At the intersection of women’s wellness and Jewish wisdom, At The Well is engaging a new generation of women craving connection and wholeness. In just four years, At The Well’s worldwide network of Well Circles and resources rooted in this wisdom have empowered young leaders and made Jewish spirituality more personally meaningful for thousands of women today.
At The Well is an authentic, embodied reply to a question our generation has the luxury to ask: What makes Judaism relevant to us? We’ve seen first hand in Sophia’s/my circle how At The Well has transformed women who were disconnected completely from Jewish life into women who look to our traditions for meaning, spirituality and community. At The Well does this work with young Jewish women with inclusivity and integrity.
– Sophia and Benjamin Abram, Well Circle Host and Funders, Durham, North Carolina
The hundreds of Well Circles—monthly gatherings around the new moon and Hebrew month—each include about ten women with a shared mission, shared responsibility and a sacred sense of belonging. By creating space that blends biblical, talmudic, midrashic and modern texts, prayers, and rituals, Well Circles cultivate meaningful experiences and connections for participants. Importantly, every woman has a chance to lead their Well Circle as a confident host, using At The Well’s resources to facilitate discussion and activities about themes in each Hebrew month. This leadership role allows women in each Circle to not only grow more connected to their Jewish spirituality, but also to become stronger as Jewish leaders within their communities.
I met an empowering group of women through my Well Circle who helped me get a better grip on the version of Judaism that I was looking for. I’m now finding myself in countless places with a community of Jewish women and men…I feel confident for the first time talking about my version of Judaism.
– Nina Stepanov, Well Circle Attendee, New York
Beyond Well Circles, At The Well teaches, coaches, and facilitates other transformative Jewish practices for women in their network. They use the Mikvah as a technology for marking transitions. The laws of Niddah are reframed so that diverse women can connect more deeply to their bodies. And last year, more than 1,000 people counted the Omer with At The Well daily text messages and 860 people participated in a forgiveness campaign during the month of Elul.
All of these efforts help women from different backgrounds link Jewish practice to their health, wholeness, and spirituality—and combat the increasing epidemic of loneliness facing young adults today, which, along with depression and anxiety, are twice as prevalent with women than with men. Ultimately, At The Well offers a space to connect to one’s community, body, and spiritual life. Women come together to lift each other up and to build personal foundations for living healthy Jewish lives.
This article was initially published by the Jim Joseph Foundation here. The Jim Joseph Foundation is a supporter of At The Well.
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