Please join JFCS & the LEAH program for these community talks.
Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Rd. Tucson Arizona 85718
Free and Open to the Public. Seating is limited.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 11am to 12:30pm | JCC Library
Nourishing Love & Happiness: Mindfulness Techniques & Relationship Health
Speaker: Shari Goettel, LCSW
Incorporating the practice of mindfulness into our lives has a positive impact on our individual well-being. This discussion will focus on the use of mindfulness in couples counseling and specific skills that increase gratitude and compassion in interpersonal relationships.
Shari Goettel is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Tucson, who has worked in a variety of clinical settings as a therapist and an administrator. As a trainer and presenter, Goettel draws from her background in Imago Relationship Therapy, Encounter-centered Couples Therapy, her teachers and mentors, and Buddhist psychology. Goettel creates a rich learning space in which people can explore new ideas, beliefs and habits.
As a teacher and guide, she enjoys supporting couples, therapists, and other professionals from a relational, integrative approach that facilitates the integration of personal development, skills and being present with oneself. She has a warm interactive style and uses humor to create a welcoming space for couples, workshop participants and professionals to embrace their personal growth with enthusiasm and joy.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 11am to 12:30pm | JCC Multipurpose Room
The Role of Spirituality in a Healthy Household
Speaker: Avraham Alpert, Spiritual leader, Congregation Bet Shalom
Sacred time and emotional fullness can help promote meaningful and long-term family health.
Enjoy an interactive and reflective conversation about bringing family closer together through age-old practices such as transforming a dining room table into an altar to create shared family spirituality.
Avraham Alpert is in his final year of rabbinical seminary at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles after serving as a hazzan for more than 18 years in Arizona, Nevada, and Northern California. He has chosen to utilize the rabbinate as a platform for connecting with receptive souls.
As a cantor and hazzan, Alpert was invested and commissioned by the Cantors Assembly. Previously, he studied for five years with Ivor Lichterman, who in turn received the cantorial tradition from his father, Hazzan Jakub Lichterman of the Great Nozyk Shul, in Poland. In Israel, Alpert was a student of Maestro Elli Jaffe, the director and conductor of the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir. Alpert trained in cantorial arts and vocal technique with virtuoso Daniel Gildar of Philadelphia. Hazzan Alpert holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the Herberger College of Arizona State University.
Alpert is known equally for his fervor and commitment to Torah, prayer, and the people of Israel. In addition to leading services, sharing words of Torah, Alpert can be found officiating at a full range of life cycle events, counseling those in need, training students of all ages, coordinating lay-leaders, developing innovative programs, and teaching creative classes.