Creative Practice as Spiritual Self-Care with Or Har-Gil
Materials Fee: $20
Are you looking to enliven your spiritual practice and deepen your connection to Jewish symbols and ancestral wisdom? Do you find yourself drawn to spirituality but concerned about cultural appropriation and sustainability in ‘New Age’ practices?
These sessions will give you an opportunity to explore Jewish themes, stories and symbols through mixed media creative exploration, journalling and group discussion. Over the course of 6 weeks, we’ll create uniquely personal and meaningful creative objects (e.g. intuition cards, new moon collages) and rituals to support your spiritual self-care.
No artistic or spiritual experience is needed to participate, just an open mind and heart!
Or Har-Gil is a trained Art Therapist who creates safe, playful containers to show up exactly as you are, create from your inner self, and find the beauty in your messy enough-ness. She runs Art Therapy groups at Sunnybrook Hospital, Wellspring, and Addiction Rehab Toronto,
and offers one-on-one sessions and workshops through her private practice.
Judaism + Modernity:
Faith Based Social Justice with the Lishma Team
What is ‘Social Justice’ versus ‘Tzedakah’, ‘Tikkun Olam’ and acts of ‘Gimilut Chasadim’? What Jewish Social Justice initiatives are currently running in the GTA? Who are our interfaith partners? How do you find others who share your passion and effect change in the world?
This discussion-based course will provide an interactive opportunity to dive into the foundational texts for Jewish Social Justice, and serve as an entry point for those looking to deepen their own work for Justice in our world.
Note: There will be two field trips on Wednesday November 27th: during the day (for those who can participate), the group will attend the ISARC Faith Leaders Forum at Queen’s Park, and in the evening, we’ll meet the organizers and change-makers at the JIAS / Christ Church Deer Park “In Harmony: A Concert In Support of Newcomers” program at Holy Blossom Temple.
The Lishma Team consists of: Rabbi Zachary Goodman, Holy Blossom Temple; Cara Gold, MNjcc; Aaron Rotenberg, Annex Shul; Jenny Isaacs, BASE; Yacov Fruchter, Beth Tzedec Congregation. Rabbi Jordan Helfman, Holy Blossom Temple is coordinating this course.
Text and Context:
6 Amazing Texts with Rabbi Zachary Goodman
We are called "The People of the Book" but what book are we talking about, exactly? The Torah? (That's five books!) The Mishnah? The Talmud? The Commentaries? The answer is... YES! We are inheritors of a very large body of biblical and rabbinic literature and it is our task to engage with it all! This text-based course will draw from the broad spectrum of Jewish sources - ancient, medieval and contemporary - and will engage with the topics of pluralism, disagreement, leadership, God, power and time.
Rabbi Zachary Goodman was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. His studies brought him to Austin, Jerusalem and Cincinnati before moving to Toronto this summer to serve as a rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple. He is heavily influenced by the life and writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel. Rabbi Goodman loves to explore the outdoors, travel, cook, watch sports and host game nights. Music is also an important part of his life; he plays guitar, piano and sings.