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

Taste of Neshama

Sunday, September 30 10:00 to 12:00 pm at  the Mandell JCC

The Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning invites you to come by and check out our Fall offerings.  Register for courses, meet our faculty, create a papercut, explore a text, try Mussar Yoga, do some drumming, enter a raffle, and have a nosh.  Free and open to all!

Mussar Yoga

Thursday evenings  Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 29, 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
Class begins Sept. 26 in the Sukkah
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
Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 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.


A Jewish Mindfulness Journey

Tuesdays at the Mandell JCC 7:00 to 8:30 pm
October 23, October 30 and November 6
$60; $50 for JCC/BTS members; free for Neshama patrons

What happens when a rabbi and a therapist bring together classic mindfulness techniques with ancient Jewish practices and spiritual texts? Together, we explore divergent and overlapping pathways to knowledge, gratitude and insight. and then we’ll bake challah! Join us on this journey!


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


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