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Wellness Center of Temple Sinai

Banner saying Wellness Center of Temple Sinai—Nourishing the mind, body, and spirit

Many congregants at Temple Sinai are looking for new and meaningful ways to connect with congregational life so we are pleased to present the Wellness Center of Temple Sinai. The mission of the Wellness Center is to promote Wellness and Mind/Body Health by embracing Jewish traditions, values, and practices. The goal of the Wellness Center is to nourish the mind, body, and spirit. We offer workshops and classes on Mussar, Mindfulness Meditation, Chanting and Yoga, Pilates, Wise Aging, and a Parent/Baby Community group. All these programs strive to connect with Jewish thought and practice while at the same time endeavor to provide innovative approaches to build community, comfort, and belonging.

Please contact us at wellnesscenter@oaklandsinai.org for any questions about the Wellness Center of Temple Sinai or join one or all of our programs below!


Upcoming Wellness Classes and Events

 

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Class
Saturday, May 18, 9:00am, Albers Chapel

As we dwell in the wonders and beauty of Springtime, our focus for this month’s meditation session will be to explore and cultivate the heartwarming attribute of Chesed, Loving Kindness.

Join Steve Goldstein as he leads a monthly Jewish Guided Meditation session in cultivating middot (attributes) such as gratitude, loving kindness, joy, forgiveness/self-forgiveness, and compassion. All are welcome, both experienced meditators and those who are new to meditation.

You are welcome to come to one or all of the sessions. Each class is a stand-alone session.

Next Date: June 15.

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Embodied Prayer: Daily Miracles in Motion
Saturday, May 25, 9:15 - 10:15am, Stern Hall

Join Laurie Leiber to explore a series of exercises linked to the Jewish Blessings for Daily Miracles. Based on the principles of Pilates, the movements are a moderate workout for the core, a gentle mobilization of the spine and extremities, and a meditation on the gift of life and health.  

Please bring a mat if you are comfortable getting up and down from the floor. Exercises will be adapted for those who prefer to remain seated.

Please email questions to wellnesscenter@oaklandsinai.org

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Counting the Omer
Counting the Omer is a spiritual journey of personal growth and community building. It is the marking of the 49 day period between Passover and Shavuot, when Moses and our people received the Torah. It is marked by a daily counting — exploring and celebrating each of seven Sefirot — lovingkindness, strength, beauty, endurance, splendor, foundation and presence. Join us on this exciting journey.

This program lasts the entire 49 days of the Omer. Each Sunday the group will re-convene to discuss the daily counting and the spiritual journey.

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Previous Classes and Events

Over 90 attendees enjoyed a wonderful day of activities on Jewish Wellness and Spirituality at the September 30th Wellness Center Open House. The day’s offerings included Baby and Me Parent Group, Torah Study, Music in Motion Shabbat Morning Service, The Art of Mindful Eating, Introduction to Mussar, Embodied Prayer, Wise Aging, and Sukkot Guided Meditation. 


Other Ways to Get Involved
 

Wise Aging

The Wise Aging program explores the experiences, challenges, and opportunities of older adults through a Jewish lens. We offer ongoing Wise Aging groups as well as public presentations, roughly once a month, by experts on topics related to aging. For more information on both, please go to oaklandsinai.org/comm-wise-aging.

Wise Aging Groups explore topics such as cultivating nourishing relationships, living with loss, forgiveness, accepting our aging bodies, legacy and stewardship, and more. Participants have opportunities for personal sharing, mindfulness practice, and text study. Following an initial set of eight sessions, led by trained facilitators, our past groups have all continued in self-facilitated form. A new group will be forming in the Fall of 2023, and is expected to meet in person. Groups are ongoing and member-only. Targeted group: 55+ adults, must apply.

Wise Aging Presentations are free, on Zoom, and usually open to the general public upon registration. Program announcements are made through a Google group list (write to wiseaging@oaklandsinai.org to be added to the list), and on the Temple Sinai website.


Why Call it a Wellness "Center"?

So why a “Center”? This is a virtual Center existing on the Temple’s website and social media sites. We want our congregants and the Jewish community at large to be able to go to one central location to find our wellness offerings. By offering these opportunities all under the umbrella of a Center, it demonstrates our goal of being intentional in our programs to promote Wellness. The Wellness Center’s Kavanah (the Hebrew word for intention) is to offer an innovative and comprehensive approach to our Jewish spirituality and wellness focusing on the following areas:

  • Mussar is a Jewish spiritual practice that helps us in leading meaningful and ethical lives.
  • Meditation techniques cultivate a deeper sense of Jewish values such as gratitude.
  • Yoga practices connect our bodies and minds to our breath and soul through Jewish musical chant and motion. 
  • Embodied Prayer explores a series of exercises, based on Pilates principles, linked to the Jewish Blessings for Daily Miracles.
  • Parents and their newborns attend in-person sessions to support their adjustment to life with their newborn and explore Jewish themes that relate to starting a young family.
  • Wise Aging explores the experiences, challenges, and opportunities as an older adult through a Jewish lens.

Please contact us at wellnesscenter@oaklandsinai.org for any questions about the Wellness Center of Temple Sinai.

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