Counting the Omer Yoga with Tiferet - Starts Sunday, April 28

Join us for seven weekly yoga sessions, each session will be held in the Zweig Library at Beth Shalom. In collaboration with Congregation Beth Shalom, Tiferet Project is leading a yoga series that explores this week by week countdown from Passover to Shavuot. The countdown links the freedom and liberation of Passover with the revelation and responsibility of Shavuot. Through yoga practice we will move through “the 49 gates” of transformation as imagined by the Kabbalists, connecting the qualities such as loving kindness, strength and balance.

Appropriate for all levels of yoga. If you are new to yoga or have mobility limitations please arrive 15 minutes early so we can work with you one-on-one in advance.

Bring your own yoga mat (and yoga props if you have them).

Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
April 28, 2024
May 5, 2024
May 12, 2024
May 19, 2024
May 26, 2024
June 2, 2024
June 9, 2024

Tuition for this class is by donation.
Recommended donations are $18 per class and $118 for all 7 classes.

Counting the Omer Yoga with Tiferet Registration Form
I understand that each person’s level of fitness is different, and that participating in yoga and other forms of physical activity carries certain inherent risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries. I accept the need to monitor my own participation. It is my obligation to decide whether to sit out or modify an exercise, let the instructor know that I am choosing not to participate, or otherwise ask for help. I hereby acknowledge that my participation is voluntary and that I freely and knowingly assume all such risks from my participation. I also represent and warrant that I do not have any injuries, past or present, which may impede or make imprudent my participation in yoga and other forms of physical activity. For good and valuable consideration, including my right to participate in yoga and other forms of physical activity and to access the facilities provided, I, for myself, my heirs, personal representatives, and assigns, do hereby release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue Tiferet Project, together with its instructors, directors, officers, staff, agents and other representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”), from any and all demands, liabilities, claims, losses, expenses and causes of action related to my participation in yoga and physical activity, including but not limited to claims for personal injury (including death) and damage to or loss of property. I further agree to indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless from any and all liability, claims, damages, losses, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, which occur during or arise out of, in whole or in part, my participation, including injuries or damage caused by the negligence of any Released Party. This Release is governed by Pennsylvania state law without regard to conflicts of law principles and shall be binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns. I have read this Release and acknowledge that I am signing it freely and voluntarily and intend by my signature that this is a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the broadest, fullest and most inclusive extent permitted by law. If any portion of this Release is invalid, I agree that the remaining portions should be construed to be given full legal force and effect.
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Meet the Yoga Instructors

Cantor Julie Newman

Cantor Julie Newman is the founder of Tiferet – A Jewish Spirituality Project and one of the spiritual leaders of Chavurat Shirah, an experimental minyan in Pittsburgh. She received cantorial ordination and her Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. She has been leading Jewish worship in Pittsburgh synagogues for more than 20 years. Passionate about Jewish prayer and contemplative practices, she has been active with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, both as learner and teacher. She is an RYT 200 yoga teacher and received certification from the Yoga and Jewish Spirituality Teachers Training program. Cantor Newman teaches Tiferet Mindfulness Meditation twice weekly. Julie lives in McCandless Township with her husband Bill Klingensmith, where they raised their two adult children Jake and Ben.

Edith "Edie" Raphael

Edith “Edie” Raphael, PhD, RYT 500, is a Wexner Heritage Alumna and an experienced educator who is passionate about finding, creating, and sharing meaningful spiritual connections to Judaism. Edie is a recipient of the Dorbrecht Grant for Judaic Yoga and was named one of Baltimore’s favorite yoga teachers in BaltimoreMagazine’s “Best of Baltimore.” She is the founder of Off The Grid Yoga and Camping, and has taught yoga for the Jewish Theological Society’s Rabbinic Training Institute and the Wexner Foundation’s Heritage Program retreat. Edie is the author of Mussar Yoga (Jewish Lights, 2014), and The Art of Being Present (Red Lizard Press, 2018) and she has over 18 years of experience leading yoga and mindfulness around the country. In 2022, she happily returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh. She has two adult children who also love Pittsburgh.