Shalom for the Soul: Jewish Wisdom for Stress Management
Fall: Weds., Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 and Dec. 7 (5 weeks), 7:00-8:15pm
Americans are among the most stressed-out people in the world, with detrimental effects to our health and well-being. We might be busy, productive, and creative, but we sometimes struggle with negative emotions and a lack of balance in our lives. JoAnn Bezodis has both personal and professional experience with family crisis and stress management. After a catastrophe hit her home and family, she was trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an evidence-based treatment that helps people cope with intense emotions and self-destructive behaviors. JoAnn has recently completed a Master of Divinity focusing on Pastoral Care. She has deeply considered how Judaism, with its focus on life, health and balance, blends with the skills she has learned on her own life path.
In this course, participants will be introduced to principles used in DBT through a Jewish lens and practice skills such as emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal communication in order to create healthier habits and gain more life balance. $36 course materials fee.
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:25pm (Nov. 2 – May 24)
Join us to learn the Shabbat morning service. The course is divided into modules that last from 4-6 weeks. Each week we go through different parts of the service slow enough so that each class member can learn to recite the words. No more mumbling through services! Drop-ins welcome. Taught by Deb Freedberg. $50 course materials fee. Please RSVP to JoAnn.
Trope: Learn to Leyn
Wednesdays, 7:35-8:30pm (Nov. 2 – May 24)
This class is for those who want to learn to chant Torah and for those who want to improve their skills. We will learn the common trope patterns with an introduction to sentence structure, as well as the less common tropes. There will be time during each session for students to work on–and get help with–individual readings. Taught by Deb Freedberg. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the Alef-Bet. $50 course materials fee. Please RSVP to JoAnn.