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April 2018

Shabbat Your Body: How to Find True Rest Using the Alexander Technique

Saturday, April 21 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Silverlake Independent JCC, 1110 Bates Ave. Los Angeles, 90029 United States + Google Map
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In this three-hour workshop, attendees will gain a hands-on understanding of how to internalize the wisdom of Shabbat through the body using the Alexander Technique.  Our body is often overworking without our knowledge.  Shabbat asks us to unburden ourselves from our weekday concerns and to not perform work, but how do we find that freedom and unburdening in the body as well as the mind?  Often, our body is overworking in ways we don’t realize.  How can we let go…

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Women’s Mitzvot with Rabbanit Alissa, Rabba Ramie & Ms. Atara Segal

Sunday, April 22 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Free

What makes a mitzvah a 'woman's mitzvah'?  How can we as women deepen our connection to the femininity within our halachic and spiritual tradition?  And how do we find our voice in and love of the tradition even at times when we are struggling with it?  Join Rabbanit Alissa, Rabba Ramie, and Ms. Atara Segal in learning and confidential discussion.  Brunch will be served. For women only. For this one event, you must register at bdj@bnaidavid.com

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Working with Fear And Anxiety through Practicing Jewish Mindfulness

Sunday, April 22 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, 90049 United States + Google Map
Free

We live in such challenging times. From fear about the present or the future, to anxiety arising from personal circumstances, learning to notice how fear appears in us and how we habitually respond is an important first step to creating more calm in our lives. It is possible to learn how to better navigate fearful times. These practices and tools are essential, especially now. We will look at a few models and practices derived from Jewish sources that offer guidance…

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Parenting an LGBTQ+ Teen in the Age of Social Media

Sunday, April 22 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, 90035 United States + Google Map
Free

This workshop is dedicated to the memory of Blaze Bernstein, zichrono livracha, may his memory be a blessing. Now more than ever parents are wondering how to help their LGBTQ+ teens with the unique struggles they face in the world. The topic of dating can be particularly fraught for both the teen and parental figure. With social media and dating apps promising the answer to every teen’s social and sexual needs, teens need more guidance than ever to make the…

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Real Talk: Being a Queer Teen in the Age of Social Media

Sunday, April 22 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, 90035 United States + Google Map
Free

Whether you are trying to figure out your identity or actually come out as LGBTQ+, sometimes the possibilities and emotions get ahead of you and you can find yourself in uncomfortable or potentially damaging situations, especially when interacting online. Don't let pressure or social media hijack your story. Share your thoughts and concerns in a safe and confidential space. Learn to communicate your personal story more effectively, build trust within yourself and others, as well as manage how and when…

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Dealing with Stress: A Workshop for Teenagers

Sunday, April 22 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, 90046 United States + Google Map
Free

Parents, school and society are constantly pushing you to get ready for the next phase of life.  When do you get to enjoy the now?  Through mindfulness and tools from our tradition, this workshop will teach tools for living in the now and dealing with your stress in healthy ways. For teens only.

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Jewish Mindful Movement

Monday, April 23 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, 90064 United States + Google Map
Free 58 tickets left

Jewish Mindful Movement is a class where participants are led on a journey of prayer, movement, meditation and healing.  I use Jewish wisdom, teachings and the weekly Torah portion along with music and guided movement to enable students to get a full body mind and spirit workout. The class is an hour and a half and I do some talking but the majority of the class will be participatory.  This class is good for all ages and fitness levels.  The…

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Zumba for the Jewish Soul

Monday, April 23 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, 90036 United States + Google Map
Free

Dance the spirit of your Jewish soul. This class has easy to follow choreography and Jewish themed music. Class is for all levels. Bring water and a towel. Come ready to leave your inhibitions at the door, open your Jewish soul, and let loose with Sara Tanz.

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New Beginnings: A Photographic Journey of Surviving Cancer

Tuesday, April 24 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

A conversation with noted photographer, Bill Aron, on his photographic documentary of cancer survivors. There are four phases of cancer: the diagnosis; the treatment; the silent, or post-treatment phase; and the acceptance that there will be a new beginning, a new normal.  Since 2006 Bill Aron has been interviewing and photographing survivors about the 3rd and 4th stages of their experience. The “silent phase” of cancer occurs after treatment ends, when the flurry of treatment and doctors’ appointments is replaced…

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Awaken Your Body  to Awaken Your Mind and Spirit: Intersections of The Feldenkrais Method® and Judaism

Tuesday, April 24 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Century City Physical Therapy, 2080 Century Park East #410 Los Angeles, 90067 United States + Google Map
Free

Life just keeps getting busier!  As we speed up and multi-task, Judaism reminds us to slow down once a week for Shabbat.  Can we find more ways to do this moment to moment?  Our bodies too have ways of asking us to slow down, to feel more, and do less.  In this workshop we will explore where Judaism and Feldenkrais intersect to foster learning on how to slow down, come to our senses and drop into the present moment.  The…

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The Talk Project: Peer to Peer Teen Conversations on Sexual Violence in our Culture – Empower Yourself

Tuesday, April 24 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Akiba, 5249 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, United States + Google Map
Free

"I'm having #TheTalk because I need to know these things. They affect me and all of my friends." The Talk Project is designed to de-stigmatize the discussion of sexual violence in order to empower teens to understand the causes of it, to speak out against violence and harmful behavior, to engage in healthy, consensual relationships, to make informed decisions about seeking legal justice if necessary, and to create cultural change. You get to talk about these issues in a safe…

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Coping with Chronic Illness and Pain

