Past Adult Classes & Workshops
Sinai & Sunna: Jewish & Muslim Women Side by Side with Andrea Hodos and Tasneem Noor - Share stories with other Jewish and Muslim women in a dynamic story-crafting experience. Using words and movement, our “embodied” stories will serve as a springboard for discussion about how we, as American women connected to specific religions and cultures, navigate tradition, culture and contemporary identity. Whether you’re an experienced performer or have never taken a dance class, all levels are welcome. Andrea Hodos is the creator of Moving Torah -- a method for using theater and movement to explore Jewish text and Jewish story. Tasneem Farah Noor is the founder SOULful Transformations—committed to providing transformational experiences, personal development, and opportunities for meaningful dialogue. "Sinai & Sunna: Women Covering, Uncovering and Recovering" is their current community-based performance project. Learn more at http://www.movingtorah.com/.
Make Friends with Your Creative Blocks with Maia Akiva - This workshop experience is for all creative people: writers, actors, musicians, filmmakers, artists and entrepreneurs who are stuck and not sure why, and are ready to dive in emotionally and spiritually and discover what is standing in the way of living their purpose. Maia Akiva is a Motivational Speaker/Entertainer/Facilitator, a reality bender and emotional researcher who dips into every flavor of human behavior and self-discovery through self-help fiction, magical realism, and original visual storytelling. www.maiaakiva.com.
The Deeper Self with Rabbi Mordechai Finley - The soul is the region where meaning is created and sense of self is formed. Each class begins with a brief guided meditation, and continues with conversation guided by the work of Carl Jung, James Hillman, and others. THE DEEPER SELF explores the realm where soul, spirituality and religion can meet.
Unlock Your Story with Michael Kass - Led by award-winning storyteller and coach Michael Kass, this workshop will give you the chance to discover, explore and craft your stories in a safe, supportive, fun environment. No experience necessary–you already have everything you need to tell a captivating story. So whether you’re a MOTH-style story slinger, a professional looking for a new tale to tell, or just interested in the art of storytelling. . . this one’s for you!
Work, Sex, Politics: What’s Judaism Got to Do With It? with Rabbi Robin Podolsky - Judaism as an approach to life is so much more than memorized prayers and rituals. Our living evolving tradition engages with concrete questions about being a person in this world. Come and learn--not "the" Jewish wisdom--but the often clashing, always changing Jewish responses to the challenges of daily life that we face as individuals and as members of communities. Rabbi Robin Podolsky is an experienced Jewish educator who has taught at California State University, Los Angeles; Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock; Congregation Kol Ami; American Jewish University; and Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. She earned rabbinic ordination at the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA, an accredited transdenominational Jewish seminary. Her blog, Erev Rav, is hosted by the Jewish Journal and Tribe Media. Questions? Email Robin at email@example.com.
72 Virgins: Sunday Bloody Sunday with Howard Seth Cohen - Craft your own heirloom tomato based mocktail at this special 72 Virgins event. As a group, we’ll briefly explore the Bogside Massacre (Bloody Sunday 1972), and how the Troubles and reconciliation has shaped present day Northern Ireland.
Jew Boost - Boost your Jew with this contemporary exploration of the Jewish basics for adults of all backgrounds. Join Ayana Morse, SIJCC’s co-Executive Director, and Deanna Neil, Director of the Jewish Learning Center, for a twice-monthly hour of learning and talking about Jewish history, rituals, and ideas about faith.
Reaching Higher Holy Ground with Cantor Rebekah Mirsky - This class explores the important themes and liturgy of the high holidays, examining and reimagining their relevance in our lives. In each session we will explore a different theme, and write a bit on what it brings up for us. Participants are encouraged to attend East Side Jews’ Down to the River as a culminating experience.
Reconnect with the Breath with Michael Kass - Lead by Eastside Breathers founder Michael Kass, this introductory workshop will focus on simple breathing techniques to heighten awareness around the impact that stress and anxiety have on our breathing and our minds. You’ll learn some of the science behind the power of the breath, practice easy ways to instantly release stress, and get an introduction to healing breathwork in a safe, fun, supportive setting.
How to Talk (and Write) About Your Work - In this 4-hour workshop for artists and creative professionals, we practice talking about what we do, why we do it, and why it matters. Using structured, one on one interviews, you will learn to craft clear and meaningful elevator pitches, mission statements, and personal statements that express your unique identity for grants, publicity, and publication, in a relaxed, social atmosphere. The workshop is facilitated by Rhizomatic Arts founder and interdisciplinary artist Allison Wyper.
Check Your Week: Power Yoga with Galeit - Let’s get some strength training, stretching, and mindfulness meditation in for your week, all while we glide through a sweet vinyasa flow. Bring a yoga mat, towel, and water (if you wish). All you have to do is show up and do or don’t do what feels right for you, on that day, in that moment. All levels are welcome. Classes are $10 each. Walk-ins are welcome!
72Virgins: Mocktails for All of Us! - This four week class imparts the skills and knowledge base necessary to create delicious, non alcoholic beverages, introduce you to new friends in a social setting, and encourage cross cultural exchange and understanding to the benefit of our greater communities. 72Virgins is a project of Howard Seth Cohen and Saba Mirza, Fellows at NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Learn more about what they’re up to here.
How to Be a Person: A Jewish Meditation Workshop - Drawing on the long history of meditation and contemplative practice in Judaism, this workshop will cover the basics of Jewish meditation with instruction, short exercises, Q & (maybe) A, and discussion. The workshop is open to people of all levels of experience and backgrounds, and is designed to offer a broad introduction to Jewish meditation, teachings, and contemplative practice. Come if you are a total beginner or an advanced yogi, if you’re interested in deepening your practice, Jew-ing it up, or finally learning how to sit still.
The class is led by Alison Laichter a meditation teacher, urban planner, community organizer and former Brooklynite. She has taught classes and retreat throughout the world and founded and directed the Jewish Mediation Center (JMC) in NYC, the first ever grassroots and community-led Jewish Meditation Center.