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Nishmah’s Ilene Joseph Salon Series

January 27, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Traditional Congregation
12437 Ladue Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63141

United Hebrew and Traditional Congregation women come together to discuss and reflect at Traditional Congregation.


The Nishmah Ilene Joseph Salon series offers an opportunity for women of all ages to connect and engage with other women in meaningful discussion on topics of interest to us as Jewish women.

This year, the winter salons deal with toxic relationships. We like to think that bullies disappear after high school, but some people do not grow out of being jerks and treating others in an abusive way. As adults, such toxic relationships occur in the workplace, at our synagogues, and even within our friend groups. What does adult bullying look like, and why are we so afraid to assign such a label to someone who is harassing us, putting us down, or even undermining our work? How do we define such toxic relationships? Do we define it by the “toxic” person’s insecurity, self-centeredness, disrespectful language, dominance, and control?  Do we define it by how it makes us feel, such as humiliated, shamed, insecure, or intimidated into acting or thinking a particular way?  Since two people may perceive the same situation differently, is perspective relevant? How do we prevent these relationships from hurting us, our jobs, our social standing, and even our loved ones?  Can a toxic relationship recover and become a healthy one?  Explore Judaism’s take on this, and join us for an interesting and meaningful conversation.

The following are links to the articles that will be discussed:

Article:  Reform Judaism’s “Behind Bullying”

Article:  D’ror Chankin-Gould’s “It Gets Better”

Nishmah's Ilene Joseph Salon Series

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