Loss and Transformation:
Maintaining Hope when Optimism Is Elusive

6-part online class with Rabbi Katy Allen. Co-facilitated by Rabbi Moshe Givental.

The class will be held from 7:30-9 Eastern Time on Zoom on
Thursday evenings: 9/26, 10/10, 10/24/, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5

Sponsored by Jewish Climate Action Network – MA & JCAN - NYC

Description: Loss and Transformation: Maintaining Hope when Optimism Is Elusiveis a 6-session online class facilitated by Rabbi Katy Allen, co-founder and president of JCAN-MA. This interactive class is designed to awaken within participants new and deeper awareness of the tools at their disposal for coping emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically with climate disruption, rising levels of hatred, and other global concerns, as well as challenges in their personal lives. Participants will develop a new personal tool that can be used and adapted in the future for dealing with the stresses of the world.

The Loss and Transformation sessions will focus on the inter-connections between personal and communal loss and between loss and transformation and the possibility of moving from chronic toxic stress or post-traumatic stress disorder to post-traumatic growth. Although not a grief workshop per se, there will, nevertheless, be opportunities to express and explore emotions around grief, as well as considerations of how grief can provide an opportunity for growth. Exercises will involve exploring and connecting four kinds of “sacred texts”: the texts of the Earth, the texts of our lives, the texts of our communities, and the texts of our tradition, as a way to find deeper connections to and among all of them. Personal exploration assignments to be done between sessions will provide opportunities for allowing memories and feelings to flow and will promote and honor creativity, personal expression, and individual journeys. Assignments to be done between session, which include guided observation explorations, meditations, journaling (with multi-disciplinary options), and responses to thought questions, will be given at each of the first five classes.

Participants should expect to invest 1-2 hours between sessions – the more time invested, the greater will be the impact of the class. A commitment to doing the assignments, actively participating in the discussions, and being present at all sessions is requested of all participants. Each session will last 90 minutes. Sessions will be held every two weeks. Class size is limited to 12.

Cost: $120. Please send checks to JCAN-MA, 55 Station St., Apt. 1B, Brookline MA 02445. Scholarships are available if needed. 

To register, email Janet Green at jcan.intern@gmail.com.com. 

Contact Rabbi Katy with questions at jewishclimateaction@gmail.com.