Thursday, November 17, 2011

Martin Buber?

Don't Make Me Laugh:  It pleases Abq Jew no end to announce two excellent programs at Congregation Nahalat Shalom this Sunday - one new and hopefully continuing study group that'll make you think, and one continuing club meeting that'll keep you laughing.

First Meeting
Martin Buber Study Group
Congregation Nahalat Shalom
Sunday November 20 @ 12:30 - 1:45 pm

Martin Buber (February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965) was an Austrian-born Jewish philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form of religious existentialism centered on the distinction between the I-Thou relationship and the I-It relationship. Buber wrote his famous essay on existence, Ich und Du (later translated into English as I and Thou) in 1923.

Join with Rabbi Brin in her study to discuss Martin Buber and his impact on Jewish life through his philosophy, his writings and his collection of Hassidic stories.

We will start with the book:  God in Our Relationships by Dennis Ross, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2003. Read as much as you can ahead of time, or come anyway and jump right in. Donations are welcome.

Congregation Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd NW (east side of street between Candelaria and Griegos).  To find the study group, go through the first courtyard gate east of the main Sanctuary and enter the office door at the top of the ramp.

Laughter Club
Congregation Nahalat Shalom
Sunday November 20 @ 4:15 - 5:30 pm

Yoga and Laughter?  Why Not? The funny thing is, nothing has to be funny for you to laugh, at least not in Laughter Yoga.

Laughter Yoga is akin to Hatha Yoga in which breathing from the abdomen helps to fuel the body with oxygen, relax the muscles, and circulate the blood.  Not to mention that endorphins released from laughing are known to be mood lifters.

Oh yeah,  and we don't laugh at anyone, we do exercises to stimulate laughter. You don't even have to mean it for the laughter to do its job. But I warn you it is contagious.

So come on and check it out. The laughter will be led by Laughter Yoga instructors Rabbi Deborah Brin and Robin Berman.  Join us!  Questions?  Contact Linda McCormick at (505) 343-8227 or

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