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Sunday, November 17
 

9:00am

Dreaming Our Way Back to the Garden
Jewish tradition has long recognized the power of our night dreams and waking visions. Learn this history and a unique method based on the PaRDeS (orchard) method of reading Torah to understand the layers of our dreams from those that reflect our daily lives to those that reach the depths of our souls. Come with a dream to unpack!

Speakers
avatar for Linda Yael Schiller

Linda Yael Schiller

Linda Yael Schiller is a mind/body/spiritual psychotherapist and dream worker. She consults and teaches on dreamwork, integrated trauma treatments, and group work and has published extensively. Her first book, Modern Dreamwork: New Tools for Decoding Your Soul's Wisdom, is due out... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
M-08a 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Psalmology: Moving our Prayers
Prayer is the interaction between word and the body. Our neshamot may respond to a word or phrase, and our prayer deepens or, conversely, we get distracted. We will work with the art of physical presence, inhabiting the words from Tehillim, the Psalms, and eventually, writing our own psalms/prayers from both the individual and communal movement experiences of our bodies.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Leavitt

Julie Leavitt

Julie Leavitt is a dancer, body oriented psychotherapist and spiritual director. She is in private practice, works at Hebrew College, and teaches at Lesley University. She dances with Selmadanse and Back Pocket Dancers.


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
U-Mishkan Tefila Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

Shake Your Soul- An Invitation to Movement and Joy
Shake Your Soul. Have you been to a joyous wedding and danced with great abandon? Does the beat of a drum awaken something deep inside of you? Do you think that spontaneous dance connects with your deepest spiritual self? If you love to dance, and feel the deep feelings that dance elicits, then give Shake Your Soul a try. Come prepared to dance and experience the power it has to unlock joy and emotions!

Speakers
avatar for Leann Shamash

Leann Shamash

Master Urban Gardener; Veteran Jewish Educator, Independent
Leann Shamash is a Jewish educator. Through her career she has worked in both formal and informal Jewish educational settings. More recently Leann has been pursuing photography, writing and the art of movement. She was recently certified from the Leven Institute in "Shake Your Soul... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
M-08a 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Go Wish - A Card Game for the Home Stretch
Go Wish provides an easy, entertaining way to explore and understand Judaic and other values, goals and preferences as one approaches end of life. In this session, we will use an innovative and engaging card game that will help make it easier for family and friends to understand and follow these wishes.

Speakers
avatar for Hal Miller-Jacobs

Hal Miller-Jacobs

Hal Miller-Jacobs created and taught about user-friendly software and websites. He now wants to make Torah, Tefilah and Tahara more accessible. He graduated from the Davvening Leadership Training Institute, teaches at Tufts University and co-found the Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater... Read More →
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Arza Goldstein

Arza Goldstein, Birth Doula, Hospice nurse. A community organizer and most recently, an End of Life Doula, Arza helps those with serious illness and at end of life, and their families, make this time less stressful and more meaningful.


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G-11 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Writing What We Believe for Those We Love: Ethical Wills for the 21st Century
For centuries Jews have written ethical wills to share their values and life lessons with future generations. In this interactive workshop, we update the concept for the 21st Century, and use practical tools and the latest technologies to begin a rich conversation with our children and others.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Russman-Halperin

Bob Russman-Halperin

Bob Russman-Halperin received an ethical will from his grandfather, has written legacy letters to his children, and has led many workshops on this topic. Bob led executive education programs at Harvard Business School, MIT, and Babson, and is a Young Presidents Organization facil... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
M-08a 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Dance and Exercise to Israeli Music
Join us in this active session and move your body and your mind to the beat of Israeli music. Warm up with light stretching and balance exercises and progress to fun moves. We will end with gentle movements and a guided mediation. For all ages and abilities.

Speakers
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Stacy Khalil

Stacy is Fitness/Wellness Geriatric Specialist Manager with 2Life Communities.
avatar for Francine Godfrey

Francine Godfrey

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-06 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Experiencing the 13 Attributes of God
Not just for prayer! The power of the 13 Attributes of God is ultimately a powerful guide to who we really are. Can we truly embody each of them? Come delve into the deeper meaning of each of these attributes. Part of the session will be experiential.

