A conversation about how we can connect to ourselves and our communities utilizing dreams. I speak with Rabbi Jill Hammer, the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical and cantorial seminary in Yonkers, NY, and we explore the practice of dreamwork to connect to deep places within ourselves, to the vastness of the universe and to the deep feminine.
A conversation about the wisdom gained from telling stories. I speak with Rebecca Entel, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Cornell College, where she also directs the Center for the Literary Arts. Rebecca is also the author of the novel Fingerprints of Previous Owners, and we speak about how stories are constructed and how repeated reading and telling of stories can deepen our understanding of those stories and ourselves.
A conversation about song. I speak with Stacy Kafka, Cantorial Soloist and Jewish chanting/meditation leader, about how chanting can help us connect to The Feels of this holiday season.
A conversation about finding a meaningful Shabbat practice. I speak with Annie Matan, founder of Matanot Lev, Gifts of the Heart, Toronto’s radically inclusive, post halakhic Jewish community, about how Shabbat invites us into ease, meaning, presence, and connection.
A conversation about creating Jewish communities. I speak with Ariele Mortkowitz, creator of SVIVAH, and Lauren Spokane, the Lead Instigator and Board Chair of the New Synagogue Project, about their efforts in forming strong, modern, Jewish communities in the DC area.
A conversation about healing and wholeness. I speak with Rachel Brumberger, co-founder of Third Space Wellness, a gathering place and wellness space in Silver Spring, Maryland. We explore wisdom from the practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and how moving what is stagnant, being with our whole selves through the pains is a path to healing.
Nissan, Part 2 - How do Birth Doulas and Postpartum Doulas support women physically, mentally and emotionally throughout the birth process?
A conversation about the transitional power of birth. I speak with Michelle Cohen, a Birth Arts International trained postpartum doula and a Yoga Alliance registered prenatal yoga teacher, on how doulas support women to connect with their bodies and their babies, through breath, movement and mindful awareness.
Conversations with two Jewish women exploring innovative approaches to the call of Passover - Let all who are hungry come and eat. I speak with Naama Haviv, MAZON's Director of Development, and Rachel Sumekh, Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger, on who is vulnerable to hunger in the United States and effective techniques to help alleviate and solve the problem.
Conversations with two Jewish woman on what the mezuzah can do to help us move through transition and create space for joy. I speak with Annie Matan, founder of Matanot Lev (Gifts of the Heart), and Rabbi Cherina Eisenberg, the founder of Hot Pink Torah: The Revelation of YOU!
Mickie Simon is a therapist in DC who has worked with women and girls for over 20 years. She is a founding task force member of the Jewish Mindfulness Center of a Washington at Adas Israel Congregation where she offers teachings that bridge mental health and wellness with Jewish Ritual. She is also a mentor, sister and mom of three girls.