Fall courses


Jewish Parenting: Finding Spirituality in the Mundane

Led by Rabbi Elyssa Cherney
Wednesdays online: Sept 11, Oct 23, Nov 13, Dec 4, 12:00–1:00pm EST 

(All sessions will be recorded and available to participants. You may join the session live or watch recordings at your own convenience.)

Ever wonder what Judaism has to say about parenting? Or how to find spirituality while caregiving? Or how to apply Jewish values and holiness to the mundane acts of parenthood? Rabbi Elyssa Cherney explores these questions and more through the lens of ancient, modern and contemporary Jewish thinkers. Using a Reconstructionist Jewish perspective, we will explore ideas from Mussar, mindfulness and spirituality along with popular parenting techniques to learn how Judaism can act as a guide for raising the next generation. This course is open to all those interested in navigating traditions and rituals in their home and exploring where Judaism may fit into their lives and their roles as parents.

$144 for four sessions, run by www.ritualwell.org. Register below.

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Love and Religion

Led by Rabbi Elyssa Cherney
Wednesdays September 18 & 25 October 2 &16 from 7-8:30 pm at Good Karma Cafe at 928 Pine Street in Philadelphia.

Being part of an
interfaith/intercultural couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone.This 4-session workshop offers a safe environment for couples to reflect on their backgrounds, their differences and similarities and discuss their hopes, plans and dreams for the future.

This is for couples who:
want to explore questions about their life together, including: How can we honor both of our heritages? Can we raise our children in one religion while exposing them to the other one? How will we celebrate holidays and lifecycle events? How can we talk to parents and other relatives about issues related to our interfaith relationship?

want to discuss and begin to make decisions about their religious/spiritual/cultural life together with support from other couples and a non-judgmental facilitator

want guidance from a facilitator who has experience working with interfaith couples and helping them to address actual and potential challenges particular to them

want to get to know and develop relationships with other interfaith couples who are thinking about similar issues.

$50/couple to Interfaithfamily.com. Register below.


Spiritual soul: writing workshop

Led by Rabbi Elyssa Cherney
Wednesdays online or in person tbd Oct 23 & 30, Nov 6, 13 & 20, Dec 4.

How does the story of you life provide meaning for you? In this 6-week class students will learn about what a spiritual autobiography is and take on writing exercises that help bring clarity to their life’s purpose. Concluding with a special evening of sharing.

A spiritual autobiography is:
• a deeply personal reflection that tries to capture your inner life and thoughts about the unexplainable moments held within.
• focuses on, or starts with a single event or incident that somehow connects to your larger purpose.
• allows you the freedom to explore your own story. It welcomes all forms of creative expression, allowing your true soul to come forward and shine!

  • is extremely fun to deep dive into!

$108 for six sessions, run by Tacklingtorah. Email tacklingtorah.com for more info and to register.