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



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 2-hour workshop includes ice cream!

Date TBD.

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