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Some classes have limited enrollment and require pre-registration.

*     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 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 oe 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. To register, click here.
 *     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. To RSVP, click here.
*     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.  To register clickhere.

*     Sunday, December 11, 1-3 p.m.:  Workshop: Creating a home-based healing support circle for your loved one or friend who is going through a health/medical challenge or other difficult situation led by Raphaella Frielich, Susan Cetlin and Susie Rosenwasser. Cosponsored with Hessed Committee.  Free. RSVP with your phone and address  to Susan Cetlin or Judi Elkin

*     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 – 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.  RSVP by December 9 by clicking here.

*     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 with your phone and address to 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. 

*      Sunday, February 26, 11-12:30   Fiddling on the roof: balancing suffering and hope in Judaism: an interactive study session, Rabbi Barry Starr. Class limited to 25.  Free                                                 

*      Thursday , March 1 & 15, 7:45-9:15 pm   Rabbi Yitzi Weiner,  The Ten Gates,  study session on the 11th century text,  Duties of the Heart by R. Bachya ibn Paquda.  Co-sponsored with Community Kollel of Sharon.    In the 11th century, Rabbi Bachya ibn Paquda of Spain, composed a book about inwardness, reflection, gratitude, trust, sincerity, discipline and love. He called it Duties of the Heart.    This amazing book has become a classic text of Jewish spirituality and inwardness that is so current and relevant that it’s hard to believe it was written in 1070. Please join Rabbi Yitzi Weiner who will present a synopsis of the book’s “ten gates” and a deeper exploration of several of them. This class will lend itself to personal reflection and class participation.

*      Monday, March 5, 2011, 7:45-9:15 pm, (snow date March 22)  Does the Soul Survive? Judaism and the Afterlife, an interactive discussion, Rabbi Karen Landy.  Co-sponsored w/ Hessed Committee. Class limited to 25. $10 TI M, $15 NM.

*     March 25, 2012 : Healing Prayer Service, with Hessed Committee

*     Thursday, March 29, 2012, 7:45-9:30 pm:  Spiritual Teachings of Rabbi Nachman, A study session taught by Rabbi Ariel Burger,  Director of the Commission on Jewish Life and Learning at Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Before coming to CJP in 2008, Ariel spent five years working at Boston University with Elie Wiesel as a Teaching Fellow. His teaching experience includes Ikkarim, Harvard Hillel, Tufts Hillel, as well as many others where he helped develop programming for Jewish high school students. Ariel has a PHD in Jewish Philosophy and Conflict Studies and a B. A. in Comparative Religion and Jewish Studies from Skidmore College. He also attended the Yeshivat Bat Ayin Rabbinical School for 5 years culminating in rabbinical ordination.  Class size limited to 25.  $10 TI members, $15 nonmembers.    RSVP with your phone and address to Susan Cetlin or Judi Elkin  

*      Monday, April 16, 2012, 7:45-9:15 pm    Shadow Generation: Impact, Legacy and Light, Discuss, reflect, heal and share ~ for anyone directly or indirectly impacted by the holocaust, Rachel Melemed, child of survivor and clinical social worker.  Free. RSVP, but walkins welcome.

*      Mon., 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/21/12,   7:45-9:15 pm   Torah: A Women’s Commentary Study Group on Weekly Parasha, Rabbi Leslie Gordon. Cosponsored with Sisterhood of Temple Israel. $40 TI Members, $55 NM for 4 sessions.

*     Thursdays, May 10 & 17,  Rabbi Meir Sendor, Jewish Meditation. Class size limited to 25.  $20 TI members,$30 nonmembers.  RSVP with your phone and address to Susan Cetlin or Judi Elkin

*      Are you interested in joining a Tiferet Chavurah? Chavurah is a friendship group formed based on common interests and needs. It meets informally for Jewish holidays, Shabbat or other times. To apply, contact Barbara Weinberg, Chavurah Coordinator

*      Stay tuned, Tiferet Youth – art and creative writing.

For reviews of past programs, click here.

Temple Israel Tiferet Center: A Place for Jewish Wellness & Healing is a community-wide resource for innovative programming in Jewish wellness, healing and spirituality. We offer transformative Jewish experiences within a synagogue setting. Classes and workshops open pathways to Jewish wisdom using the different modalities of text study, creative arts, meditation, movement, circles of support, creative prayer services, music, nature and spirituality. Through our programs, participants cultivate connection, friendship and community around common interests, passions, and needs.  We serve as a resource for bringing together Jewish wisdom and insights with concepts of health, wellness, healing and spirituality.

Why the name Tiferet? According to Jewish mystics, Tiferet is one of the ten attributes of God manifesting in the world. In Hebrew the word means beauty, splendor or harmony. Because true beauty emanates from within, the path of Tiferet for the individual and for the community requires the delicate balancing of mind and heart and, ultimately, a synthesis of the two. Through its rich and varied programming, The Tiferet Center offers a taste of tiferet to its participants. We hope that The Tiferet Center will become firmly rooted in our local and broader community as a place of beauty, health, healing, comfort and spirituality for all who enter its doorway.

Founded in 2010, The Tiferet Center is partially funded by a CJP innovation and engagement grant.  Its planning committee is comprised of Temple Israel volunteers within Adult & Family Education, members of other synagogues and unaffiliated individuals from across the Jewish denominations.  The committee has expertise and interest in varied approaches to wellness and healing, Jewish education, pastoral care, and nonprofit programming. Temple Israel professional and lay staff advise the committee.  We welcome collaboration with other organizations and individuals who share a common purpose. 

Susan Cetlin, Ph.D., Coordinator                                                                         

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