Wednesday, April 25 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location Provided Upon Registration
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Rabbi Robbins has lived with chronic/catastrophic illness for the past thirteen years at level 10 from nerve damage. Both from his spiritual resources and training as Rabbi and Kabbalist, along with a doctorate in psychology, he will share and guide the participants through means of accessing their own resources for managing illness and pain. His dissertation focused on the psychoneuroimmunology of trauma and its relationship to disease. *address provided upon registration

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T’Shuvah – a Jewish Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Wednesday, April 25 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, 90034 United States + Google Map
Free

As a Jewish addiction treatment center, Beit T’Shuvah has been immersed in a 30-year study of what we call human brokenness – the inherent inner human dilemma wherein we live in an uncertain world with uncertain meaning and an uncertain future. Our teachers have been those in our community who are most acutely broken: the junkies, criminals, alcoholics, gamblers and thieves, who are no longer able to deny their inner scission. We have found that the destructive behavior of addiction…

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Israeli Folk Dancing

Wednesday, April 25 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, 90036 United States + Google Map
Free

Love Israeli music?  Want to be healthy, have fun and enjoy great exercise?  This is the perfect class for you! Join Orly Star in a celebration of Israeli dance. No experience necessary.

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And It Was Evening, And It Was Morning: Spiritual Practices for One Day

Wednesday, April 25 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Playa Vista Jewish Community, Chatelaine Building, Community Room, 5721 S. Crescent Park Drive Playa Vista, 90094 United States + Google Map
Free

Stressed? Challenged just to get through the day?  Want to experience more joy?  This workshop will combine Jewish texts, sacred chant, and movement to reveal three spiritual practices to help you to wake up in the morning with full intention, reconnect with yourself at mid-day, and wind down your energy at bedtime.  Please bring a laptop, cell phone or other recording device to the workshop.

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Aging With Grace and Resilience

Thursday, April 26 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location Provided Upon Registration
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Jewish tradition teaches that we are both body and soul.  As we age, we are challenged by diminished physical capacity, loss, and unexpected changes in our lives, yet our souls can continue to expand. Open yourself to the possibilities, as expressed by Rabbi Eva Robbins' comprehensive concept of SOAR, a four-prong outline of the necessary components to nurture one's life, both through techniques of spiritual practice as well as an awareness of physical sustenance in order to find meaning, wellness…

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The Complex Inner World of Jewish Teens in a #metoo World – How to Support Them During These Challenging and Exciting Years.

Thursday, April 26 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, 90035 United States + Google Map
Free

Please join us for a dynamic and informative session on the joys and challenges of raising healthy, modern Jewish teens in a #metoo world.  Moving Traditions' California Regional Director Alisha Pedowitz, will lead an exploration of some of the major pressures and issues (anxiety, sexuality, conflict with authority, social media, etc.) facing Jewish teens today--and how the Jewish community can help support our teens.

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How to stay healthy, happy, and still have fun in a #metoo reality

Thursday, April 26 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, 90035 United States + Google Map
Free

For teens only! Explore what it means to be a teen in a #metoo reality  including the stress, the pressure and conflicting messages about gender and sexuality and learn strategies to stay healthy and happy through these challenging and exciting years.

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Getting Into Holy Shape – Yoga and the Hebrew Aleph Bet

Friday, April 27 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location Provided Upon Registration
Free 9 tickets left

Celebrate and elevate your physical self to more fully embody your divine nature.  Stretch, strengthen and relax as we practice authentic yoga inspired by our ancient holy letters. The Aleph Bet are more than letters. The Hebrew word “ot” also means sign.  Sign of what?   Come find out.

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Shmirat Haguf Spa Day with MoHo WeHo

Saturday, April 28 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Moishe House West Hollywood West Hollywood, 90046 United States + Google Map

Shmirat Haguf is the Hebrew phrase for “Caring for the body.” Shmirat means “to care” or “to protect” and Haguf is “the body.” With so much stress nowadays, we sometimes forget to slow down and care for ourselves as it is written in the Torah. This event will include different stations to experience and care for our bodies including yoga, chair massage, a DIY station where guests can apply a homemade facial mask, and make a body scrub they will…

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Building Resiliance in Teens

Sunday, April 29
The Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, 90049 + Google Map

*This event requites separate, paid registration Join us on Sunday, April 29th, for Building Resilience in Teens: A Wellness Conference for Parents and Educators. Our Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI) is proud to present this daylong event that will provide insight, skills, and resources to support the teens in our lives. Be inspired by featured keynote, Julie Lythcott-Haims*, author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and…

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Hype – A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims and Bad Advice

Sunday, April 29 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90049 United States + Google Map

Does sugar feed cancer cells? When can naturopathic medicine have merit? Which vitamins have value? Can detoxes be toxic? Are genetically modified foods unhealthy? Is gluten that bad? Can vaccines cause brain disorders such as autism? Is genetic testing a good idea? What health issues should we really be worried about...and what’s just plain HYPE? These are some of the many questions Nina Shapiro, M.D., hears constantly from patients in her practice, as well as from friends, acquaintances, and the…

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Songs and Yoga Poses of Peace

Sunday, April 29 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, 91107 United States + Google Map
Free

Traditional yoga poses are inspired by many things including warriors. Yogic warriors, however,  are strong and engage in peace, not war or fighting.  We will grow into our warrior poses for strength and then rest deeply symbolizing peace.  Our rest will be accompanied by the beautiful sounds of Canter Ruth Berman Harris (vocals) Steve Moos (mandolin and vocals) and Donnie Kirpatrick (guitar) offering us inspiration via songs of peace in Hebrew and English.

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May 2018

Hereditary Cancer Risk Symposium 2018

Tuesday, May 1 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, 90046 United States + Google Map

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