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These are trying times. And ever the more so for our educators, clergy, and communal professionals who spend their days and nights taking care of their communities.  We focus so much on caring for others that we often forget or don't make the time to take care of ourselves. Yet, we also know that when we do not practice self-care, we are not as effective for our communities. As we always hear when we travel, we need to put our masks on first. We are creating a group to help us do just that. 

Join us for our new "Putting Our Mask on First" group for educators, clergy, and communal professionals. This virtual group will be facilitated by Dr. Betsy Stone and Micol Zimmerman Burkeman, MAJE, and will meet weekly for a month. The same group will meet for all four sessions. This will be a place for us to share, support each other, and learn ways to practice self-care and manage our own fears and challenges so we can be at our best for our communities.

Group size will be limited to keep it smaller and more intimate. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Due to its popularity, we have created a second group.

Group 1: Fridays at 1:00 pm ET from May 15 - June 5 - FULL
Group 2: Thursdays at 3:00 pm ET from May 21 - June 11

To register for Group 2: Please email Micol at mzimmerman@huc.edu with your name, role, organization, and HUC program and graduation year if applicable. 


Dr. Betsy Stone received her Doctorate in Psychology from Yale University. She is a retired psychologist who serves as an adjunct lecturer at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Her classes include Human Development for Educators, Adolescent Development, and Teens In and Out of Crisis. She teaches and consults with Jewish professionals across the country.

Micol Zimmerman Burkeman, MAJE, is the Recruitment and Leadership Development Associate at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She has worked to elevate and reimagine Jewish education and teen engagement for the last 15 years. As a consultant, coach, and designer and facilitator of professional development, she works with educators, clergy, and Jewish communal professionals to help them increase their impact and maximize their potential.