Past Events 5772 ~ Tiferet Center of Temple Israel

  • Sundays, October 16, 30 & November 13, 12:50-2:50 pm: Creative writing seminar, taught by Nina Schneider. Write about your own Jewish journey. For beginner to intermediate writers. $30 TI members & $45 non members. Class size limited to 12. RSVP with your phone and address tiferetti@gmail.com to Susan Cetlin or Judi Elkin
  • Thursday, October 27, 7:45-9:15 pm. Circle of Support: A time to reflect, rejoice and renew, facilitated by Lois Freedman.We have many sacred experiences and much wisdom to share with one another. Take time to meditate, share and relax in a confidential setting. . $10 members, $15 nonmembers. Class limited to 20. Depending on interest subsequent sessions will be scheduled. 
  • Sunday, November 6, 7:45-8:45 pm: Community Healing Prayer Service led by Rabbi Raphaela Greenstein, including the Bella Voce Chamber Ensemble and vocalists. Co-sponsored with Hessed Committee. Free. Walkins welcome but we would appreciate your RSVP so we can plan seating and refreshments. 
  • Wednesdays, 11/9, 11/30, 12/7, & 12/14: 7:30-9:30 p.m.: A River Flows Through Eden: 4 part class on the Zohar, taught by Seth Wax. The Zohar is a rich and mysterious work that may seem difficult to penetrate, but in fact invites us to join in its spiritual creativity and playfulness. In this class, we will engage the Zohar through reading short passages in English and exploring how it may inform our own spiritual practice and growth. In preparation for each class meeting (including the first one), participants will be asked to read a specific chapter from each section of Melila Hellner-Eshed's A River Flows Through Eden (and if they are so moved, the entire section). Classes will also involve some meditation, singing, and possibly art. Seth Wax is a 4th-year student at Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Newton. His interest in how the wisdom of classical religious traditions can help us live more profound, connected, and meaningful lives led him to study Buddhism (which also included a two-year stop-over at Harvard Divinity School) before coming to rabbinical school. He grew up at Temple Israel in Sharon and has worked and taught at Hebrew College's Prozdor program, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Nishmat Hayyim: The Jewish Meditation Collaborative of New England, and a number of synagogues. He's also written on the intersection of spirituality and work and is interested in Kabbalah, Hasidut, and comparative Jewish-Buddhist theology. Class fee: $40 members, $55 nonmembers. Class limited to 25. Sign up for individual classes is possible. To register click here.
  • Sunday, December 11, 12:50 - 2:50 p.m.: How to Create a Home-Based Jewish Healing Circle for Family, Friends or Ourselves. Presenters: Susan Cetlin, Raphaella Stern Freilich, Susie Rosenwasser, co-sponsored with Hessed Committee.
  • Bikur Holim, being present with the ill and caring for their spirit, is a core Jewish value and obligation. It is a beautiful gift that we can give to our friends and family when the need arises. At this workshop, you will discover a wonderful way to fulfill this mitzvah -- organizing a personalized Jewish healing ceremony in which a circle of close friends and family come together to offer support, comfort, and prayer. During a health challenge or other difficult times, a healing circle composed of close friends and family can help strengthen and enhance the well-being and lift the spirits of everyone present. Such gatherings support the whole person and their personal healing. Please join us and learn about home-based Jewish healing circles from members of our community who have personally created and benefitted from them.

Participants at this interactive 2-hour workshop will learn about: 

  • the role of spirituality in health and healing.
  • the "how to" of creating your own customized healing circle.
  • the types of situations that may benefit from these ceremonies.
  • the experiences of people who have provided and received the support of healing circles. 
  • Useful materials and resources will be provided. As a free service, the presenters will be available on an ongoing basis to consult with participants or help facilitate a future healing circle.

This workshop is appropriate for the entire community, including:

  • individuals in need of healing who wish to organize a healing circle for themselves.
  • friends and family wishing to organize a healing circle for a loved one.
  • anyone else who has an interest.
  • RSVP by December 9 by clicking here.
  • Sunday, Dec. 18, 12:50 - 2:50 PM: Art Workshop: Light Up Your Creativity, taught by Laura Rosenspan, noted fiber artist, museum educator, and instructor of textile arts. In this hands on workshop designed to enhance your appreciation of the artwork of the Safrai Gallery’s Israeli artists, participants will make a project using fabric and threads to "paint" their own abstract contemporary art piece â€" inspired by the 8 lights of Chanukah - which can be used as a centerpiece, a challah cover or art to adorn their wall. $25 members, $30 nonmembers. All materials will be supplied. Class limited to 12. The Safrai Gallery will be open for viewing and art purchasing before and after the workshop. 
  • Thursdays, January 12 & 26, 2012, 7:45-9:30 pm (Feb 6 snowdate): Interactive Text Study: Dreams of Hope and Healing in the Torah led by Rabbi Alan Ullman.$20 Temple Israel members & $30 nonmembers. RSVP by email with your phone and address to the attention of Susan Cetlin or Judi Elkin.
  • Thursday, January 19, 2012, 7:45-9:15 pm Tu B'Shvat Healing Circle, Susie Rosenwasser & Lee Aven. Celebrate the holiday of trees & connect with the energy of the Tree of Life. $10 TI M, $15 NM. .