Up-with-Joy Bulletin: Nov 17

1. Neshama Nights/Havdalah Program: THIS Saturday, Nov. 21, 7pm
2. Annual Human Rights Shabbat Friday, December 4, 7:30 pm
3. Calling all spiritual seekers! Spiritual Direction available with Reb Sherril
4. Learning Lab Update: Jewish with Feeling by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l
1. Neshama Nights / Havdalah Special Program: THIS Saturday, November 21
A Taste of “Aging to Sage-ing” 
with Rabbi Sherril Gilbert

“An elder is a person who is growing, learning, still with potential.” -Debbie and Barry Barkan

The journey from middle age to fulfilled elderhood is facilitated by deep, conscious and intentional inner work. The Journey from Aging to Sage-ing© is an engaging, experientially-based program for those interested in exploring the potentials of this phase of life. The Sage-ing work can help you develop a vision for these years that is both personally fulfilling and beneficial to others. This is an introductory session to the work that is highly participatory and may include guided meditations, text study, singing and chanting, sharing life experiences, writing exercises, singing, storytelling and gentle movement. This is an engaging experience for all ages!! Donations encouraged.

The Aging to Sage-ing session follows a sweet, short, musical Havdalah service. Please arrive on time at 7:00 pm!

2. Annual Human Rights Shabbat Friday! December 4, 7:30 pm
Once again this year, Canadian Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights, the Mile End Chavurah, and B’nai Or Montreal join together to observe Human Rights Shabbat. The theme of this year’s program is Sacred Water, Safe Water. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Catherine Kinewesqao Richardson, counselor, researcher and social change facilitator. See the attached poster for more details. Please invite friends and family members to this important Shabbat evening program.
As usual, a scrumptious potluck vegetarian/dessert-y oneg follows the service. Please bring a healthy nosh to share, as you are able. Challah and grape juice/wine will be provided. 
Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 7:30 pm – volunteers please arrive by 6:45 pm for set-up
Place: JCC/YM-YWHA, 5400 Westbury Avenue, Kellert Hall
Donations very welcome!
3. Calling all spiritual seekers! Spiritual Direction available with Reb Sherril
Spiritual direction is the art and practice of examining one’s life to discover the presence and movement of the sacred – which may be different for each individual. In spiritual direction, the focus is on spirituality and not on religion. Spiritual direction is not about deepening religious life, although that may happen as a consequence.
I received ordination and certification as a Mashpiah Ruchanit/Spiritual Director in 2012 from the ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal Seminary. Although I draw from Judaism’s rich and creative resources (sacred writings, rituals, poetry, movement) for inspiration, you do not need to be a member of any particular religion – or any religion at all – to participate in spiritual direction. I am available for both individual, couples, and small-group spiritual direction. Please contact me to learn more, to schedule an appointment, or if you would like to know the cost (sliding scale).
To learn more about spiritual direction and other services and programs that I offer, please visit my website: sherrilgilbert.wix.com/sherrilgilbert.
4. Update on Learning Lab: “Jewish with Feeling” by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l
We have just received our 10 copies of Jewish with Feeling! I will be in touch with those of you who have contacted me to join the Learning Lab.
There are still a couple of spots open, particularly if you already own the book. Here’s the scoop: We will be learning from one of Reb Zalman’s most important, most accessible books, Jewish with Feeling. For the best learning experience, we will limit this group to 14 participants, so if you are interested in this 8-week learning experience, please email or message me ASAP. In your message, please let me know the days and evenings that are best for you, so I can find a time that works for most of us. Once I hear from everyone, I will post the notice for the start of the Learning Lab as well as the suggested cost to participate and location. If you already have the book, great! Start reading, and write down any notes, reflections, and questions that come up for you from the text.
That’s it for now!
Blessings for a sweet and wonderful week!
R’ Sherril
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