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Monday, February 17 • 9:00am - 12:30pm
Fiddlers on the Roof: Using Mussar to Maintain Balance in a Shaky World

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We live in fast-paced, chaotic times.  How can we keep our balance?  Through the challenges of centuries Jews have survived and thrived, relying on ancient wisdom still relevant today.  The Eastern European world of Tevye and Fiddler on the Roof gave rise to the Jewish study and practice of Mussar, involving teachings and practices with roots in our people’s earliest generations.  Work on one’s middot (soul traits) such as humility, gratitude, anger, honor, and so many more, helps us to become, in the words of one Mussar teacher, “the best version of the people we are capable of being,” and helps us walk a balanced path amid the chaos. 
Join Eric Gurvis, Julie Hirschfeld, and Pam Wax in a deep dive into the world, teachings and practices of Mussar. Our presenters will help us experience  how Mussar can help us cope and find balance--  in our homes, in our workplaces, in our relationships, and within-- so we won’t feel as if “our lives are as shaky as Fiddler on the Roof.”

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Pamela Wax

Pamela Wax is the Spiritual Care Coordinator at Westchester Jewish Community Services where she runs the Jewish Spiritual Healing Center. The Center offers spiritual journeying opportunities for writers, meditators, and seekers. She has studied and practiced Mussar for close to twenty... Read More →
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Julie Hirschfeld

Julie Hirschfeld, Ph.D., is a psychologist who offers marital and individual therapy in New York, and coaching on parenting and relationship issues nationwide. Her "Simcha Solutions" coaching program supports Jewish families during milestone moments such as b'nai mitzvah and weddings... Read More →
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Eric Gurvis

The Mussar Institute
Eric Gurvis, rabbi, was ordained at HUC-JIR and has served congregations in NYC; Jackson, MS; Teaneck, NJ; and Newton, MA. He is currently rabbi of Shaarei Shalom in Ashland, MA. Eric also works with The Mussar Institute directing the CHAVERIM Initiative and facilitates Mussar groups... Read More →

Monday February 17, 2020 9:00am - 12:30pm EST