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Saturday, January 13
 

7:15pm

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Cannabis: Jewish Attitudes Ancient and Modern
We will examine traditional texts and modern responses to mind-altering substances, beginning with the anointing oils in the Torah to current halakhic and medical perspectives.

Presenters
avatar for James Mirel

James Mirel

Rabbi Mirel has served the community for over 40 years as rabbi and Jewish educator. He is a graduate of Reed College and the Hebrew Union College.


Saturday January 13, 2018 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Highlander (North)
 
Sunday, January 14
 

10:15am

Jewish Taboos: Transforming Our Lives by Addressing the Unthinkable
There are many topics Jews don’t like to talk about publicly, especially those that relate to mental health—addiction, child abuse, and infertility, chief among them. Failing to address these issues often limits opportunities for help and growth. This conversation will look at these “taboo” subjects and discuss the healthy ways we can improve ourselves and our relationships by addressing the darkness in our lives. We will also look at transforming our lives through the long Jewish tradition of changing our stories and our names. This session will be informative and affirming of the power we have to live better.

Presenters
avatar for Ahuva Batya Scharff

Ahuva Batya Scharff

Dr. Ahuva Batya [Constance] Scharff has a PhD in transformative studies, specializing in addiction recovery and spiritual experience. She is coauthor of the Amazon.com #1 bestselling book Ending Addiction for Good. Dr. Scharff speaks worldwide to healing professionals on the scie... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Horizon (South)

1:15pm

Accepting Death in Order to Live Life with Joy
Through music/niggunim, texts, chevruta, and discussion, we will explore daily, weekly, and annual Jewish rituals that invite us to face death and loss in order to live more actualized, grateful, and joyful lives.

Presenters
avatar for Avi Rosenfeld

Avi Rosenfeld

Avi grew up as a secular western wandering Jew. His first trip to Israel at age 20 and subsequent time spent living in Israel and learning in Israeli yeshivot helped start his life-long dynamic relationship to G-d. Avi's work as a hospice chaplain continues to inspire his ever changing... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Horizon (South)

2:45pm

Tanya on One Foot
Do you have conflicting desires and emotions? How can you determine what you really want out of life? Come explore the wisdom of the Kabbalah. It is waiting to help you overcome barriers to self-fulfillment. Through the lens of the Tanya, a book written by the first Chabad Rebbe in 1796, we will dig deep into the human psyche. This is no ordinary self-help lecture; it will provide you with the perspective to understand who you are and what you can become. No previous Jewish experience or knowledge is needed—come chart a new course for a life filled with purpose, all in 75 minutes. Can’t beat that, can you?

Presenters
avatar for Shnai Levitin

Shnai Levitin

Shnai Levitin was born and raised in Seattle and left for Yeshiva at age 14. After spending some time studying in Detroit, New York, and Israel, he then received his rabbinic ordination in Israel. He moved back to Seattle three years ago with his wife and children to establish Chabad... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Aurora (South)

4:15pm

Intro to Jewish Meditation
What makes meditation “Jewish”? Come explore the history and concepts of Jewish meditation with Rabbi Shmuel Brody, the rabbi of Ashreichem Yisrael, a young and vibrant shul in South Seattle. Rabbi Brody will lead participants in a meditation practice using the uniquely Jewish ideas and thoughts. He will be your guide. Come and explore your mind.

Presenters
avatar for Shmuel Brody

Shmuel Brody

Rabbi Shmuel Brody is the founding rabbi of Ashreichem Yisrael, a young and vibrant shul in South Seattle. Rabbi Brody leads the Jewish Meditation Group, a community of diverse Jews who gather monthly for meditation, where kugel is enjoyed at its conclusion. Rabbi Brody is joined... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Aurora (South)