WESTERN MASS. – Dalia Davis finds it challenging to sit and stare at ancient texts, searching for meaning. “I gain so much more when studying in a setting where I can engage multiple faculties and senses, allowing me to move and feel alive,” she explains. This led Davis to create Beit Midrash in Motion.
Beit Midrash in Motion’s workshops offer a blend of movement, personal reflection, meditation, and discussion of traditional Jewish texts. The experience helps participants form deep connections with the sources as well as with each other. The workshops also include personal reflection and mediation. The dual workshop series is planned for both the Upper and Lower Valleys.
The five-part workshop series, sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, focuses on topics relating to the creative powers of women. Davis said she considers creativity to be a life force; one which women are uniquely qualified to discuss. “I can’t wait for the opportunity to connect with other women from my community while discussing Jewish texts though our own personal lenses,” Davis comments.
Topics for this series include:
Creating Ideas: Exploring Innovation
Creating Life : Reflections on Motherhood
Creation Denied: Struggling with Infertility
Creating Destiny: Contemplating Self-Perception
Creating Leadership: Envisioning Ideal Leadership
Upper Valley workshops will meet at Lander Grinspoon Academy (257 Prospect St., Northampton, on Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 14, April 11.
Lower Valley workshops will meet at the Springfield JCC (1160 Dickinson St., Springfield, Thursdays 8-9:30 pm.. on Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 7.
The culminating workshop, a joint Upper & Lower Valley session, will meet at the Springfield JCC on Thursday, May 2, 8-9:30 p.m.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, rates have been reduced to $5/workshop. (There is no need to commit to the entire series to participate.)