Fridays, October 20, 27 and November 3, 10, 2023
12-1:30 p.m. Eastern
“Shabbat Shalom” is a greeting we offer to others that can also become a mantra for finding a sense of calm, quiet and even contentment within. In this Immersion, we’ll read poetry and texts, listen to music and look at art focused on Shabbat, rest and tranquility. We will engage in writing prompts and exercises to explore our emotions and energy around these themes. Participants will have the opportunity to craft original rituals to prepare for Shabbat and to harness the peace and rest it brings into their lives.
This Immersion is ideal for anyone seeking a Shabbat connection. No existing practice or Shabbat observance of any kind is required.
All sessions will be recorded and sent to participants. We encourage live attendance for you to get the most out of the experience.
Gabrielle Ariella Kaplan-Mayer, Director of virtual content and programs at Ritualwell,
is an author and educator whose work focuses on spirituality, creativity and disability. Her personal essays have been featured in Tablet
, Wisdom Daily
and many other publications and she has published several nonfiction books as well as plays for children. Gabrielle is currently working on a memoir about the power of intuition and ongoing conversations with her ancestors. She writes a Substack newsletter called “Journey With The Seasons,” a weekly practice of meditative reading with creative self-expression prompts.Gabrielle holds a BFA in theater and creative writing from Emerson College and an MA in Jewish Studies from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
. For the last 12 years, she has held various positions at Jewish Learning Venture —an organization based in the Philadelphia suburbs — and has also been part of the education staff at Congregation Mishkan Shalom
, in Philly proper, where she’s been a member for 25 years. She is the proud recipient of the 2022 Covenant Award and currently edits the Jewish Disability Inclusion News
.Gabrielle’s family includes husband Fred, kids George (20) and Jeremy (18) and fur baby Odin (a Saluki rescued from Qatar). She lives in Elkins Park, Pa.