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New Year, New Beginnings: Seeing Sacred Possibility in our Work Transitions

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4 Elul 5779

6:30 PM - 8:30 PMAdas Israel Congregation

As we approach the Jewish new year, many of us are exploring professional changes -- finding a new job, transitioning to a different career, starting a business or initiative, going back to work, pursuing greater leadership, planning for retirement, or stepping away from a role that is no longer serving us. These work transitions can often spark anxieties, doubts, and insecurities. Am I good enough? Will I find a role that fits my strengths, passions, and work-life balance needs? What will others think of my choices? How do I meet my responsibilities without squelching my dreams? In this workshop, we will seek a more grounded and life-giving approach to our career transitions, inspired by the lessons of Mikvah, the Jewish ritual of transition. Come explore Jewish texts about new beginnings, and finding one’s path and purpose. Then reflect on what you are ready to let go of from the past year in your career, and what you truly want to bring about in the coming year. Come away with concrete action steps to pursue your vision, along with a sense of connectedness, hope, and possibility for your next professional chapter. This workshop is open to all ages and genders.

Sarah Beller is a coach, educator, entrepreneur, and musician who inspires and empowers people to bring about a more just and thriving world. For the past 16 years, she has been part of the fabric of the DC Jewish community as a service leader, mikvah user, social justice organizer, and most recently as HIAS’ former community engagement director for greater Washington DC. After a decade building movements to address pressing global issues, Sarah recently launched her own venture. Through Realize Change, Sarah supports women and non-binary folks who want to find fulfilling next steps in their careers and unleash their visions for positive change. A trained facilitator and coach, Sarah is a recipient of Avodah’s Partners in Justice Award for visionary leadership in pursuit of social justice and the co-founder of SongRise, an acclaimed women’s social justice a cappella group that has appeared on CNN and BBC. She holds a bachelors degree in social anthropology from Harvard College and a masters degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. Sarah lives just across the park from Adas Israel with her husband Scott Rechler and their young son, whose current passion is making art.

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