The Elaine Breslow Institute presents: Voices from the Field- A Five-Part Webinar Series

Please join us for a dynamic conversation about what have learned from Beit T’Shuvah and how it has impacted out various personal and professional lives.



Webinar Series Description:

1. January 13, 2022 @ 2pm EST/11am PST: Yonni Wattenmaker- Executive Director, Breast Cancer Alliance and Founder, Yon Appetit

When Your Professional Life and Personal Life Intersect, and How Both Can Benefit: While Yonni Wattenmaker attended her first immersion, she found herself struggling with personal circumstances she hadn’t intended to explore. Over the years, she has used that immersive experience to make important changes in her own life, with the dual goal of helping others in their struggles as well.

2. February 10, 2022 @ 2pm EST/11am PST: Lynn Lancaster- Senior Director of Sababa Beach Camps

Brokenness as Opportunity: Next Steps: Many of us are familiar with the truth of Leonard Cohen’s beautiful lyric “There is a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in” .This Webinar focuses on the next step. What happens when we allow our “cracks” to become vehicles for personal, professional and communal growth. What happens when our cracks become pathways that guide our own divine light back into the world as a vehicle of growth and change.

3. March 10, 2022 @ 2pm EST/11am PST: Rabbi Jodie Siff-Rabbi at The Reconstructionist Synagogue of the Northshore

Sacred Space, Sacred Relationships: Jodie Siff continues to embrace and expound the concept, you don’t have to be an addict to be in recovery, after being presented with it at her first immersion. As a congregational rabbi she seeks to create sacred space and meaningful connections by bringing her authentic self, Jewish text and different pathways into the practice of daily recovery.

4. April 7, 2022 @ 2pm EST/11am PST: Ira Wise-Director of Education at Congregation B’nai Israel

Bringing Radical Amazement (and a little Recovery) into the Synagogue (and your own life): After Ira Wise completed his first immersion, he set about trying to bring Heschel’s idea of Radical Amazement in to the Religious School and the congregation. It merged with a journey he and the school had already been taking and brought the entire process into focus. And along the way, he came to realize he needed some 12 step help of his own.

5. May 12, 2022 @ 2pm EST/11am PST: Dr. Evie Rotstein- Senior Education Advisor, Hebrew Union College and Educational Consultant and Coach

How to bring a “Lev Shamaya” (Listening Heart) to my work as a Jewish educator?: In his book The Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer, has an excerpt titled, “We teach who we are.”  Palmer discusses how essential it is for an educator to integrate the intellectual, the emotional and the spiritual. One can consider the metaphor from Ecclesiastes 4:12, the braided cord of three strands, and that a three-strand cord cannot be broken. Take away one strand (the intellectual, the emotional or the spiritual), and the educator does not have the strong enough thread to weave a durable fabric of teaching and learning.

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If you have any questions, or would like more info, please contact Jessica Fishel at or 310-204-5200.

Voices From the Field Webinar Series Registration

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