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Join us for Bodies of Water, an award-winning program that introduces you to mikvah as a path to body positivity from a Jewish perspective. Framed along with other healthy practices like mindful eating and Jewish yoga, this experience is a very special way to explore how mikvah is relevant in a modern Jewish life. We will watch a demonstration immersion by someone in their bathing suit, explore different ceremonies for mikvah use, learn simple ways to bless our food, and get a taste of Jewish mindfulness meditation.
This program will be centered around our fantastic community mikvah, Rachel's Well.
Since 2006, Naomi has been the director of the Adas Israel Community Mikvah in Washington, DC. Naomi trained as a Mikvah Guide at Mayyim Hayyim in Newton, MA and is a core partner of their Rising Tide New Mikvah Network. She is also the founder of Tevila b’Teva: immersion in nature, a program that introduces outdoor immersion to Jewish summer camps. Naomi created the Bodies of Water program to introduce youth to Mikvah as a tool for positive body image and healthy decision making from a Jewish perspective. She earned a masters in Jewish Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2000 and a BA in Sociology from UCLA in 1991.
Rachel Stern has been teaching yoga professionally for over 15 years, and has developed Jewish Yoga curriculum for all ages of kids and adults. In 2018, Rachel founded the Portland Jewish Yoga Collective, to provide opportunities to embody spiritual connection through movement. Her classes guide students on a journey of getting to know and love themselves more. She sees self care as both a radical and spiritual act, and is honored to help practitioners discover the full range of their power and potential. For more information on Rachel and all her offerings, please visit her website, heartshapedyoga.com.