Ariela HaLevi of Swampscott recently led an interactive
workshop, Alef Bet Yoga, as part of Inspirational Jewish Teaching, a free
professional development course for educators in Jewish schools on the North
Shore, created and funded by the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, whose
mission is helping to keep our children Jewish.
HaLevi provided an overview of the benefits of yoga for children and
explained how yoga opens up children to learning.
Teachers appreciated HaLevi’s talents as an educator and
professional yoga instructor, praising her ability to make learning yoga easy
and fun. Using guided meditations and
concrete examples, HaLevi provided techniques that teachers are excited to use
in their day-to-day teaching. Cori
Destefano-Boudreau, a teacher at the North Suburban Jewish Community Center in
Peabody said, “Yoga with Ariella was wonderful. Very calming, relaxing and fun.
Her way of teaching made it easy for anyone to learn the Alef-Bet and any level
to learn yoga.”
HaLevi suggested ways to incorporate yoga into teaching
Judaica and Hebrew. From Jewish holidays to Torah to Hebrew, HaLevi provided
creative ideas to make Jewish learning fun while incorporating much-needed
physical activity for children. Susan Novak, early childhood director at the
North Suburban JCC said “Alef Bet Yoga was so relaxing for myself and brought
great ideas to share with the children of all ages. This would also be a great
tool to share in our Intergenerational Program with our new friends at Aviv
Centers for Living.”
The Foundation provided each of the 38 teachers a free copy
of Alef- Bet Yoga by Ruth Goldeen to
use as a resource book in teaching Hebrew. Cantor Gaston Bogomolni will be the
guest teacher at the next class of Inspirational Jewish Teaching on Monday,
January 14, 2013 at Woodbridge Assisted Living in Peabody. For more information
about Inspirational Jewish Teaching visit the Foundation’s website at www.rilcf.org or contact Phyllis Osher at
978-740-4404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.