Judaism for the Beginner’s Mind : Module 2

Beginner's Mind

Jewish Spirit in the Present
With Arik Labowitz

Tuesdays, Sept. 9, 16, 30, Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 Dec. 2, 9, 16.

13 weeks
Chochmat HaLev


Part 2 of the Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program

Whether you are new to Judaism or simply wanting to connect on a deeper level, these classes offer an opportunity to engage with the tradition with fresh eyes and a new perspective. This module, the second of three, is entitled Jewish Spirit in the Present. This series will focus on Judaism as a personal spiritual practice, including the topics of: Prayer and Blessings, Meditation, Tefillin, Kashrut, Shabbat, Mikvah, Torah Study, and the Hebrew Calendar. 

 There are some participants in this group that are working towards an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony which will take place at the end of the three modules. These participants meet a half hour before each class to study Hebrew and Torah Chanting. If you are interested in joining this group, please speak to Arik directly (arikzev@gmail.com).

Part 1: Jewish Spirit in the Past-Spirituality in Ancient Israel, Paradigm Shifts in our Historical Timeline, Jewish Historical and Contemporary Spiritual Movements, Jewish Spirituality in the Face of Anti-Semitism

Part 2: Jewish Spirit in the Present – Daily Jewish Practices, Approaches to Prayer, Meditation, G-d, Kashrut, Shabbat, Mikvah, Torah Study, Hebrew Calendar

Part 3: Jewish Spirit into the Future-Tikkun Olam, Community, Women in Judaism, Messianic Visions, An Evolving Tradition, Jewish Spirituality in response to the Digital Age

There will be a wonderful, optional B’nei Mitzvah Ceremony for those who complete the program.

Each class will be divided up into two parts.

1.  Optional Hebrew  (7:00-7:30pm)
2.  Beginner’s Mind Class (7:30pm-9pm)

Cost: With Hebrew
CHL Members: $515 General Public: $595
Without Hebrew    
CHL Members: $355 General Public: $435
Minimum 10 participants –register now!
Financial Assistance is available, Contact the Chochmat HaLev office.

 Arik LabowitzArik Labowitz is a spiritual teacher and leader in several Jewish communities along the Pacific Coast. He is devoted to helping families and individuals find meaningful ways to engage with the Jewish tradition, regardless of their belief and practice. Arik brings a unique mix of traditional knowledge together with an openness to new perspectives that keeps his teaching and his own practice vibrant and dynamic. He lives here in Berkeley with his wife and two children.