Beginner Hebrew and Shalom Retirement
Beginner Hebrew 2.0 (Via Zoom)
Teacher: Carol Smith
Mondays, October 19 through December 7
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
$30 non-member; $25 members
Textbook cost $25
Using Aleph Isn’t Enough, the sequel to Aleph Isn’t Tough, we will take the next step beyond learning the letters and vowels of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. Over the course of eight weeks, we will learn some basic vocabulary, roots, basic Hebrew grammar and keep up with regular reading practice. This course is meant for people who are somewhat comfortable recognizing and pronouncing Hebrew letters and vowels.
The course will be a different format in that it is designed as a collaborative approach to learning. Carol is fine with organizing and facilitating the class but will need your help in figuring out some of this material! So be prepared to work together as we make our way through Aleph Isn’t Enough. The course will aim to cover 5 of the 10 chapters with the remaining 5 chapters to be covered in in the spring. Please register, or at least call the office, as soon as possible so we can order the book for you.
Shalom Retirement! Embracing Transition, Finding Balance (Via Zoom)
Alternate Tuesdays: October 20, November 3 and 17, December 1
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
$80 non-member; $72 members
“In retirement, when we become unmoored from our normal structures and we don’t have to live according to rigorous schedules, mindful living can help reacquaint us with the joys that went unrecognized for so many decades.” Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, From Age-ing to Sage-ing.
Are you embracing a major life transition with delight? Or do you feel adrift at sea? Join with others to pause and contemplate how your transition process is reflected in the multiple meanings of the Hebrew word “shalom”: hello, goodbye, peace and wholeness. This highly participatory, four-session program will help you to:
• Explore your internal images of “retirement.”
• Understand the process of transition as a series of endings, unknowns and beginnings.
• Draw from the practices of “spiritual eldering” including gratitude and forgiveness.
• Consider ongoing shifts in identity and life balance.
• Identify the steps you can take to cultivate your next phase of life – and legacy – with purpose and meaning.
Audrey Seidman is a Vatika/Sage-ing® Mentor, facilitating workshops and passing along practices and wisdom to support positive conscious aging. She is also a spiritual director and an Outreach Chaplain for the Jewish Federation of NENY. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space is limited and registration is encouraged by October 15.