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JEWELS: Jewish Education for Women's Enrichment & Living Spiritually

Life is tumultuous, like a ship crashing about on the waves of a roaring ocean storm. At times it can seem directionless, with unexpected challenges throwing us about in every which way. However, fortunate for us, buried within our tool-chest is an anchor we can cast to restore stability.

This course is about taking to heart life’s simple truths, the ones that empower us to overcome our everyday struggles; not by facing the challenges one by one, but by finding our center and aligning with our inner truth. 

It is a spiritual search for G‑d, but from a cosmopolitan, down-to-earth, and plain-spoken approach. It’s about training ourselves to see G‑d in the small miracles of everyday life and about gaining perspective when we’re in the gym, on the road, or in the kitchen.

In Simple Truths we grapple with fundamental Jewish viewpoints that profoundly shift our perspective. We train ourselves to see G‑d’s hand in every situation; and, where G‑d is discovered, challenge becomes opportunity, negative becomes positive, setback becomes turning point, and vulnerability and weakness become impetuses for growth and connection.

Cost: $18 per class
Become a J.E.W.E.L.S. affiliate: $75

Host: Chaya Grossbaum 

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LESSON ONE (Sushi & Wine)

CLAIM YOUR INHERITANCE

It is only natural to want to enjoy life’s pleasures. At the same time, all the pleasures on earth cannot satisfy our inner craving for deeper meaning and purpose.

How are we to balance our inner tug toward all things pleasurable with our human need for meaning and spirituality? Are these desires mutually exclusive? Can they ever align in pursuit of a common goal? This lesson explores the intersection of these two potent human needs, to extract secrets to wholesome living from the wellsprings of Jewish teaching.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

LESSON TWO (Salads & Soups)

WHERE PLEASURE MEETS PURPOSE

In a sand-swept Sinai some three and a half millennia ago, the Jewish nation received the Torah from G‑d. Ever since, Jews the world over have passionately dedicated themselves to its study. From eras ancient to modern, our people have endured tremendous sacrifices to study Torah, sometimes even surrendering their lives in this pursuit.

What is the value of Torah, and why does Judaism venerate its study above all else? This lesson explores the role of Torah study in Jewish life.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

LESSON THREE (Desserts & Daiquiris)

CREATION REVISITED

We are all creators, made in the image of G‑d, the ultimate Creator. But is the difference between our ability to create and G‑d’s merely a quantitative one?

This lesson unearths foundational principles of Jewish thought regarding G‑d’s creation of the world, unearthing ageless wisdom for reframing our approach to life’s obstacles, dealing with anxiety and doubt, and seeing the value in every moment.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

LESSON FOUR

OVERCOMING LIMITATION

To be human is to have an innate desire for greatness—a drive to pursue our noblest dreams, to actualize our highest potential.

In this lesson we will focus on how to capitalize on our strengths. We’ll learn how to draw upon the things about us that are fundamentally good, and transcend our self-perceived limitations to take them to the level of “great”—and, considering the vast reservoir of potential within us, there is never a limit to how great we can become.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

LESSON FIVE

TO LOVE ANOTHER

The quality of our relationships has a direct impact on the quality of our life. But in a world where digital communication and social media are increasingly replacing real-world communication, the capacity to truly connect to others seems more and more like a lost art. How do we cultivate genuine empathy, trust, acceptance, and love in our relationships?

This lesson teaches us how to peel away all the superficialities that divide us, as we discover what ultimately unites us, allowing us to develop truly deep and fulfilling relationships with others. 

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017