Sunday, February 4  (All Times are in Eastern Time Zone) 

PROGRAM - Day 1

 

Exploring Self-Compassion: Seeking Pathways to Kindness Within

11:00 am  – 11:20 am   Opening Session Hosted by Avi Fertig; Welcome From Irv Robinson and Sandy Greenstein

11:20 am  -  11:40 am   Welcome and Introduction to our Theme by Alan Morinis

11:40 am  -  11:45 am   Transition Remarks by Avi Fertig

11:45 am  -  12:00 pm   Break

12:00 pm -  12:20 pm   Introduction to Va'ad #1 with Helaine Sheias and Julie Dean

12:20 pm -  12:25 pm   Break

12:25 pm -  1:55 pm    Va'adim #1 - "Self Compassion"

1:55 pm   -  3:00 pm    Break

3:00 pm  -  3:40 pm    Mussar Learning / Limmud: Aryeh Ben David on "Self-Compassion & Self-Growth"

  • What brings us to have profound compassion for others but less so for ourselves? We will focus on three levels of forgiving ourselves, and how our soul engenders and celebrates our shortcomings. Influenced by the writings of Rav Kook.

3:40 pm  -  4:00 pm    Triad Breakouts

4:00 pm  -  4:15 pm     Break

4:15 pm   -  5:15 pm     Today's Workshops:

  • Mussar Text Study with Eric Gurvis: "Rachamim / Rachmunos in a Challenging Time: A Bird’s-Eye View of Compassion Through a Mussar Lens"
  • Mussar Written Reflection with Alden Solovy: "Writing Compassion"
  • Mussar Practice (Visualization) with Alan Morinis:  "Cultivating an Expansive Heart: Using Visualization to Transcend Ego Boundaries and Foster Compassion"
  • Mussar Chanting with Chaim Safren: "Penetrating the Inner World" - To be rescheduled!
  • Mussar Creative Expression with Nancy Weiss and Heather Westendarp: "A Creative Reset for Self-Compassion"

5:15 pm   -  5:30 pm    Closing Session with Eric Gurvis

5:30 pm  -  5:45 pm    Networking and Chat