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Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives
Join editors Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell and Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer and contributors Blu Greenberg, Rabbi Hara Person, and Dr. Ellen Umansky as they read from and discuss their acclaimed collection of essays. Anne Lamott calls this book “beautiful, profound and deeply touching…a stunning gathering of women, a quilt of rich, wise voices.” Don’t miss this powerful program! (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Sun, Dec 7
fall
3pm18 - 0once
A Partner in Holiness: Deepening Mindfulness, Practicing Compassion and Enriching our Lives
An Event in Honor of Rabbi Jonathan Slater's New Book, A Partner in Holiness: Deepening Mindfulness, Practicing Compassion and Enriching Our Lives through the Wisdom of R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev's Kedushat Levi Find inspiration for a satisfying life of spiritual practice through the combination of contemporary mindfulness meditation and classical Hasidic spirituality. Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater, mindfulness meditation instructor at the JCC since 2002 and Co-Director of Programs at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, has published two volumes of selections from the beloved Hasidic text Kedushat Levi, by R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev in translation with commentaries. Through these teachings he opens up the possibility of developing a life of spiritual practice which will wake us up to the wonders of the world, help us nurture a heart of compassion and sustain us in times of trouble. Through conversation with Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism and former instructor in Makom, he will bring some of the key themes of R. Levi Yitzhak’s teachings, and share a practice with us to prepare for the coming holiday of Hanukkah. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. The event will be followed by a reception and book sales and signing. (more)REGISTER
adults > makom: meditation > jewish spirituality
Sun, Dec 14
fall
7pm once
First Night, First Light
In a new community tradition, gather with our Upper West Side community to light the first Chanukah candle at the JCC. Come in from the cold and enjoy the warmth of our community with a Shira Kline Chanukah concert, children's activities, a community sustainable menorah project, candle lighting, and much more. Admission to this event is free and open to all ages. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Food available for purchase. Dietary laws observed. Free programs such as this are made possible by the generosity of donors to JCC Manhattan who deeply believe that there should be community places, spaces and experiences that are accessible to everyone. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > holidays
Tue, Dec 16
fall
4:30pm once
Who Is a Jew?
Jewish Identity and the Cultural and Religious Politics of Israel Rabbi David Ellenson This lecture will focus on the Law of Return and the ongoing, pressing questions of Jewish personal status in Israel. Obviously, the ability of Israel to answer these questions has broad implications for Israel-Diaspora relations and speaks directly to the question of inclusion for the Jewish people in Israel. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Mon, Feb 23
winter
6pm18 - 0once
Sing Now to God! Miriam + Moses
Avivah Zornberg at JCC Manhattan The history of Miriam, the prophetess who speaks enviously of her brother Moses, offers an intimate glimpse of the tensions between brother and sister, both leaders, both prophets. Midrashic material will illuminate this mysterious relationship. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Sun, Apr 19
winter
7pm18 - 0once
Rayvaya on the Roof
Romemu's Lag Ba'Omer Rayvaya returns to the roof of the JCC. Join Rabbi David Ingber for mystical teachings, barefoot boogie under the stars, and food to transport your soul. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > holidays
Wed, May 6
winter
7pm18 - 0once
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