Summer is here and there is a lot going on at the Institute! We are about to start our annual Summer season of retreats and look forward to seeing many of you there.
We wanted to remind you that Sheila will be interviewed by Rabbi Wayne Dosick on his radio show, A Jewish Life of Spirit about her new book this Wednesday at 2pm; inform you about our most recent yoga teacher training program; and invite you to join Rabbi Jonathan Slater in this year's Hasidic text study, Netivot Shalom.
This Wednesday - May 23rd, 2pm Eastern - Listen to Sheila's Radio Interview About "Surprisingly Happy"|
A Jewish Life of the Spirit with Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, hosted by Rabbi Wayne Dosick on Healthy Life Radio.
To listen to the show live -
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Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, author of Surprisingly Happy: An
Atypical Religious Memoir, discusses getting older and getting happier; her story of looking for God, as she
understands God, the God of the Jewish baby boomer, spiritual seeker,
recovering alcoholic, and feminist grandma, who loves yoga and is a
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Ongoing Text Study Program - 2010-2011/5770-5771 Netivot Shalom|
When we say "ongoing"
we mean it! Not only is our study of Hasidic texts ongoing in our professional
and lay cohorts. Not only is only is the opportunity to study these texts
ongoing beyond the end of the program itself. But, the "Ongoing Text Study
Program" is itself ongoing! This fall we will begin the ninth year in which
Institute Co-Director of Programs Rabbi Jonathan Slater offers weekly
translations of Hasidic texts with commentary.
Beginning with Shabbat
Bereshit, October 2, we will study Netivot Shalom, by R. Shalom Noach
Berezovsky, the Slonimer rebbe. The teachings of the Slonimer were published as
a complete set in 1997, three years before his death. In fluid, contemporary
Hebrew, he weaves together psychological insight and spiritual sensitivity,
grounded in the language of classical Judaism and Hasidic sensibilities.
Speaking primarily to those for whom traditional observance is a given, the
Slonimer over and over asks for more: the dedication of the heart to seeking to
cleave to God. Like the Baal Shem Tov, he understands all practice to be for
the sake of awareness, waking up to the truth of existence.
Subscription for the weekly translation and commentary is open, subscribe and make your study ongoing as well.
Jewish Yoga Training for an Awakened Life, Rabbi Myriam Klotz|
"I have begun to feel that my yoga practice and Jewish life
don't have to be so separate. They can
affirm each other and help me feel connected to my soul and in my body at the
- 2010 training participant
For the past eight months, participants in the Jewish Yoga
Training for an Awakened Life program have explored various middot through
study, conversation, and taking to the yoga mat the themes and questions about
how we might embody these traits in our lives. Attended by clergy, therapists, Jewish educators, yoga teachers and
more, this program also gave participants an introduction to the practice of
teaching Jewish yoga.
One recent Sunday afternoon at the Westchester Reform Temple
in Scarsdale New York, participants stood on one leg in tree pose exploring how
they could remain steady and anchored in their lower body while their arms and
trunk moved back and forth, left and right. How to remain balanced and steady while the waves of movement and change
also surge through? This is a question
we investigated through our yoga practice as well as Jewish text study,
attempting to embody and integrate our understanding of the middah or attribute of Equanimity, hishtavut.
Most of our participants have said they will continue their
study and exploration of middot, and
also to begin or continue to teach this work in their congregations, yoga
studios, and in other venues as well. For
information on future Institute yoga programming, please contact Myriam at
Thank you! |
Thank you for taking time out of your day to be with us. We are looking forward to seeing those of you who are about to join us on retreat in person! And we'll be back next month with more updates.
Surprisingly Happy: |
|by Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg|
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