Splendor Mandala by Julie Hliboki

"Splendor" Mandala
Julie Hliboki


and God approaches you.
Hold the inhalation,
and God remains with you.
and you approach God.
Hold the exhalation,
and surrender to God.



Yoga, Breath, Chanting and Meditation Mini-Retreat

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10am – 3pm
Location: Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Road NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328  

Schedule: Session 1, 10 AM to Noon; Session 2, 1 PM to 3:00 PM;
Break for ‘bring your own’ bag lunch between sessions, Noon to 1 PM

Fee: $20.00 each for individual session, $30.00 for both sessions

Steve Gold will facilitate this mini-retreat on Saturday, February 7, 2015. It will include physical exercise, breathing and relaxation, chanting and guided meditation. Participants must bring their own yoga mat, blanket and/or pillow, and a light bag lunch.  We will provide water, light snacks and fruit.  Registrations are required.

Location: Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Road NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328  (Click for directions).

To register, please email Sue at sue@neshamainterfaithcenter.org.  Payment is on the day by cash or checks payable to Steve Gold.

Session 1: Yoga Body-Breath-Mind-Spirit Practices:
Yoga is most popularly known as a system of physical exercise developed in India to tone, balance and calm the body and internal organs. It is also part of a more comprehensive system designed to facilitate spiritual development through progressive steps of a journey from without to within. It leads from the body to the breath to the mind and ultimately to the spirit. Chanting is also a spiritually beneficial practice within the yoga system channeling emotions in an uplifting direction.
This session will begin with physical exercises, followed by breathing and relaxation exercises, followed by chanting, and ending with a guided meditation. Bring a yoga mat, a blanket or pillow for seated meditation and chanting. (Chairs will be provided for those who are not comfortable sitting on the floor).

Note: It is recommended that participants come to the class on an empty stomach, or if you must eat, finish a light breakfast at least one hour before the start of the class session. Yoga and meditation is best done on an empty stomach.

Session 2: Science of Breath and Pranayama – Theory and Practice:
Yoga emphasizes the significance of the breath and its associated, more subtle life force, called “prana”. This tandem serves as a significant layer of the soul and physiological and spiritual function that connects the body with the deeper levels of lower and higher mind, and beyond. This session will start with an in-depth theoretical presentation exploring the physiological functions of the breath and corresponding psychic functions of the flow of life force prana. It will conclude with a detailed experiential meditation exercise putting the theory into practice. 

About the facilitator:
Steven J. Gold, BA Antioch College, Philosophy and Religion; JD Emory Law School, is the founder/director of the Yoga and Judaism Center in Atlanta, GA and the author of Yoga and Judaism (2007), Ivri: The Essence of Hebrew Spirituality (2010), Torah Portion Summaries; With Insights from the Perspective of a Jewish Yogi (2010), and Basic Spiritual Principles (2011). He has been an initiate, student, practitioner and teacher in a Himalayan yoga and meditation tradition for over 35 years and a student of Kabala and Jewish Spirituality for several years. His teaching activities include yoga and meditation as contained in Indian spirituality, Jewish mysticism, and correlations between the two traditions.
Blog: http://yajcenter.blogspot.com.  Email: yajcenter@aol.com.



Interfaith Tree Planting on Georgia Arbor Day

Friday, February 20, 2015
Location and details TBA

We are partnering with Trees for Atlanta to observe Georgia Arbor Day - a state holiday that recognizes the importance of planting and caring for trees. It allows us to acknowledge the value of trees in our lives and communities.

We plan to join with others from multiple faith communities, to work and dig together, to plant trees in our community for the benefit and enjoyment of all .... We will be volunteering at Milford Elementary School in Marietta, GA ..... Exact time TBA.  We plan to meet as a group, for some reflection and discussion before or after the planting, time permitting. 

Save the date now and watch this space for more details!


Hunger Walk

Sunday, March 15, 2015, from 12 noon to 4pm
Location: Starting at Turner Field Stadium, and proceeding through downtown Atlanta - Exact route TBA

On Sunday, March 15, 2015, thousands of people will come together to raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger in our community. The NESHAMA INTERFAITH CENTER TEAM will be there, and we need your support to raise funds again for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The money we raise will feed hope for the 1 in 5 people who face hunger in our community.  Last year we raised in excess of $1,000 - let's try to beat that record this time around!  The Hunger Walk/Run is one of the most important hunger relief efforts of the year.  PLEASE help us reach our team fundraising goal by making a donation on behalf of the entire team or a specific team member. Or take the next step against hunger by walking/running with us on March 15.  Registration fees are $25 to walk, $35 to run ...

Together, we can make sure that a child in our community doesn’t go to bed hungry tonight. We can offer a glimmer of hope to struggling parents desperately trying to make ends meet for their family. We can ensure another senior citizen isn’t forced to choose between paying for medicine or food.  

Let's all support a very important cause in the Atlanta community .... and make sure you have your walking (or running) shoes ready for this date!

Thank you so much, and we hope to see you at the Hunger Walk/Run! 

TO MAKE A DONATION, OR TO JOIN THE TEAM  ..... Click on this link to get to the ACFB website , and then follow the directions.



Cosponsored with Embracing Tolerance, a Tolerance Education Program:

Through The Eye of The Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
An event commemorating Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance) and in recognition of Genocide Prevention and Awareness month

Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 7pm - 9.30pm
Location: Congregation Gesher L'Torah, 4320 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022

More than 40 years after the Holocaust, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz depicted her remarkable story of survival through a stunningly beautiful series of 36 fabric collage and embroidery panels. 

In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating fabric art to tell the story of her escape from the Nazis, with her younger sister, and their years spent posing as Catholic farm girls.  Trained as a dressmaker, not an artist, Esther's pictures are heartbreakingly beautiful, revealing a total incongruity between each perfect stitch and the violent reality behind each scene. Through Esther's own words and images of her artwork, as well as interviews with her daughters and others, a 30-minute documentary film explores the capacity of the human heart to heal. Through these reflections, we are reminded that genocide and other acts of baseless hatred are still with us, and that Esther's story, and those like hers, compels us to build a just and peaceful world for all.  

We are thrilled to have Rachel Steinhardt, Esther’s granddaughter, join us at this event to guide us through the screening and a discussion of the documentary.  We are also privileged to hear from Embracing Tolerance, our cosponsor for this event, whose mission is to promote awareness of the dangers of prejudice, hatred, and intolerance, and whose programs foster tolerance, good citizenship and character development by teaching respect, compassion, and personal responsibility. 

Please join us for this special evening, an unforgettable journey of remembering, on Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 7 - 9.30pm at Congregation Gesher L’Torah. Older children and teens are encouraged to come with their families as history comes alive through memory and art. 

The exhibit of Esther’s artwork, Fabric of Survival, was on display at the Breman Museum some years ago.  For more information, visit the Art & Remembrance Foundation at www.artandremembrance.org

This program is free and open to the community.