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C8 Mercer island Reporter 0 Wednesday, September 16, 1998 Newly appearing in bookstores as summer wanes is a volume by Rabbi James Mirel and Karen Bonnell Werth entitled the and Mirel is familiar to many as the leader of Temple Bnai Torah, the Mercer Island synagogue which recently relocated to Bellevue. The book is a collection of spiritual “activ- ities” (including meditations, quotes from tra- ditional Jewish texts, and “creative blessings”) designed to the reader find his or her spir- itual path in a Jewish context. No Hebrew is required, nor is any familiarity with Jewish prayer, ritual objects or traditional texts. Mirel says the book is aimed at an audience who has been away from Judaism, or for those just beginning to acquaint themselves with Judaism. It also would appeal. he says, to peo- ple just awakening to spiritual needs, or the Jew in a small town cut off from a Jewish commu— nity or resources. The chapter headings of “Stepping Stones” follow the course of the day. the parts of the day becoming metaphors for human activity: Mirel’s ‘Stepping Stones’ a collection of Spiritual activities By Ann Gaponoff Special to the Mercer island Reporter Sunrise: Dawn —— Awakening to Life Morning: Going on Our Way, Doing Our Work Noon: Mealtime, Gratitude. Hospitality . Rabbi Jame Mirel Afternoon: Relationships Family, Friends, Community, God Evening: Leisure —— Recreation, Study, and Prayer Night: Pain, Loss, Death, and Healing Midnight: Mysticism, Sexuality, and Creation EARLY ON IN THE BOOK, the authors encourage their readers to pa~ tiently read and mull over everything, then to pick and choose those pieces that resonate with them, and arrange them as they would wish. One al- most imagines ending up with a littlecollection of index cards that would fit in a pocket, to be drawn out as necessary. Mirel credits his co—author, Werth, with being the driving force behind the project. It took them a year to write the book. Each wrote separately, and they met weekly to edit and refine. Jewish Lights Publishing was very sup- portive and accepted the manuscript immediately, said Mirel. Mirel says that he would like to see the book become a way for people to find peace with themselves and connect to God. He also is pleased with the fortuitous timing. The book has been released in time for the Jewish New Year, which occprs later this month. “I want to show that it can be a sim— ple path, though we can lose our focus easily,” hesaid. Mirel and Werth will be at Island Books on Thursday, September 17 at 7 pm. to discuss their book and sign copies. LUTIONS " Wfiuflfifl‘ufl—_*Iflh‘_fim~‘iflumfl Your source for community news ttgsiREPORTER The End is Near. Prepare. Summer’s end is near. Prepare for it. Be ready with a garden building to store all your things. Give yourself enough time to paint before the rains start. Call now. MANY PATHS TO SUCCESS .N Kiratlualc Programs City University has a n that can help you on Whether you own l) iness, teach eleme school or run the com er department oi a are designed to hi to go. offered corporation, our progra help you get where you And, since most course at night, on weekends, or through Distance Leamjn your career won't get side in the meantime. For more information about the-Beard V other programs offer at City Univmity, call 4256374010 ’ 1,—800-42615596 TTY 425450-4660 CI > city University a on so mm 3 er of programs path to success. ntar ’Stroum Jewish Community Center. v tectural elements. This exhibit is on Israeli artists show works at JCC Israeli artists Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy will display and Portals, a painting exhibit, until Monday, Sept. 28, in the Polack and Feinberg Galleries at the Mercer Island THE ifiRK “Eyewitness” is one of a series of witness sculptures by Bill Cooper. Like all of his work, it is made from a sol- id steel bar that has been heated red hot and forged with a power hammer and press. “This piece stands out like a reliable eyewit- ness, as if telling of a quick glimpse through a keyhole at the mysteries of mind and matter,” wrote Cooper in a statement about his w o r k . "Eyewitness" is currently on dis- play at the l-90 Outdoor Sculpture Gallery. it sells for $5,400. migrating to Israel in l981. Bezalel was born in New York City and lived throughout the US. before immigrating to Israel in 1988. “Our work is mixed media ——— a combination of photography and paint— ing. Sometimes we even use com— puters,” said Bezalel. During their nine years of combined work, Bezalel- Levy has published limited edition prints, art books and greeting cards. Some of these items will be on sale during the exhibit. The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge. Hours: 8 am. to 10 pm. Monday through Thursday, from 8 am. to 5 pm. Friday, from 2 pm. to 7 pm. Saturday, and from am. to 7 pm. Sunday. For more in- formation call Marcie Wirth, 232- 7115, ext. 262. The artists will make a special ap— pearance from 5-8 pm. Thursday, Sept. 24 at the JCC. The and Portals series rep— resents the continuation of a seven- year project of recording the remnants and ruins in the city of Ashkelon and the rest of Israel through basic archi- tour around the United States for the 1998-1999 academic year. Ben Levy (formerly Jennifer Ballard) was bom and raised on Mercer Island and a member of Mercer Island High School class of 1962, before im— Take a trip AROUND THE ISIiAND with LINDA MORGAN‘ Exceptional Quality Groceries Delivered Right to You... at No Extra Cost! we Know You'll Love the Benefits: 1 You get the highest quality produce. dairy products, meats and seafood because it's delivered fresh to us and then straight to you! 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