Centering Circles, 2023

Restoring Balance in Tempting Times

Why do we feel out of control or unbalanced in our lives? In my Kol Nidre sermon, I explored how we often are drawn to pleasures that leave us feeling worse, unbalanced, and unfulfilled. I spoke about a tool called an “Excitement Fast,” where we abstain from overly pleasurable activities in order for us to restore a sense of balance in our lives. However, this is difficult to do alone without the support of people who are going through the similar challenges.  

We are forming an online group in October called “Centering Circle,” to gather and gain insights from Jewish tradition and support one another. We will relinquish short-term enticements that detract from our well-being and support each other through the process.

How do I know if I should engage in an excitement fast? If your behaviors are leading to guilt or shame, or if you can’t stop thinking about your excitement of choice, then you might want to engage in this fast. 

YOUR EXCITEMENT OF CHOICE MAY BE:  Alcohol ● Drugs ● Exercise ● Gambling ● Romance Novels ● Sex/Pornography ● Shopping ● Social Media

Our Centering Circle will meet online Mondays and Wednesday, October 2 – November 1, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. and will be facilitated by Dr. Ken Elman.  

Registration is not required, however if you would like to receive a reminder about the meeting, please email

To join our Centering Circle without registering, click here.