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Counting the Omer, the methodical daily ritual of counting the days between Passover and Shavuot, is a ritual that’s brimming with spiritual promise for today’s Jews. This year, At The Well set out to connect more people to the spiritual power of this practice.
The New York Jewish Week
“There’s a beautiful framework in the Jewish calendar to make sense of a range of emotions, and to provide us with spiritual growth points. How can you navigate your day — or your life — if you literally don’t know where you’ve come from and where you are now?”
Jewish United Fund, MetrO Chicago
"If people paid attention to the new moon from one Rosh Hashanah to the next Rosh Hashanah, they would be different people. I invite them to do that with me in the next year."
J. News of Northern California
Ask Sarah Waxman to describe the goals of her Jewish women’s health organization, At The Well, and you’ll get several answers. But as for the most memorable, we have a winner: “To get 10,000 menstruators to know where they are in their [menstrual] cycles and in the Hebrew calendar.”
Sarah Waxman for Well + Good
"What I used to avoid at all costs because of body image issues has become one of my most powerful forms of spiritual healing and renewal. How? Through the ancient Jewish practice of the mikvah."
At The Well is the only organization I found that markets itself as a Jewish wellness brand. Sarah’s goal “is to be the Jewish voice in the wellness industry.” ...At The Well advocates for shleimut (wholeness), which Sarah believes is the concurrence of spirituality, physicality, and community; “If you’re more in sync with your Judaism, then you will feel better.”
WELL + GOOD
“This ritual of women gathering is so universal,” points out Sarah Waxman, founder of At The Well—a network that helps women create their own circles for Rosh Chodesh, a traditional Jewish new-moon meet-up. “It’s practiced in so many different cultures and faiths. Anyone who has a land-based heritage likely has a new moon women’s gathering [as part of it].”
"Back then I knew little of Rosh Chodesh, the new Jewish month and its significance to women. And I knew nothing of the glorious red tent I’d find myself in, full of meditation cushions, and candles, and comprising the entire space of the Jubilee room of a retreat center just outside Baltimore."
"They use Jewish ideas to respond to modern, universal questions: How do we find purpose? What do we want from our communities? What’s real? Revived in an era of wellness retreats and digital detoxes, ancient Jewish rituals like Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh celebrations have found a sudden resonance unattached from the strictures of the tradition that invented them. Whether the rabbis like it or not, they’ve been Goop-ed."
"From filmmaking to the wellness industry, three young inspiring Jewish women explain how their projects empower women and develop their own take on tikkun olam.
By and large, it may still be a man’s world in 2017, but there are a few intrepid Jewish women looking to change that.
Wielding a powerful combination of creativity, entrepreneurship and gumption, these ladies are working to change the world for the better."
"At the core of it was my desire for a community where women could teach each other about our bodies, and share Judaism in a meaningful relevant way.
So many of my friends are named for biblical women, but none of us had a sense of their actual stories.
I felt like a spiritual person, but was expressing this connection through different lineages outside of Judaism, I was craving a way to return back to my Jewishness.
"We want to be known for doing our growth, our spiritual work, and our learning in completely supported communities.
That means connecting to each other, and lifting each other up to live our most whole lives."
A series of conversations with Jewish women who are building empowering and supportive women-focused communities.
New Voices Magazine
"Sarah Waxman and I immediately bonded over our curly, Jew-fro-esque hair. As Jewish women have done for centuries, we swapped notes over the creams, conditioners, gels, and mousses we use to keep the frizz away.
But what I really learned from Waxman, the founder of a Jewish women’s wellness initiative, was that my mental health deserves as extensive a regimen as my Jewish curls."
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"Through all its efforts, ATW is doing the critical work of helping young women feel more in control of their lives, more connected to each other, and more in tune with their Jewish selves."
Jewish Women's Archive
"Menstruation: A little over half of all bodies do it, have done it, or will one day be doing it, and yet we are encouraged to not be curious about this physical process that literally makes life possible. At The Well (ATW), a Jewish women's wellness nonprofit, is seeking to bridge that artificial (and patriarchally imposed) gap between women, their bodies, and spirituality..."