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Mussar: Leading from the Inside Out

This is a three-part series offered first in December and again in February. Each series will be limited to 20 participants.

December 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

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December 3, 10 and 17, 12:00 p.m. with Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin
February 2, 9 and 16, 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Edie Raphael

Leadership begins within you. Learn how Mussar – the traditional Jewish craft of character development – can help you to lead a good life and lead our community. We offer this three-part series for beginners, novices and those already on the journey. 

  • $36 is the registration fee for each three-part series.
  • This event is complimentary for professionals of supporting organizations and lay leadership pass holders.
  • Annual lay leadership passes are available for $180 with access to all Na’aleh programs. Learn more.
  • Sessions will be limited to 20 participants.

For more information or to be placed on a waiting list, contact Shirley Hott at shott@naalehbaltimore.org.

Zoom link will be provided in advance of the virtual event. 

This is a three-part series. Registration here includes the sessions two and three.

Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning offers community-wide interactive and inspiring learning opportunities for professionals and volunteers to connect and grow as leaders working together to ensure a vibrant Baltimore Jewish community. Na’aleh (formerly known as the Center for Leadership) unites our three successful Jewish leadership programs – ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Jewish Learning Institute (ACHARAI), The Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development (DFI) and The Associated’s Center for Community Engagement and Leadership (CCEL). Learn more about Na’aleh at naalehbaltimore.org.


Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin

Part of the first class of women ordained as Conservative rabbis, Nina Beth Cardin embraced the unconventional path of a “community pulpit” by founding healing centers and creating new ways to approach miscarriage and loss. Cardin created the Jewish Women’s Resource Center in 1978 before joining the first group of women admitted to the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1984. Embracing a “broad definition” of what it meant to be a rabbi, Cardin focused her work on counseling, from advising rabbinical students at JTS to serving as founding associate director of the National Center for Jewish Healing and director of Jewish life at the JCC of Greater Baltimore. Cardin also edited Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility, and she has written a number of books on ritual and spirituality, including Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope. She later turned to environmentalism, founding the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network and the Baltimore Orchard Project, which grows and distributes food to the needy, and served as a consultant to COEJL, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life.

Dr. Edie Raphael

Edith “Edie” Raphael, PhD, RYT 500 is a Wexner Heritage Alumna, an experienced educator who is passionate about finding, creating and sharing meaningful spiritual connections to Judaism. Edie is a recipient of the Dorbrecht Grant for Judaic Yoga and was named one of Baltimore’s favorite yoga teachers in Baltimore Magazine’s “Best of Baltimore.” She has assumed many lay leadership roles at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation including serving on its board and Executive Committee and creating BHC’s “Exploring Spirituality Series.” Edie is the author of Mussar Yoga (Jewish Lights, 2014), and The Art of Being Present (Red Lizard Press, 2018) and she has over 11 years of experience leading yoga and mindfulness in Baltimore and around the country. Currently Dr. Raphael teaches high school history and English at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School.

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