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Registration opens at 8 am.  Learning Sessions (detailed below) run from 9 am - 4:45 pm.  Grand Finale Concert runs 5-6:30 pm.

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Spirituality & Prayer [clear filter]
Sunday, December 8


Sacred Bodies, Sacred Time: Conversations About Monthly Mikveh Immersion
A source of spirituality or an appropriately rejected ritual? Mayyim Hayyim's Lisa Berman moderates a frank discussion with Rabbi Rachel Silverman and others about monthly immersion. This charged observance is on the rise in Boston among Jewish women of all denominations. Join in a conversation about its place in contemporary -- even feminist -- Jewish life.

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Lisa Berman

Lisa Berman is Mayyim Hayyim's Director of Education and has been involved with Mayyim Hayyim since its opening in 2004. Lisa develops curricula for all ages and interest levels; she also organizes and oversees more than 110 programs annually.

Sheri Gurock

Sheri Gurock is a mom of three and a toy tester, baby gear guru, blogger, grudging gym-goer and occasional baker. Sheri and husband Eli own Magic Beans, a chain of baby and toy stores. As buyer for the store, Sheri uses her first-hand experience as a mom to guide her choices. Before starting a family and a business, she was a copywriter.

Claudia Kreiman

Claudia Kreiman has been the Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, MA, since 2007. She grew up in Santiago, Chile. She was ordained at the Rabbinical School of the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, the Israeli Conservative Seminary. Prior to TBZ, Rav Claudia was the Jewish Studies director at JCDS. She is married to Rabbi Ebn Leader and they have one daughter.

Carina Puopko

Graduating from Hampshire College in 2001, Carina became seriously interested in Judaism which eventually led to her Conversion at Mayyim Hayyim in 2005. In 2006 she met her husband-to-be who was then serving as the Orthodox Rabbi at Harvard Hillel. Carina spent 4 years studying in Israel and is now the Rebbetzin of Ahavas Achim in Newburyport and is the proud mother of Judah and Moses.

Rachel Silverman

Rachel Silverman is the Rabbi of Congregational Learning at Congregation Kehillath Israel. Rabbi Rachel holds a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, a Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Davidson School, and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 6


Jewish Mindfulness: A Taste of Mussar
Mussar, a traditional Jewish genre of literature, uses texts and spiritual practices to transform our relationships, involving mind, soul and practical actions to change our lives. In this session, we will study texts on qualities such as gratitude and inner calm to see how the process can be used to improve the quality of our souls and lives. No prior knowledge is necessary. Only that you want to change what you don't like about yourself!


Marcia Plumb

Marcia Plumb is the Associate Rabbi of Mishkan Tefila. In addition to serving as a congregational rabbi, she has been Rabbi for London's Akiva School and Director of Spiritual Formation at Leo Baeck College Rabbinic Seminary. She founded Neshama: For Spiritual Wellbeing, a center for Jewish spiritual growth. She received her ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Marcia also works for Hebrew Senior Life and teaches... Read More →

Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Leffell Conference Room


Passionate Prayer: Finding Yourself As You Stand Before G-d
Prayer can be an expression of mature relationship, just as a marriage can be a mature relationship. Using the breakthrough work of marriage therapist David Schnarch, we will explore intimacy in marriage as a template for intimacy in prayer.


Gavriel Goldfeder

Gavriel Goldfeder is a rabbi who works at MIT Hillel. Before that, he spent six years at the Bat Ayin Yeshiva and ten years in Boulder, CO. Along the way, he has pieced together an approach to everyday Jewish life, and relationships.

Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 15


Jewish Chakras? Modern and Ancient Approaches to Kabbalistic Meditation and Healing
How do Jewish texts and modern practitioners approach the healing of body, mind and soul? Participants in this session will encounter the Jewish wisdom of healing through text, meditation and body work.

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Joshua Berkowitz

Joshua Berkowitz is a Jewish spiritual healer from the Boston area and a student in the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. He is committed to maintaining the healing wisdom of the Jewish past, present and future by adapting ancient texts and modern commentaries to create a new-old modality of Jewish meditation and healing.

Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 5