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.

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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 rabbi. 

SPIRITTALK LIVE! a weekly Internet radio program, is a worldwide conversation for exploring the great questions of existence, for joining in the quest to find meaning and worth in life, through intellectual inquiry and sacred spirit. http://www.SpiritTalkLive.com

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.

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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 same time." 
- 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 myriam@ijs-online.org.

Westchester Yoga
Thank you! Rachel Cowan

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. 

L'shalom, Rachel
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