Upcoming Programs



The Stories that Shape Us

A 4-Class Series with Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman

Thursdays, May 2, 16, 23, & 30, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM CDT

Mallinckrodt Community Center | 1041 Ridge Road Wilmette, IL 60091

Join us for a 4-class series exploring central stories from our tradition, stories from the Talmud and stories from Hasidic sources. We will study a variety of powerful and transformative stories that animate our tradition while asking the questions: how do these stories surface essential questions and help us uncover nourishing truths about where we are and who we want to become?

Open to all.

$20 Drop in fee | $75 for all 4 classes Click Here


How We Receive: Preparing for the Torah at Sinai

Online class with Jane Shapiro (using zoom video technology)

June 4, 2019 | 7:30 - 8:45 pm | $20 Register Here

In this session we will consider how to put ourselves personally into the narrative of Mt. Sinai and discover ways of connecting this moment of Revelation to the Torah in our own lives.

When you register for the class, you will receive the zoom link to use for the class. Please be sure to have a computer with a video camera available for the class.


Creating Space

Lead by Jane Shapiro

June 24, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:15 pm

Conference room at Horwood, Marcus & Berk Chartered | 500 West Madison, suite 3700, Chicago, IL | $25 (Lunch Included) Register Here

Experts everywhere are recommending that people need to “do nothing” on a regular basis in order to refuel, refresh and…be more productive.  In this discussion group we will explore some of Judaism’s ancient and not so ancient wisdom on this subject. How can I create a space in my day or my week to pause and re-ensoul myself? How can I imagine a new form of Shabbat and bring it into my life in a way that is meaningful?

You do not need to have experience in Jewish study to join this group. We will be discussing an assortment of Jewish sources from many centuries and places; narrative, legal, poetic and artistic and perhaps come to some radical new understandings of how to make them work.


Opening the Heart: Becoming a Jewish Grandparent

Jane Shapiro

2 Mondays - June 24 & July 1, 2019 | 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Mallinckrodt Community Center |1041 Ridge Rd. Wilmette IL

$40 for the series Register Here

In this two part class we will explore texts which speak to the life transitions that occur when you become a grandparent. What shifts within us? How does the constellation of family change? How do I want to build a relationship with this new family member? How can I create memory and Jewish experiences for the next generation?

In partnership with the Jewish Grandparents Network


Moving with the Waves: a yoga practice of balance within the flow

Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman and Deb Wineman

July 8, 2019 | 8:00 - 9:30 am

Glencoe Beach (at the pier) | 55 Hazel Avenue Glencoe, IL 60022| $20 Register Here

Start your summer morning with a grounding and nourishing yoga practice on the beach under the early morning sun. Join Rebecca and Deb for a centering embodied practice that will focus on finding your balance amidst the ongoing waves of daily life.


Unleashing the Creative Spirit: Nature’s Doorway

Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman

July 19, 2019 | 7:30 - 9:00 am

Lighthouse Beach | 2611 Sheridan Rd., Evanston| $20 Register Here

Join us for this early morning contemplative session that will integrate Jewish study, mindfulness, and creative expression with basic arts materials. Following the example of the Baal Shem Tov who found great spiritual sustenance in the natural world, we will use the beautiful natural setting of the summer shore to nurture spiritual questions and exploration. All that is required is an open mind.


Spiritual Cooking: Holy Plants

Jane Shapiro

July 24, 2019 | 6:30 pm | $36 Register Here

Jane Shapiro’s Home | 3925 Lyons, Evanston IL

In this class we will work with some of the aromatic and delicious spices and flavors found in the Torah: hyssop, garlic,& pomegranate to create Persian delicacies for summer.

We will also look at Hebrew poetry about savoring food and life.

Ongoing Programs


Weekly Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation | 303 Dodge, Evanston, IL - First-floor chapel

Our weekly Jewish mindfulness meditation community meets for regular teaching and practice together. Sessions are led by Orot’s mindfulness faculty and are open to beginners and veteran mindfulness practitioners.

We ask for contributions at whatever level is comfortable to you to support the teachers' work.