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Yom Kippur Afternoon Teshuvah Workshops Monday, September 25 at 1:00 pm

All workshops will be offered at Emery/Weiner after the Yom Kippur Morning Service, starting at about 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm.

Below you will find the workshops.  Please scroll down for workshop descriptions and biographies of our phenomenal workshop leaders.

  • "Nurturing Our Children, Nurturing Ourselves" - Meaningful, Practical Self Care for Modern Parents in a Crazy World led by Laura Max Rose.
  • "Make for Me a Non-Toxic Dwelling" led by Nanette Tashnek MSW, D.PSc.
  • "Mindfulness to Strengthen Your Jewish Values of Love, Compassion & Forgiveness" Meditation led by Ann Friedman.
  • "Welcoming the Stranger: The Story of Afghan Refugees and the Jewish Community and How You Can Get Involved"  - Panel members: Praveena Lakshmamon, Hafizah Radmanesh, and Carol Pock; Facilitator: Rachel Kosoy
  • "Restorative Yoga" led by Rochelle Mannigel.

To Register for one of the Teshuvah Workshops, please click HERE


"Nurturing Our Children, Nurturing Ourselves" - Meaningful, Practical Self Care for Modern Parents in a Crazy World led by Laura Max Rose

Does self-care feel like just another task to add to your mile-long daily to-do-list as a parent? In this workshop, top parenting podcast host and mother of three Laura Max Rose helps modern parents reframe what self care really is and gain a true understanding of how it can help them find more joy and ease in their day-to-day lives. (Not a parent? This is a great workshop for caregivers, teachers, and anyone else who needs help filling their own cup.)

Laura Max Rose: Laura Max Rose is the host of top motherhood podcast “Look Ma’ No Hands” and the founder of Maxwell Media, a boutique marketing firm in Aspen, Colorado. She lives in the tiny town of Basalt with her husband and three beautiful daughters and is a proud alumna of the team at Congregation Shma Koleinu.

To learn more about Laura, the podcast and Maxwell Media, visit her at

"Make For Me a Non-Toxic Dwelling" led by Nanette Tashnek MSW, D.Psc

And God said to the Israelites “Wherever you go make for me a house where in I may dwell.” 

(Midrash) In those days on Mount Sinai when the famous message was uttered there were hardly any man-made toxins. The only diseases, toxins, or calamities at that time were either caused by the ill-spirited, or by God, in the form of plagues as punishment and or protection. 

Today we live in a very toxic and growing unsustainable environment. There is a rise in illness and death and an increase in global warming in the form of extreme temperature and weather changes. In addition, as environmental contaminants increase, our natural resources, animal, and plant populations are declining.

This workshop is to “inform” you, not to “fear” you on how you can make your home a more idealistic and safe dwelling. It draws from Psychology, Permaculture, and years of practical experience. You will learn how to see the bigger picture of health and why it is important to make lifestyle changes for your well-being and for the environment. Better resources and suggestions, greener choices, and prevention strategies for toxic overload will be provided, no matter your goal.

Nanette Tashnek will share her story of healing from three years of disability, and many years of multiple chemical sensitivities from undetected mold intoxication and toxic overload. Her faith and Kabbalah, alternative medicine, and Eidetic imagery moved her from disability to ability. Nanette will encourage you, wherever you go to make a non-toxic house where in you may dwell safely.

Nanette Tashnek MSW, D.PSc has a BS in Interior Design, a certification in Permaculture, a Masters in Social Work, a Trainer certification in Eidetic Image Psychology, and is licensed through the Pastoral Medicine Association. As a Transformational Life Coach and former psychotherapist, Nanette utilizes a mind body methodology called Eidetic Imagery with adults and couples challenged with emotional and or physical ailments.   

Meditation - Ann Friedman - Mindfulness to Strengthen Your Jewish Values of Love, Compassion & Forgiveness

Yom Kippur is a time of teshuvah, returning to ourselves, to each other and to Hashem.  This class will focus on how mindfulness practices can be helpful to strengthen your Jewish values and beliefs, particularly regarding harm we have done to another or that has been done to us.  A handout of practices will be provided at the end of the class.

Ann Friedman, Ph.D., a psychologist, is the Director of Curriculum for the Mind Body Spirit Institute of The Jung Center of Houston.  Ann received her Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA in 2015, and her Certification in Cognitively Based Compassion Training from the Center for Contemplative Studies and Compassion Based Ethics at Emory University.  She has also completed courses for children and teens through Mindful Schools, A Still Quiet Place and .b.  Over the last 10 years, Ann has led meditations and classes at Sh’ma Koleinu, Emanu El, UOS, Beth Yeshurun, and Beth Israel, showing how mindfulness practices sync with Jewish teachings.


"Welcoming the Stranger: The Story of Afghan Refugees and the Jewish Community  and How You Can Get Involved" 

The Torah teaches us that we should treat strangers who live among us with kindness and love them as ourselves, for we were strangers in the land of Egypt. This commandment is mentioned 36 times in the Torah - more than any other commandment. CSK is acting on this commandment by sponsoring a refugee family moving to Houston.

Come hear from Praveena Lakshmamon of Interfaith Ministries about refugees coming to Houston and from Hafizah Radmanesh, an Afghan refugee who resettled in Houston with the support of a local Jewish group. Learn how CSK, under the leadership of Carol Pock, is preparing to support a refugee family and consider joining us in carrying out this sacred commandment. Rachel Kosoy (Facilitator)

Restorative Yoga - Rochelle Mannigel

You may have heard us talk about Shma Koleinu’s “Kosher Pretzel,” but this isn’t it.  This Yom Kippur yoga session will not challenge your body, nearly as much as it will calm your mind. “Restorative Yoga” is meant to bring peace and quiet to your stirring soul on this very soul-stirring day.  Restorative Yoga is a way to experience true relaxation.  As stress and tension are released, healing, and "upliftment" are promoted in body, mind and spirit.   Ideal for individuals with areas of strife, special conditions or just need to BE!   

Rochelle Mannigel: Rochelle's classes are inspired by simple concepts of self care, compassion and companionship. Each of these components are vital to a powerful yoga practice and real life! She teaches energized Vinyasa flow, cardio, restore and warm/hot, revive yoga classes from her heart and soul with the desire to share her experiences. She encourages students to believe in their own ability and the use of breath to enable them to power through and experience an incredible practice. She enjoys bringing like-minded folks together, grounded and connected in the love of yoga and community. She encourages each and every one of her students to just reach for those beautiful moments and be stronger, be kinder and JUST BE. Self love = wholehearted happiness! 

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