November 2020 -- Cheshvan-Kislev 5781,  Volume 26, Issue 11

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WJCS Healing Center Programs

Westchester Jewish Community Services {WJCS} will be presenting the following virtual Healing Center Programs:


Does the Soul Survive: Jewish Views of the Afterlife -- There is a rich abundance of belief about the afterlife in Jewish tradition. Join to explore what Judaism has to teach on this topic.  On 2 Thursdays, November 5 and 19, 10:00-11:15 AM $36 suggested fee

 From Where Does My Help Come? Confronting Mental Illness--Join the conversation about mental illness in the Jewish community. The evening will include a panel discussion, a film, and workshops. Co-facilitated by Brenda Haas, LMSW, Ed.M, and Rabbi Pamela Wax.  On Monday, November 9, 7:30-8:45 PM. Donations Welcome!

 In Thanksgiving: Taking Stock of Our Friendships --Through text study about friendship, as well as journaling exercises, the group will honor the people in our lives in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. On Monday, November 16, 4:00-5:30 PM $10 suggested fee


Facing Advanced Care Together, a unique opportunity to discern both personal and Jewish values around end of life wishes and decision making. Co-facilitated by Heidi Weiss, LMSW, MHA and Rabbi Pamela Wax on November 23 and December 7 at 10am. Suggested fee is $25. Register at pwax


 The Jewish Way in Hope and Resilience--Jews have survived cataclysms and tragedies because of a spirit of hope and resilience. What are the building blocks for such an attitude, and what can we learn from ancient Jewish tradition and Hasidic masters to help us attain it? Held on 2 Thursdays, December 3 and 10, 10:30 AM-12:00 noon $36 suggested fee


Bringing Light into the Darkness: A Chanukah Bereavement Program--Celebrate the healing potential of Chanukah. For those with any kind of loss at any stage of the grieving process. Bring your Chanukah menorah to the virtual screen. Facilitated by Gillian Rittmaster, LMSW, and Rabbi Pamela Wax. Wednesday, December 16, 5:30-7:00 PM $10 suggested fee


 Ongoing Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Groups-- will be meeting virtually until further notice   In these ongoing groups, learn the essential skills of Mindfulness Meditation within a Jewish context and be introduced to other traditional Jewish contemplative practices. No prior meditation experience is required. Suggested Donation: $5-10 per session. No sessions for holidays. Every Monday, 9:30-10:45 am, (excluding holidays) Suggested donation: $5-10


Every Thursday, 9:30-10:45 am. Suggested donation: $5-10   Facilitated by Ruth Rosenblum, LCSW, certified meditation teacher. Newcomers must email Ruth at  Donations always gratefully accepted


Preregistration is required for all Healing Center Programs. ZOOM access information will be provided upon registration with Rabbi Wax at Register at least 24 hours prior to start of program in order to insure you receive access information in time.


Donations are welcome, made out to “WJCS--Jewish Programs” and mailed to:  WJCS-Finance Dept., 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603.