Spirituality, mindfulness on tap for JFCS Shalom in Every Home talks

Shari Goettel
Cantor Avraham Alpert

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona and the LEAH program will present two free talks in the Shalom in Every Home Healthy Family Lecture Series, April 23 and 30, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. 

On Sunday, April 23, Avraham Alpert, spiritual leader of Congregation Bet Shalom, will present “The Role of Spirituality in a Healthy Household.”

Sacred time and emotional fullness can help promote meaningful and long-term family health, says Alpert. He will lead an interactive and reflective conversation about bringing family closer together through age-old practices such as transforming a dining room table into an altar to create shared family spirituality. Alpert is in his final year of rabbinical seminary at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles after serving as a hazzan (cantor) for more than 18 years.

On Sunday, April 30, Shari Goettel, LCSW will present “Nourishing Love & Happiness: Mindfulness Techniques & Relationship Health.”

This discussion will focus on the use of mindfulness in couples counseling and specific skills that increase gratitude and compassion in interpersonal relationships. Goettel is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Tucson. She draws from her background in Imago Relationship Therapy and encounter-centered couples therapy, as well her mentors and Buddhist psychology.

Space is limited. RSVPs are requested online at bit.ly/Shalom-Home or by calling  795-0300, ext. 2365.