I'm excited to see you at these events!
I am working on online registration, I promise. 
In the meantime, if you'd like to register for one of these classes, please contact me through this website or by email rabbiamyjosefaariel@gmail.com and I'll get you all set up! 
Please DO register in advance so we have everything we need to all have an amazing time together. 

We will do our best to create a scent-free environment, please let me know if you have specific sensitivities and/or allergies we can be extra aware of. Snacks will always be vegetarian and include gluten-free foods. (My food accommodation list is probably longer than yours!) There are some stairs at both of our current workshop locations and no elevator, but Newell Park has ramps. Our hikes at State Parks will be pretty low-key, nothing too strenuous, but we will be out in the woods and there are some hills. Some of us need other accommodations, and as I plan the day at the fair, for example, I can plan for any accommodations I know about with very few exceptions. I am working on ASL interpretation, in the meantime, I'm open to adapting my communication so that we are communicating - whatever that means. Just let me know!

What haven't I thought of? 


workshops, events, and retreats


people of the books

Four times this year we will gather at Common Roots in the community room and talk about books and identity.
Ms. Marvel  by Willow Wilson AND How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch

Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik AND Mirage, by Somaiya Daud

The Butterfly Mosque, by Willow Wilson AND The Best Place on Earth, by Ayelet Tsaberi

A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts, by Noam Sienna AND Love Inshallah, by Nura Maznavi

Please contact me for details if you are interested! (free)

Throwback thursdays: explorations in Jewish history

Thursdays 3-4pm at Beth Jacob Congregation (ongoing/free)
Starting November 1stwe are going to throw Thursdays all the way back to the American Revolution. Following Washington's victory at Yorktown, Jacob and Judy Mordecai settled in North Carolina. Against the national backdrop of the Great Awakenings, Nat Turner's revolt, the free-love experiments of the 1840s, and the devastation of the Civil War, each generation’s members defined themselves as Jews, patriots, southerners, and middle-class Americans.

Beginning with Mordecai: An Early American Family, by Emily Bingham, we will explore Jewish experience in the 13 colonies and young states and reflect on how these stories of the past inform our understanding of our own identity and place in history today. Please bring the book with you!

One People, One Book, One God: Essentials of Judaism

Mondays 7-8:30pm at Beth Jacob Congregation
October 8 - December 17
For more information and to register (pay what you can) go here!
ASL CEUs (through ASLIS) an additional $20.

Designed for individual spiritual seekers,   Jews who want meaningful adult learning, adults raising Jewish children, couples  and  family members who share different backgrounds, folks who work in the Jewish community, people interested in Judaism, and those considering or in the process of converting, each semester can stand alone or can be joined as a full-year program. Participants will be invited to engage in discussion, reflective writing, in-workshop small group projects, listening to music, watching videos, raising provocative questions,  practical application of our explorations,  and more. Topics include  things like  food, talking about God, understandings of life and death, Jewish time, our relationship with Israel . . . who we are and what it means to live a Jewish life.   


re*JEW*venate: A 4-week Let's-Get-This-Jewish-Year Started Journaling Club


Kind of like a book club, only journaling! No previous experience necessary.
11:30am-1pm OR
8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5
Saint Paul, contact me for location.
Limit 12 participants.

Everyone is welcome from all backgrounds and experiences. 

In this 4-week series, we will gather together for guided and independent journaling. Through discussions and activities we will begin with reflection and move toward intention and goal setting.

With plenty of time for reflection we will learn about ourselves, and especially because it's Elul we will soak in the available love and support from Jewish tradition.  

Cost: Sliding scale of $25 - $85
No one turned away.


Just Jew It: Jewish Day Camp for grown ups

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Judaism on a stick!
Let's do jewish at the fair

Saturday August 25

3 - 8:30pm

Think amazing race (without the competition)! An afternoon of Jewish adventure and meaning while having fun at the fair.

Starting in a big group, breaking into teams for a Jewish scavenger hunt around the fair grounds, into pairs for chevruta study (learning with a friend) on the sky ride, back with the big group to debrief, and so on. Once it gets dark we make havdallah somewhere awesome, and then people can stay for the fireworks or head home.

Cost: $25-60 includes admission ($14.00) some fair snacks, and all group activities including rides. 





Just Jew It: Jewish Day Camp For Grown-ups

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Saturday/Shabbat August 4th
10am - 3pm 

Newell Park
900 Fairview Ave N.
St Paul, MN 55104
Picnic lunch - included.
Pavilion in case of rain.

Shabbat morning Torah study and meditation.

A day of activities and discussions learning about Shabbat and Havdallah, including making spice boxes.

Everyone goes home with a candle, grape juice box, and their filled spice box and instructions for how to make havdallah on their own. 

Cost: Sliding scale $15-30/person
No one turned away.



couples retreat


Enjoy an afternoon together focusing on each other, deepening your relationship, and having fun while building on the communication skills you have and learning new ones.

All couples are welcome.

Just bring each other! All materials, snacks, and beverages will all be provided.

Cost: $200/couple
This one-day retreat based on Prepare/Enrich will be facilitated by Amy Josefa Ariel, Prepare/Enrich Couples Coach

Date TBD.












Have you been thinking about where judaism fits in this #metoo moment? ME, TOO. 

Whether we are talking about having good boundaries, respecting someone's "no", or knowing what an enthusiastic "YES!" feels like in our own bodies, Judaism has a lot to guide us.

Cost: Let's Talk
This 1-4 hour workshop can include ice cream!

Just Jew It: Jewish Day Camp for grown-ups


Saturday/Shabbat August 18

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
9700 170th St E.
Nerstrand, MN 55053

Shabbat morning Torah experience and service in the woods - a traveling/hiking Shabbat morning.

Bring your own picnic lunch.
Well-socialized dogs on leashes welcome.

A day to learn about Judaism and nature.

People leave only footprints and take with them only (photos and) memories.

Cost: Sliding scale $15-30/person
You will need a MN State Park parking permit.
No one turned away


A ROSE BY many names: hawwa, chava, and eve


Chava in the creation story in the Torah, identified as Adam's wife in the Quran and named Hawwa in hadith, Eve is in some ways the most familiar and least known female figure from both our Jewish and Muslim traditions.  Join us on this journey to better know our shared matriarch and through learning about her grow in our relationships with each other.

Cost: $60/person
This is a 3-hour workshop.

Facilitated by Rabbi Ariel and Muniza Lalani Ahmed
Muniza has graduate degrees from the Institute of Ismaili Studies and the University of London, and is an educator with ITREB USA.  Muniza teaches at Ismaili Muslim religious education centers (RECs) throughout the nation, including in the Twin Cities. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their two young children.

Date TBD.


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Anytime! Any place! Rain or Shine!
I get the word out about 7-10 days in advance.
We meet up somewhere. We Shabbat it up together!

11th and 12th grade Ismali Muslim and Jewish students learning together.

11th and 12th grade Ismali Muslim and Jewish students learning together.

For a year, Amy and I co-taught Muslim and Jewish teens, spending many hours a month together creating integrated lessons. In Amy I found a visionary, someone who sees the purpose of faith-based education to prepare young minds to engage positively and critically, confront differences, and create real, human connections. Amy is not one to avoid conflict and has the unique ability to find positive ways to dialogue and engage. I have watched and learned from Amy on how to respect our student’s viewpoints while finding teachable moments. Amy practices what she teaches and is a role model for active citizenship by being involved in local communities, standing up for justice and defending democracy on all levels.
— Muniza Lalani Ahmed