Neshama Center

The Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning, a collaborative project of B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom and the Mandell Jewish Community Center, offers multi-week courses as well as single session programs and workshops. 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.

Register now for courses by emailing: or by calling: 860-243-3576. Classes meet at BTS (180 Still Road on the West Hfd/Blmfld line) or at The Mandell JCC (335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hfd).

For updates, please visit the Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning Facebook page!

Please take the opportunity to… 

Challenge your mind ~ Feed your soul ~ Express yourself ~ Connect with others

Mussar Yoga

Thursday evenings Dec. 20, 6:00-7:00 pm at BTS
Fee: $15/session, $12/session JCC/BTS members
Instructor: Terry Wolfisch Cole

Mussar Yoga links the Jewish spiritual practice of self-study, and the cultivation and discipline of ethical behavior known as Mussar with Yoga, the ancient Indian path for creating union between mind, body and spirit. Join Terry for a special mid-summer Mussar Yoga class focusing on the middah (virtue) of shtikah (silence) and the yogic concept of matrika shakti (the power of words and thoughts) through poses, breath work, and relaxation. Our classes are gentle and appropriate for beginners, accessible to anyone who can get down to the floor and back up again.

Tangling with Talmud

Wednesdays @ 10:30 am at the Mandell JCC  Free
Instructor: Rabbi Cantor

The Talmud is a rich and lively conversation among many generations. Passionate arguments about law and justice are intertwined with wild stories and musings about the meaning of life. Come participate and add your own voice. No experience necessary!

Friends of Yiddish

2nd Sunday of each month @ 10:30 am at the Mandell JCC
Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, July 7
Coordinator: Barbara Katzman

An informal, mostly English bi-lingual drop-in social group which meets to hear a guest speaker, have a discussion and maybe absorb a Yiddish word or two. Plus, a nosh.

MLK Equal Justice Shabbat Lunch & Learn

Interfaith Panel and Discussion
Saturday, January 19th at 11:30 am at BTS

The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity

Author Sally Kohn, introduced by Rabbi Debra Cantor
Monday, January 21st at 7:00 pm at the JCC

Partners in Creation

Our popular hands-on Jewish art workshop series
Sunday mornings, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
January 6th at BTS: “Trees of Life”
February 3 rd at the JCC: “Otiyot: The Power of Hebrew Letters”
March 31 st at the JCC: “Midrash and Monoprints”

Breath & Blessing: Beginning a Jewish Mindfulness Journey

with Jeryl Brown, MSW and Rabbi Debra Cantor
Thursday mornings, 10:30 am-noon at the JCC: February 7th, 14th, 21st

Mussar & Mindfulness Shabbat Lunch & Learn

Saturday, February 9th at 11:30 am at BTS


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


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