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Jewish Community Center 1414 Walnut Street Berkeley CA 94709    

Personal Growth

Single and Seeking (Again)

Recovering from a divorce or breakup? Ready to look for new relationships, but dating intimidates you? Then join us for the inside scoop about dating again. This no-nonsense, interactive singles group is ALL about making dating fun, safe and successful. And, hey, what about sex?

Rachel Sarah is the author of the forthcoming dating memoir, "Single Mom Seeking," (Seal Press/Avalon, 2006). Please contact us 1 week in advance if you need childcare.

Thursdays, Jan 19 ? March 16, 7:00 pm
Fee: $12/session, or $40 for 4 sessions

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Awakening Joy

The principles of the course are universal though much of material will include Buddhist philosophy drawn from instructor James Baraz's 25 years as a Buddhist meditation teacher and founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center (www.spiritrock.org). Current cutting edge brain shows that we actually change our brain structure as we practice certain states of mind. The more we incline the mind toward wholesome states of well-being, the more available they are to us. Participants can do the course live at the BRJCC or by email. Those who do it by email are connected with a cyberspace buddy. During the live gatherings we will have many exercises in dyads, triads and small groups.

Tues., January 31; Wed., March 01; Tues., March 28 ; Tues., April 25; Tues., May 30; Tues., June 27, 7 pm
Fee: $25/month or $150 for the series.

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Thinking Ahead: Financial Planning for your Child?s Future - COLLEGE PLANNING 101

According to a recent survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, a college graduate earns twice that of someone with only a high-school diploma. In 10 years the cost of a private college education is expected to be upwards of $240,000 per student. Give your child or grandchild the best chance for a successful future by getting prepared now so that your child or grandchild won?t be left behind. Instructor Jarrett B. Topel is a Certified Financial Planner® with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm

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Thinking Ahead: Understanding Long-Term Care Insurance

Confused about Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI) and the important role it plays in your overall financial plan and maintaining independence as we age. Then this workshop, led by Jarrett Topel, Certified Financial Planner® with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. will help to answer your questions about this important yet often misunderstood type of coverage.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:30 pm

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My Toddler and Me Discovery Group

Play, learn and have fun in this creative, nurturing and interactive group for babies and toddlers ages 10-20 months of age and their parents. Immerse yourself in your child?s world through guided play activities, and discussions designed to help you understand your toddler?s emerging self and needs.

Facilitator: TBA

Discussion topics include:
* Building Relationships
* Your Child?s Sensory World
* Building Circles of Communication
* Emotions and the Emerging Self
* Moving & Doing
* The Developing Mind
* Embracing Families
* Building Community
* Celebration

Thursdays, Feb. 23 - May 4 10:30 am ? 11:45 am
Space is limited so register early
Fee: $100 per 10-week session, or $12 per session

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Funded in part through the generosity of the "Grossberg Abrams Foundation."



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