CLASSES

“If even one person is affected by your words, that is a success, and if that one person is you, that is a miracle.”

Rav Yisroel Salanter

Mindfulness Journaling

Mindfulness journaling helps us be more aware of our thoughts and feelings in the moment, to reflect on those feelings, and to improve our understanding of ourselves. This can lead to a more positive outlook and increased gratitude toward our work, family and life.

Mindfulness journaling is not simply writing about your day—it’s not a diary. While regular journaling practice can be helpful, it generally does not focus on a specific goal or mindset and, therefore, does not offer the same benefits that mindfulness journaling provides.

A regular practice of tracking our thoughts and feelings can help us make intentional changes to our routines and improve our lives.

This class uses a series of specific prompts and feedback to help students cultivate long-term mindfulness, peace and happiness.

WRITING CLUB

Our WRITING CLUB provides an opportunity for children to explore different techniques of writing fiction and nonfiction – including short stories, different types of essays, as well as poetry. It is an opportunity for young aspiring authors to start writing and honing their craft early.

Young writers will gain confidence in their own creative abilities, be able to brainstorm different ideas on various topics, improve their spelling, grammar and punctuation, and become creators of their own content, instead of just consumers.

The students will:

  • Improve their creativity and imagination through writing exercises and prompts
  • Improve their language and vocabulary
  • Experiment with new ideas through free writing
  • Improve their spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Enjoy writing based on child-friendly themes
  • Learn what elements make a good story and how to weave them together
  • Gain an awareness and appreciation of different writing styles
  • Learn how to read, discuss and give feedback on each other’s work
  • Write different types of essays
  • Have an opportunity to get published!

Learn about the insructor here.

ART CLUB

An inclusive, socially-oriented arts program for children ages 9-12 with and without disabilities (youth with disabilities welcome up to age 22), ART CLUB is a fun and educational program that teaches kids of all abilities about visual arts and ignites creativity within.

We experiment with drawing, painting, clay, graphic design and other forms of art to give kids the chance to experiment, learn and grow.

Led by Mindy Rubenstein and her daughter Dalia, a child artist, the classes are hands-on and taught in a supportive, loving, non-judgemental way.

On a deeper level, art gives meaning to our lives and helps us understand our world. It is an essential part of our culture because it allows us to have a deeper understanding of our emotions; it increases our self-awareness, and also allows us to be open to new ideas and experiences.

WRITING FOR HEALING & RENEWAL

Writing can change your life.

Research shows that writing improves mental, emotional, and phsycial health.

It can ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis. Writing helps with recovery from childhood sexual abuse and postpartum depression. And improves the state of mind in those with Parkinson’s, cancer and many other health conditions. It can even promote faster wound healing.

Writing builds connection with yourself and others, improves relationships, and leads to higher quality of life.

We offer a variety of group and one-on-one classes, from memoir writing to mindfulness journaling. Read Mindy Rubenstein’s bio here.

Review your writing and provide feedback, comments and questions – $54/hour

About the Instructor

Over the past 20 years, Mindy Rubenstein has written and published hundreds of articles in print and online, including the Tampa Bay Times, Florida Trend magazine, Atlanta Jewish Times, Jerusalem Post, Jewish News Syndicate, Chabad.org, and TheJewishWoman.org.

She chose to live an immersive, observant Torah life at age 30, including Shabbat, kosher and the myriad details and customs.

Since 2007, she has worked closely with chavrusahs (learning partners) in Monsey, NY, and Lakewood, NJ, as well as rabbis and rebbetzins through Chabad and Oorah.

In 2015, she founded Nishei Ora, a quarterly magazine for and by Jewish women of all backgrounds.

She also directs marketing and communications programs, including websites, social media and strategy, for mission-driven organizations.


“Working with Mrs. Rubenstein gave me a new appreciation for writing — that it could be really enjoyable.” — Miriam H., high school student

“A big thanks to Mindy Rubenstein for helping me get my article published and helping me explain my life-changing summer!” — Brandon M., college student 

“Mindy gently pushed me to keep working on an article about my trip to Israel. Not only did I finish the article and get it published, but I went on to write a book!” — Jane B., doula and teacher

“In her capacity as an editor and coach, Mindy empowers her writers, guides them and manages to get the best outcome. She gives direction that inspires and challenges her writers to get to the heart of their stories. Always generous and thoughtful, she is also very disciplined and asks the same from her team.” — Judith Fox-Goldstein, entrepreneur, artist and writer

”Thank you Mindy… our relationship is just so special. YOU take me to places in my heart that have been covered for so many years. Rediscovering my family and my roots is bringing me a comfort I never anticipated.  And, it appears that my grandchildren (Jewish/Latino) have taken up an interest in Judaism and my youngest one has now expressed a desire to study Hebrew.” — Anna P.