Speakers
avatar for Ora Weiss

Ora Weiss

Ora Weiss shares the universal and empowering readings she has found in Torah, going beyond traditional rabbinical interpretations. Ora terms this Restorative Judaism; restoring ancient wisdom, each human's knowledge of who we really are, and our direct connection with Source.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-28 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

The Conversation: Why it is Important
Why it is important for all of us to have some advance planning for our deaths, and why must we share the appropriate directives with our loved ones and others?

Speakers
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David Decter

David Decter was born in Boston and has lived here for the past 75 years. Married to Carole for 53 years, they are blessed with two sons and five loving grandchildren. David is Past President of Temple Emeth and is a current member of Congregation Kehillath Israel.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-25 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

The Kabbalistic Tree of Life
Through guided visualization and self-directed movement we will unlock our personal creativity by directly and physically experiencing the 10 Sefirot/Energy centers of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Foust

Jeff Foust

Jeff Foust is a rabbi, a Jewish Chaplain and a Mindfulness Meditation Coordinator for the Spiritual Life Center at Bentley University. He is a long time student and teacher of Kabbalah, emphasizing embodied spirituality, where one learns to breathe, live, and dance Kabbalah into our... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-31 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

Jewish Masculinity Before and After the Zionist Project
The Zionist perception of the new Jewish male, especially the Israeli, was constructed as an opposite and radical reaction to the Jewish Male Archetype. In order to become a warrior and a settler on the ancestors' soil, the new Jews felt they must leave behind beautiful virtues the Jewish male had once embraced within himself. This session will discuss the merging of the two male narratives.

Speakers
avatar for Ran Gavrieli

Ran Gavrieli

Ran Gavrieli, an Israeli educator and feminist activist, has an MA in Gender Studies from Tel Aviv University and is the founder of the Eye Level Sex Education Foundation. He teaches sex education around the world and his TEDx talk had 19 million viewers.


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
M-KI Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

Mental Health is for Everyone! And What Do You Know About This Silent Killer?

Statistically, social isolation is devastating to mental and physical health. Hear multiple approaches to providing life-saving help for emotional issues, despite perceived stigma. Experts from NAMI and 2Life will share knowledge, experience and resources for families and individuals – for us all.

Speakers
avatar for Howard D Trachtman

Howard D Trachtman

Howard D. Trachtman, BS, CPS, CPRP, COAPS, co-founder and on executive team of Metro Boston Recovery Learning Community, Certified Peer Specialist, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, co-founder of NAMI Greater Boston Peer Support and Advocacy Network. He has received many awards... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Katzeff

Cindy Katzeff

Cindy Katzeff, JD, Director of Village Centers & Community Engagement at 2Life Communities, designs programs that develop relationships between residents at four campuses and with the larger community. Along with creating village centers, hubs of activity and meaningful engagement... Read More →
avatar for Sidney Gelb

Sidney Gelb

Sidney Gelb is Legislative Representative on the Board of Directors of NAMI Newton Wellesley. Sid is a trained Family Support facilitator and teacher for the Family to Family Course and the NAMI Basics course. He has an MS from the City College of New York and lives in Brookline... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
U-13 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

Out of the Shadows: Spirituality and Mental Health
Mental or emotional illness is often perceived as a sign of weakness and is often a source of shame. What can we learn from our Jewish traditions and modern psychology to help us change this perception? Come share how spirituality is (or is not) a part of your life, and explore how spirituality and mental health impact each other.

Speakers
avatar for Hadassah Margolis

Hadassah Margolis

Hadassah Margolis is a social worker & Lead Therapist at McLean's Spirituality & Mental Health Dept, where she helped develop the hospital's first-ever Spirituality & Treatment groups. She is also a clinician at Brandeis University.


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
G-06 384 Harvard Campus