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Time As Healer: Rosh Chodesh As A Channel
To Transformation And Wholeness
Monthly Class for Members of the Network of ALEPH Communities
Taught by Rabbi Anne Brener, LCSW and Reb Simona Aronow
The Reb Zalman z"l shared tools for harnessing the sacred flow of time so that we might align ourselves with its passage and use time as a guide to spiritual growth and transformation. In this class, we will explore the lessons of time and her seasons, using the Hebrew months as gateways to alignment with the natural healer that resides in both our inner and outer landscapes.
We will meet each month to explore the energy, spiritual opportunity, and gift of each Jewish lunar month, as well as its roots in antiquity and its potential for personal growth and healing. Geared to the changing themes of the calendar, we will use the organic flow of the seasons and the esoteric meaning of each month to navigate the ebb and flow of our ever-transforming lives.
The SeferYetzirah, an early Kabbalistic text, will be one of the wellsprings from which we will draw. This text correlates each month with a Hebrew letter, a particular permutation of the name of YHVH, one of the Hebrew tribes, an astrological "mazal" or sign and a specific sense through which that month can open us to healing and tikkun. Each class will include a meditation as well as a movement exploration, as we present tools for the embodiment of the teachings of the month. We will also layer in the holidays and understanding of the cyclical energies available for spiritual and personal growth during that month.
We will meet first in the month of Second Adar to discuss the vision for the class and introduce some of the spiritual practices and texts we will be using. Our journey through the months will begin in the Hebrew month of Nissan, which appears in the Bible as the first month and comes at a time when rebirth is evident in the physical world.
THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE FOR THIS CLASS FOR ALEPH NETWORK MEMBERS ONLY. IT IS HOPED THAT WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED IT, YOU WILL FEEL EMPOWERED TO LEAD ROSH CHODESH GROUPS AND CARRY THE TEACHINGS AND VALUES OF ALEPH TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND BEYOND.
Please RSVP to Stephanie Bello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are NOT a current member of an ALEPH Network Community, please register HERE. All classes are $18 each, or can be purchased in a pack of $180 for all.
Classes will take place on the following Sundays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm PT / 4:30 - 6:00 pm ET.
Schedule as follows:
Rosh Chodesh Introduction: March 24
Nissan: April 7
Iyar: May 5
Sivan: June 2
Tammuz: June 30
Av: August 4
Elul: August 25
Tishre: September 22
Cheshvan: October 27
Kislev: November 24
Tevet: December 15
Shvat: January 19, 2020
Adar: February 23, 2020
Each class will be recorded. The classes can be accessed via Zoom.
For information on how to connect, please RSVP to Stephanie Bello at email@example.com.
*Rosh Chodesh Course Announcement*
We are delighted to discover that so many of you are interested in the Rosh Chodesh Class being offered by me (Rabbi Anne Brener) and Simona Aronow. We are very excited for it to begin. While originally planned as a benefit for the members of the ALEPH Communities Network, we understand that a number of you who wish to participate live in places where such communities do not exist. We don’t want to let you down.
We've adjusted the course offering as follows:
1. For those of you who are members of ALEPH Network Communities the class will be remain free of charge, a benefit of the dues paid to ALEPH. To register, please email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. To those of you who do not have access to ALEPH Network Communities, we ask for a donation of $180 for the year or you can pay as you go for $18/class. No one will be turned away if this is a financial burden. Because we cannot burden the already stretched ALEPH staff, we will need you to stay on top of this yourself and not wait for an invoice.
Meanwhile, if there is interest and we can figure out the logistics, we will explore the possibility of creating an on-line community that might offer some of the things that you are craving way out there in the diaspora. And while we know that this does not satisfy all of the needs of being part of a community, perhaps it will help you to stay connected to ALEPH between the times we can be panim-al-panim (face-to-face & soul-to-soul).
Rabbi Anne Brener
ALEPH Board Member
Chair, ALEPH Network Communities Committee
Rabbi Anne Brener, LCSW, a member of the ALEPH Board since January 2018, is Professor of Ritual and Human Development at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, where she trains rabbinical, cantorial, and chaplaincy students. A Spiritual Director, Psychotherapist, Meditation Teacher, and Author, she specializes in grief, healing and spirituality and assists institutions in creating communities grounded in compassion. Rabbi Brener was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Jewish Religion in 2008. Her writing appears in many anthologies on Jewish spirituality and healing and she has been a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and other media outlets. Her acclaimed book, Mourning & Mitzvah, Walking the Mourners' Path through Grief to Healing, is in its expanded third edition. A co-founder of one of California's first shelters for victims of Domestic Violence, she has worked as a Hospice Chaplain and co-founded the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction Training Program.
Reb Simona Aronow, BC-DMT, CMA, NCCC, BCTMB, has been a Dance/Movement and Somatic therapist, student of Kabbalah and Authenic Movement, healer and educator, for 40 years. She is empowered by Rabbi Zalman z"l, as a Sacred Minister, Sacred Movement and Spiritual Embodiment Guide, Morat Torah, Ritualist, and Life Cycle Officiate. Simona is founder and director of "Embodying the Great Mystery", a two year program teaching Kabbalah through movement. She has also been on faculty with ALEPH's Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body Training, directed by Rabbi Diane Elliot, and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.