From the Alternative Press: Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel Launches Health and Wellness Center

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Center for Health and Wellness at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Road, offers a wide variety of innovative programming to promote health and wellness to enrich the lives of those in the congregation and the community this fall.

All programs are open to the public, and all are free with the exception of Yoga.

The goal of this new initiative is to enhance physical and spiritual health and well-being through diverse programs, talks, and information sharing aimed toward encouraging a healthier lifestyle. The program is guided by Jewish tradition, which has long taught the connection between the mind, body and spirit and the importance of nourishing and safeguarding each as key to a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Beth Sandweiss, social worker and psychotherapist who co-founded the Jewish Meditation Center in Montclair, will teach an Introduction to Meditation in a Jewish Context on Oct. 17 and again on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m., as well as a Mindfulness Meditation and Chant Group, which meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Marilyn Eglovitch of Maplewood, a regular participant in the Mindfulness Meditation and Chant Group, describes her experience: “Initially, I felt quite at ease and I was drawn in due to the compassion, passion and encouragement of our leader, Beth. I look forward to class each week and I have begun to feel an inner sense of calm. With this new sense of calm, I feel, think and act differently as I experience life’s pleasures and angsts.”

Sandweiss will also facilitate Playgroup with a Purpose: A Wellness Group for Moms and Babies on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 on Oct. 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 21, 28, and Positively Parenting your Preschool Child: an informal relaxed monthly discussion group on parenting issues.

Visit for a complete description and the schedule.

On Nov. 28, Jeff Spector will facilitate a discussion about “Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child with Learning Differences.”

Cantor Ted Aronson will lead a new Spiritual Drumming and Meditation for Men on Tuesday evenings in October at 7:30 p.m. Through the media of drumming and chanting, and the use of Jewish sources, this course will explore issues of mindfulness, which is about being present within ourselves and our own inner experiences.

Aronson discusses the benefits of the course: “It gives participants the opportunity to reach within themselves to find a more spiritual place; to quiet the chatter inside the mind so they can settle themselves and become more the person they each wish to become.” Aronson also noted that there are very few opportunities for men to partner with other men to discuss men’s issues. Participants are welcome to bring their own rhythm instruments or use those provided. No musical skill is necessary.

A series of Caregiver Seminars facilitated by Karen Frank, RN, BSN, director of Client Care Nursing at Homewatch, will be offered addressing the topics of finding resources in the community to assist loved ones at home, providing insights on living options when more assistance is needed and caring for yourself as the caregiver. These will be held on Nov. 4, 18 and Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m.

The Walking Group will meet for a 5K walk in the Temple lobby at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 21. A Yoga class will be held on certain Sundays: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 18 and Dec. 2, 9 16. See the temple website,, for additional information. All levels are welcome to learn the basics of Vinyasa-style slow-flow yoga. All in the community are welcome, and all programs are free with the exception of the yoga classes, which are $12 per session or $60 for all six sessions.

Shelley Weinstock will present “Healthy Eating: Making Good Choices” on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

To view the entire Health and Wellness Center program calendar with full descriptions, visit, and for more information, contact Tracy Horwitz at or call the temple office at 973-763-4116.

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