just the beginning of what meditation can do for people with a busy or stressful life. (Limit 18 people)
- Frimie Fromowitz – “You Shall be Holy – Who Me?”;
Experiencing the holiness of everyday living is what Mussar is all about. This lofty goal is not only within reach for every single one of us each day, but what “everyday living” is truly for. Let’s explore the Jewish understanding of growth, of holiness, of life… and finish in time for lunch!