Judaism for the Beginner’s Mind

with Arik LabowitzBeginner's Mind



Tuesdays, October 6 –December 29, 2015

7:30pm-9pm (13 weeks)

Chochmat HaLev

 Part 1 of the Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program

Whether you had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony as a child or not, you may feel like you are still looking to claim your place as a part of the Jewish community; spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. This year, Chochmat HaLev will be offering a series for those who want to look at the tradition with their own eyes and with a fresh perspective, and to uncover their own connection to the tradition, to the community, and to the divine.

Part 1 (Fall 2015): Judaism as a Spiritual Legacy This first module will take a sweeping look at Jewish History as it corresponds to Spirituality and Spiritual Practice, covering some of the major historical and contemporary Jewish spiritual movements.

Part 2 (Spring 2016): Judaism as a Spiritual Practice The second module with focus on creating Jewish sacred time, sacred space and sacred action. Topics will include: Prayer, Meditation, Mezuzah, Kashrut, Shabbat, Torah Study, Holidays and the Hebrew Calendar.

Part 3 (Fall 2016): Judaism as a Path of Tikkun Olam – The third module will incorporate the primary Jewish goal of the healing and repair of the world into our personal, communal and global awareness.

An Optional Adult B’nei Mitzvah Ceremony will be scheduled for the end of the three modules.

For those who would like to do this course as an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, there will be a half-hour meeting before each class which will focus on Hebrew, Torah Chanting, and Ceremony Leadership.

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

Cost for Part 1:
With Hebrew: CHL Members: $515 General Public: $595
Without Hebrew: CHL Members: $355 General Public: $435
Financial Assistance is available, Contact the Chochmat HaLev office.
Register here.

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 in Berkeley with his wife and two children.