Women's Learning Program at the Koby Mandell Foundation
Once a week, every Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 1:00, 10 bereaved mothers
(between the ages of 25 and 60) meet and learn together at the office of the
Koby Mandell Foundation. The first class is facilitated by a bereaved
mother, Piki Apter. The women learn the texts of Rev Ashlag and other texts
and then discuss their personal situations in light of what they have
learned. The second class is in Hassidut and related to the parsha and
holidays and taught by Nechama Gross. The classes are in Hebrew.
Refreshments are also served and the women report that the morning is an
island of serenity and heaven for them. The sharing, and the larger
perspective of looking toward G-d help the women reframe their trauma. The
women offer each other comfort and inspiration and can discuss their
personal issues with freedom, something that they cannot do in an ordinary
class or even with friends.
Before Purim, there was a class in laughter for the women in the beit
midrash. It was taught by a woman who does laughter yoga and it was amazing
to see the group of bereaved moms and widows do all kinds of silly things,
including one woman pretending to be King Ahashverosh and the others trying
to win the contest to be his consort by singing opera, belly dancing, etc.
The women also played with balloons, pretended to row a big boat, and danced
around the room together. Together they were lifted from their sorrow and
were able to find happiness together.