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Beyond Bowing: A deep dive into embodied Jewish prayer

Monday, February 26, 2024 17 Adar I 5784

7:45 PM - 9:25 PM

With Rabbi Josh Schreiber, Certified Feldenkrais® teacher

We are commanded to love G*d bechol me’odecha — with all our being. What could that mean other than a call to be present in our bodies as we pray? Singing, mumbling, ‘shuckling,’ bending the knees and bowing . . . traditional Jewish prayer is full of movement. Through proper attention to these movements, we can deepen our experience and elevate our prayers.

Join Rabbi Josh in this six-week series drawing on the unique process of Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® to develop a deep sense of mind-body-heart connection, put in context by close reading of select passages from the Siddur, Tanach, Talmud, Halacha, and Hassidic teachings. 

Each 90-minute class will include time for text-study, an Awareness Through Movement exploration, and a short maariv (evening) service as a sort of “reference movement” in which we can put what we are learning into practice. There will also be opportunities for participants to reflect on the specific experiences in the class and their prayer life outside of class.

All are welcome, regardless of experience with movement, text, or Jewish prayer (though some familiarity with the prayerbook is a plus). This course is for anyone who wants to elevate their experience of prayer, or explore the integration of movement and spirituality.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Josh

Registration is requested, and attendance of the full series is recommended.

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