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  • Mindful Mornings

    60 Highland Street: Living Room (Parlor)
    Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:15am
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 8:30am

    This weekly gathering combines guided and silent meditation to develop our capacity for mindful awareness and to cultivate qualities of patience, gratitude, and compassion.

    All are welcome, whether experienced in meditation or not. The group is facilitated by CDT members with occasional participation by Rabbi Toba. No need to make a weekly commitment; join us when you’re able! (Please arrive no later than 8:30am, in order not to disrupt the session once we’ve started.)

    For more information, please email mindful-mornings [at] dorsheitzedek.org

  • Got Shabbat? (Including Tot Shabbat)

    60 Highland St: Sanctuary, FH, kitchen, library, LR, Rms 109-111
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 9:45am to 12:00pm
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

    Join us for “Got Shabbat?”, an opportunity for the whole community to come together and have fun, learn together and find new ways to celebrate Shabbat. Beginning together with songs and blessings, adults and kids are then invited to choose from a panoply of activities, until we gather again to read a little Torah and close the service together. Come find out if you’ve “Got Shabbat”! A kiddush lunch will follow.

    At this special Shabbat gathering, we will be reading about the building of the mishkan, the portable sanctuary in the wilderness, and thinking together about how we build, relate to, and protect our sacred spaces. We will have a diverse array of morning workshiops for all ages, including:

    Tot Shabbat (for families with kids aged 0-5) – families with young kids are invited to celebrate Shabbat and create a holy space with our voices, bodies, and more!

    “My Father was a Syrian Refugee”: (with Rabbi Shahar, adults and teens): Refugee. Sanctuary. Immigrant. Asylum Seeker. What’s all this about? How does Jewish tradition help us understand these experiences and how we should respond? This session will include Jewish text, orientation to different aspects of immigration justice work, and more information about initiatives happening in the larger Jewish and Greater Boston communities on the creation of safe spaces for people in need.  An opportunity, after the  Members Meeting, to go a little deeper into the Jewish roots of “welcoming the stranger.”

    Comics and Torah! (with James Kaplan, ages 6 through adult): Come learn about the Jewish origins of comic books, see parallels between the building of the Mishkan and stories in comics, and create your own comic about building something special.

    Building a Sacred Space with Sound (with Shira Moss, ages 6 through adult): In this percussion workshop experience, we will be referring to this week’s parsha, Vayakel/Pekudei, the construction of the Tabernacle, as a process for creating a group percussion piece. The stages of construction as described in the parsha will be explored through sound ,as we build and layer a Sacred Sound Space together. Percussion instruments are provided, but if you have one of your own please bring it!

    Mishkan in Motion (with Esther Kohn, ages 6 through adult): We’ll explore this week’s parsha through a physical warm up, theater games, visualization and creative movement. As the Israelites brought gifts of the heart to build the mishkan, we will use body, mind, and spirit to re-imagine and recreate our own  sacred structure.

    Main Sanctuary – Adults and kids are welcome to stay in the main sanctuary with Rabbi Toba for a morning service that will feature a bit of meditation and Torah study, as we make connections between the building of the Mishkan, protecting the earth, and nurturing our own hearts and minds.

    At this service we will also be honoring the yahrzeit of Gina Fried, and hearing from our teens about their fundraising project to welcome refugee families to the Boston area.

  • Follow My Footprints: Refugee Crises, Then and Now

    60 Highland St: Sanctuary
    Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
    Join us for this presentation by photographer and journalist Rachael Cerrotti. She has been tracing her grandmother’s path as a refugee from Prague during World War II to eventually the United States. As she has traveled her grandmother’s path, she has also learned a great deal about refugee crises, then and now.   
     
     
  • Intro to Talmud Spring Session

    60 Highland St: Library
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:15pm
     
    This fall’s class on Chametz and Responsibility in the Talmud was so fun, we have to keep going. In this class we will continue to explore the question of what the Talmud is. What did the rabbis think they were doing? What value can we find in encountering these stories and conversations? No previous experience necessary- all are welcome! Please RSVP to Rabbi Shahar (dcl [at] dorsheitzedek.org) so she can anticipate materials.
     
    Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:15pm
    March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, April 4th
     
     
  • Mindful Mornings

    60 Highland Street: Library
    Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:15am
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 8:30am

    This weekly gathering combines guided and silent meditation to develop our capacity for mindful awareness and to cultivate qualities of patience, gratitude, and compassion.

    All are welcome, whether experienced in meditation or not. The group is facilitated by CDT members with occasional participation by Rabbi Toba. No need to make a weekly commitment; join us when you’re able! (Please arrive no later than 8:30am, in order not to disrupt the session once we’ve started.)

    For more information, please email mindful-mornings [at] dorsheitzedek.org

  • Mindful Parenting with Carla Naumberg

    JCDS, 57 Stanley Street, Watertown, MA
    Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 10:20am to 11:45am

    On several Sundays this year, we will be hosting a series of programs open to all adults (and teens too!) in the community. These programs were initiated by parent interest and will be led by members of the CDT community.

    On this Sunday, in this casual and interactive talk, Carla Nauburg will introduce the ideas and practices of mindfulness and mindful parenting.

    Parenting can really push our buttons. But what if there was a way to make those buttons a little smaller and less sensitive, a little less likely to set off a four-alarm freak out each time our children poke at them? What if we could just freak out a little less and have a little more fun with our kids? Mindfulness, or the ability to notice the present moment with kindness and curiosity, can help us do just that.

    Carla Naumburg, PhD, is a writer with a background in clinical social work. She is the author of Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family (New Harbinger, 2015) and Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters (Parallax, 2014). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, among other places. Carla lives outside of Boston with her husband and two young daughters.

     

     

  • Intro to Talmud Spring Session

    60 Highland St: Library
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:15pm
     
    This fall’s class on Chametz and Responsibility in the Talmud was so fun, we have to keep going. In this class we will continue to explore the question of what the Talmud is. What did the rabbis think they were doing? What value can we find in encountering these stories and conversations? No previous experience necessary- all are welcome! Please RSVP to Rabbi Shahar (dcl [at] dorsheitzedek.org) so she can anticipate materials.
     
    Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:15pm
    March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, April 4th
     
     

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