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It’s Never Too Late to Find Light in the Darkness

A Relevant Message on Holding Opposites

Melanie Gruenwald knows from personal experience that finding light in the darkness means approaching life with an understanding of balance. It’s a recognition that we will experience both good and bad, and an appreciation that we have the ability to both see the light and live through the darkness.

Click the adjacent video thumbnail to view this session online.

Meet Melanie Grunewald

Melanie Gruenwald, Executive Director of Kabbalah Experience brings over 25 years of non-profit leadership and community-organizing to her position. Engaged with senior citizens, families, college students, and teens, Melanie has extensive professional experience with communal leadership and informal Jewish education.

Melanie is energized by building relationships, understanding people’s needs and finding ways to connect them to one another. She loves the balance of organizational leadership and teaching which she engages on a daily basis at Kabbalah Experience.

She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y), and  Masters in Social Work and Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Melanie has pursued additional Judaic and spiritual studies at  the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, the Conservative Yeshiva, and most recently, Kabbalah Experience.

Melanie is married to Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald, Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Educational Alliance, and is mom to three children, Koby (z”l), Hannah, and Micah.

Title Sub-Title Author Content
Your Pain Becomes Your Art
What seems broken is actually an opportunity for beauty.
Stefano Carnazzi
A Beautiful Read
A Beautiful Read - Three Pieces of Poetry and Prose
A Practical Approach to Finding Light
Let mindfulness guide your way.
David Richo
Give Yourself Permission to Hold The Tension
Why the way to solve our problems often isn't what we expect.
Gavin Conochie
This Little Light of Mine
Let it shine!!
A Crack in Everything
Perceived faults become the opportunities for change.
Leonard Cohen

Additional Resources

Along with our guest speaker’s video message, we encourage you to check out the additional resources from our guest and Lotus Network.

Kabbalah Experience offers free Intro classes and “pay as you can” model for new members. All classes are held on ZOOM videoconference.

Summer faculty include:

  • Hal Aqua
  • Rabbi Jamie Arnold
  • Rabbi Sara Brandes
  • J. Ruth Gendler, Author
  • Rabbi Bernard Gerson
  • Sue Parker Gerson
  • Melanie Sasson Gruenwald
  • Susan Kaplan, M.S.W., M.P.A.
  • and Dr. David Sanders

Free Intros the week of June 22

Classes begin June 29

Details at: Kabbalah Experience

The Timely Topics Committee suggests the following resources for more in-depth perspective on this month’s topic or just to put a smile on your face.


Timely Topics Committee and Contributors: Terry Rubin, Cathy Fleishmann and Jane Gwin