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Yom Kippur Afternoon Teshuvah Workshops Wednesday, October 5th 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.

  • Restorative Yoga led by Rochelle Mannigel
  • Red & Black - Oy Vey! You Want to Talk About Money? led by Red & Black
  • Perspectives on Caregiving led by Richard Elbein
  • Meditation - Ann Friedman 
  • Is Your Child Traumatized led by Marcy Laviage & Melissa Goldberg
  • The Healing Art of Storytelling led by Mandy Trichell

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

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! 


The High Holy Days are about reflection, making fundamental changes – or at least adjustments – and trying to become a better person.  But, although it is a spiritual journey, there is no reason you cannot combine learning with laughter, so … laugh along with Red & Black as they talk about their own journey – Red had a crisis, and her sister, Black, turned it into a book – a brand – a business. But even Black had no way of knowing that their book – which was intended as the basis of a sitcom – would be used as a personal finance and "Life 101" textbook in schools, and now prisons.  Through their story-telling approach, Red & Black will explore key financial topics from their book and practical strategies for taking control of your money, as well as how your values and priorities should drive all your decisions – financial and otherwise.  

Red & Black  - If you have read their monthly column in the Jewish Herald-Voice, you already know that Red and Black are sisters.  Born in New York, raised in the same house by the same parents – but that’s where the similarities end. 

After getting a degree in Theater Arts from Wake Forest University, Red moved back in with her parents until she married an outgoing Englishman and followed his career around the globe.  Living a fairy-tale life as a stay-at-home warm-and-fuzzy mom, her husband getting fired was the catalyst that forced her to face reality, learn to make better decisions, and take control of her life.  Red, who refers to herself as a “mere mortal”, initially thought she was stupid because she was 40+ years old and had managed to avoid learning many important “life lessons”, but soon realized she had merely been sheltered.      

Black, on the other hand, is all business.  With an Economics degree from Wilkes College (now Wilkes University) and an M.B.A. in International Finance from New York University and London Business School, she retired from the oil & gas industry by the time she was 40.  When boredom sank in, she started racing cars – first Porsches, then Ferraris – and was the first woman to race the road course at Indianapolis, and along the way, raised over $1 million for Make-A-Wish.  When Red’s husband got fired, she turned her sister’s “crisis” into a book, a brand, a business.  (What are sisters for?!)

Their bestselling book, What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired!, was intended as a sitcom when launched by Neiman Marcus, but a funny thing happened on the way to Hollywood … they detoured into the worlds of education and criminal justice. 

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Perspectives on Caregiving - Richard Elbein 

Yom Kippur is a time to slow down, review our lives and our relationships, and think about how we would like things to be different in the year to come.  On Yom Kippur, during the decade of my own caregiving for my Aunt Blossom and my mother, my mind would settle on questions like:

Have I been patient enough? 

Should I be more responsive to their needs? 

Am I being selfish? 

Was I wrong to place them in assisted living? 

Are they comfortable and happy? 

Am I taking care of myself? 

Can I change my interactions to help bring more joy to our lives?  

In this workshop, we will use Alzheimer's and dementia as case studies as we explore the challenges of caregiving and the search for balance.  Using Jewish text as a guide, we will search answers to the hard questions.  

Richard Elbein has been the CEO of the Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association since 2002. Richard received his undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition from University of Texas Austin and his Masters degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech.  He spent more than 20 years in health care administration prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association.  

Alzheimer’s is a particular passion for Mr. Elbein.  His maternal grandfather lived with progressive dementia for five years prior to his death in 1998, and his paternal grandmother suffered with Alzheimer’s for many years prior to her death in 2000.  He was the caregiver for his mother, who had Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, and his aunt, who had mixed dementia.


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.


Is Your Child Traumatized? Melissa Goldberg and Marcy Laviage

When your child has been through an upsetting or stressful event, it can feel overwhelming. Is your child traumatized? Are new behaviors normal, or signs of PTSD? What can you do to make your child feel safe again? Psychologists Melissa Goldberg Mintz  and Marcy Laviage know what is needed to support a traumatized child--and they knows that loving parents play the most important role.  Come learn crucial tools for ensuring that your child doesn’t feel constrained by fear--and can face future challenges with hope and resilience.



Dr. Marcy Laviage, a clinical psychologist for over 20 years, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas and doctorate degree at the University of Connecticut.  Her academic research focused on childhood trauma and effects on at-risk adolescents and young incarcerated men.  Before opening her private practice, she was employed at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) offering individual, group, and family therapy services for children and adolescents.  Dr. Laviage has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally on a variety of emotional and behavioral issues in children and adolescents.  She is a founding member of the Houston Eating Disorders Specialists group and an active member of the Houston Psychological Association and Fort Bend Psychological Association and Past-President of the Texas Psychological Association (2014).  In addition, Dr. Laviage has been a member of the Disaster Mental Health Team for the American Red Cross and has volunteered after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and other natural disasters such as flooding and apartment fires around the Houston area. 

Dr. Melissa Goldberg Mintz is an author, psychologist, and mom of two living in Houston, Texas. She has worked with traumatized children, adolescents, and families for a decade, and is passionate about the role parents play in helping their children recover from adverse events. Dr. Goldberg Mintz received her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.  After completing her doctoral internship at Kaiser Permanente, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Menninger Clinic with Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Goldberg Mintz has also served as a staff psychologist at the Harris County Children’s Assessment Center and most recently as Assistant Clinical Professor at UTHealth McGovern Medical School. She currently owns a small private practice, Secure Base Psychology, holds the title of Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and is the author of Has Your Child Been Traumatized? How to Know and What to do to Promote Healing and Recovery (The Guilford Press, 2022).


The Healing Art of Storytelling 

Sharing our stories brings them out of the shadows. When we allow the moments that have challenged us the most to see the light of the day, we inevitably find more support than judgment, more clarity than confusion, and others who stand up and say "me too." In this workshop, we'll use the art of storytelling to explore our personal experiences and challenges with forgiveness. Is there someone you are struggling to forgive, or do you wish someone would forgive you? Is there something you haven't forgiven yourself for? Or maybe you have a story that shines a light on the power of forgiveness. All stories are welcome. Please bring a notebook and pen, or if (like me) you prefer to type, your laptop.

Mandy Trichell is a consummate storyteller, who finds and creates healing through relationships and the spoken word.  Join her on Yom Kippur afternoon to discover the ways in which articulating a story, especially one of brokenness or loss or despair, can help one embark on a journey towards healing.  

In her professional life, since early 2008, she has been making residents of the Heights and Montrose lean, mean thriving machines. Her clients range from bartenders, actors, artists, local musicians, dj's and performers to stay-at-home mothers, fathers, teachers, dance instructors, and many more of Houston's most interesting folks.

She teaches her clients that they don't need a gym or special equipment to stay in shape. One’s own body weight and determination are all you need. We talk endlessly about food and lifestyle choices that can be modified to make being healthy, energetic, and beautiful easier. Best of all, we have a great time doing it.

Mon, March 20 2023 27 Adar 5783