Neshama Center

B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom is partnering with the Mandell Jewish Community Center to create The Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning. The Hebrew word “neshama” means “soul” and is related to the word “neshima,” meaning “breath.” At Neshama, we invite people of all backgrounds to take a breather from the fast-paced world in which we live, and join us for inspiring, creative, joyful Jewish learning.

The Neshama Center offers multi-week courses as well as single session programs and workshops. Register now for our Fall semester by emailing office@btsonline or by calling the BTS office at 860-243-3576. Classes meet at BTS (180 Still Road on the West Hartford/Bloomfield line) or at the Mandell JCC (335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford).

As we move into a new year, take the opportunity to…
Challenge your mind ~ Feed your soul ~ Express yourself ~ Connect with others

FALL 2017/5778


Mussar: Path of the Mensch

Tuesdays @ 7:30 pm at BTS; this is a full-year course which meets every other week
October 17th Introductory Session (Free)
Fall dates: 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19; Spring dates: 3/6, 3/20, 4/10, 5/1, 5/15, 5/29
Instructor: Rabbi Cantor
Fee (includes book and materials): $120/$100 for BTS or JCC members & Neshama Patrons
Class limit: 15 students
Description: Mussar is a transformative Jewish practice for self-improvement “which focuses on living a more conscientious life and heightening awareness of the world and one’s responsibilities; in short, becoming more of a mensch.” Put another way: Mussar helps us reach for wholeness and holiness. This course is based on the book Everyday Holiness: the Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar, by Alan Morinis, and is run in cooperation with the Mussar Institute. Outside reading and study required between sessions.

Friends of Yiddish

2nd Sunday of each month @ 10:30 am at the Mandell JCC
10/15, 12/10, 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 6/10, 7/8, 8/12
Coordinator: Barbara Katzman
Description: An informal, mostly English, bi-lingual drop-in social group which meets to hear a guest speaker, have a discussion & maybe absorb a Yiddish word or two. Plus, a nosh.


Latkes & Lights: A Hanukkah Storytelling Event

Saturday, December 16th @ 6:30 pm at BTS
Fee: $5; free for BTS or JCC members & Neshama Patrons
Description: Celebrate Hanukkah with us! Hear true-life tales about courage and candles, freedom and flickering flames.

Plus, delicious holiday treats. Call the office if you want to pitch us a story.

Neshama is growing – we invite you to grow with us!

Introduction to Jewish Mindfulness, Artist Beit Midrash, Drama and Drumming Workshops, Jewish-Muslim Women’s Cooking Group, Spiritual Photography, Poetry and more…


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