Splendor Mandala by Julie Hliboki

"Splendor" Mandala
Julie Hliboki

Meditation

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

Krishnamacharya

"PEACE : What Does It Mean To You?"
Exhibit at The William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum

Now through October 5, 2014
Location: Inside the Selig Center, 1440 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309

"PEACE: What Does it Mean to You?" is a multimedia community art project featuring 'A Peace of My Mind', an exhibition by photographer John Noltner, that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace. With black and white portraits and oral histories, over fifty subjects describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and some of the obstacles they encounter. Those profiled include Holocaust survivors and a homeless man, a Somali refugee and a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive. Artists, volunteers, politicians, and business leaders all share their thoughts and inspiring stories in a series that celebrates our common experience and sense of community.

The exhibition runs through October 5, 2014.  Thanks to the generosity of One Region Atlanta, part of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, there will be free admission to the exhibition on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 as it is the International Day of Peace.

The Breman Museum is located in the Selig Center at 1440 Spring Street, NW, across 18th Street from the Center for Puppetry Arts. Free parking is located in front of the building and can be accessed through a gate on 18th Street.

For more information, click here.

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T'Shuva: Turning Back Towards Others and Ourselves when we Miss the Mark

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: 8450 Valemont Drive, Atlanta, GA 30350

In Judaism, the Hebrew for “sin” actually means “to miss the mark / target”.   Rather than making us bad, this definition affirms our imperfect, yet wonderful humanity.   When missing the mark, one has the ability to “re-calibrate”, “re-aim” and try again – to atone.   Come join Rabbi Mitch Cohen in this interactive workshop where participants will explore how they “miss the mark” in their relationships, in the workplace and most importantly – within themselves.   Then, drawing from the Hebrew word for atonement (“t’shuva” which means to “turn towards”), learn a process for introspection, reflection.  Then, cleaning up the messes we make, we turn back towards others and ourselves – and ultimately the Divine.

Join us for this informal conversation, or come to listen!

Mitch teaches interactive classes on the basics of Judaism, Jewish Mysticism and Torah Yoga in the Atlanta Jewish community, as well as for Interfaith Community Initiatives. Since 2002, he has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Shalom B'Harim ('Peace in the Mountains') in Dahlonega, GA, and was ordained as a rabbi in June, 2011. To support his work as an adult educator, outreach professional and spiritual leader, Mitch earned his Master of Arts degree in Judaic Studies, with a focus on Jewish education and outreach to interfaith couples in May 2008. Mitch also teaches a 20-week intensive 'Introduction to Judaism' class for Jews, non-Jews and those seeking Judaism as their spiritual pathway, for The Jewish Encounter.

For more information, please email Mitch at mcohen5@comcast.net.  
To let us know you will be joining us, please email sue@neshamainterfaithcenter.org (click here).

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Prayer Bead Workshop

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2.30pm - 5pm
Location:  Roswell Community Masjid, 345 Market Place, Roswell, GA 30075

Did you know that prayer beads are featured in many faith traditions?  Learn more about the use of prayer beads in Christianity, Islam and eastern religions, and find out about Jewish practice that uses knots without beads. Do you use beads when you pray? Bring them along to share your personal practice with the group. Following the formal discussion, we’ll make our own prayer beads while enjoying dessert and informal conversation. 

The workshop will be led by Rabbi Pamela Gottfried. Refreshments will be served. A suggested minimum donation is $10.

RSVP to reserve a spot - space is limited: Email Sue at sue@neshamainterfaithcenter.org (click here).

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Book Signing and Presentation with Dr. John Cressler

Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St, Alpharetta, GA 30009
 

The Golden Age of Moorish Spain was during the 10th century, a time when the benevolent Syrian Arab Caliphs ruled Iberia from Córdoba, the site of the iconic Great Mosque and home to the Royal Library, one of the largest collections of ancient books ever assembled. 10th century Córdoba was the richest, most populous, and most cultured city in the western world. Under the tolerant Muslim Caliphs, the pinnacle of convivencia was attained, that unique period of Spanish history when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in relative harmony and peace. Multicultural Córdoba was an enlightened city that treasured its books, celebrated art and literature, advanced science and medicine, and its myriad accomplishments were envied by both the west and the east alike.

Shadows in the Shining City is a prequel to Emeralds of the Alhambra, and the second book in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series. Shadows tells the story of the forbidden love between Rayhana Abi Amir, a Muslim princess of the Royal Court, and Zafir Saffar, a freed slave. Young love blossoms in 10th century Madinat al-Zahra, the Shining City, the Caliph’s magnificent Royal Palace located just outside of Córdoba. Their love story is set against the backdrop of the epic rise to power of Rayhana’s ruthless father, a man history will come to both celebrate and revile for the role he plays in the collapse of Moorish Spain.

Join us for an exciting evening when Dr. Cressler will make a presentation on his second novel and sign books.  Refreshments will be served.

Reserve your seat by clicking here.

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Dessert and Dialogue:  A Fundraiser for Neshama Interfaith Center

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: 3620 Sidesaddle Court, Suwanee, GA 30024

Join us for an informal evening of conversation amongst friends - exploring interfaith dialogue, sharing experiences and enjoying good food and great company!

Come and meet the entire Neshama team - Marian Monahan, Cathy Crosby, Mitch Cohen and Sue Chase - and our Board of Directors as we engage with the topic of interfaith dialogue: What is it? Is it important in our world today?  Who's doing it?  How to get started?

We will celebrate our 2014 progamming, and look ahead to another wonderful year of shared experiences with you!

Click here to RSVP.  We look forward to seeing you!