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Join this new virtual Nafshi study group facilitated by Nancy Reuben Greenfield, author of "Tiptoe Through Genesis," a unique textual and experiential journey! 

RSVP for more info and for the ZOOM meeting information.


Nafshi Meditation


From the Middle East to the Far East, join Rabbi Mike Friedman and Brooks Alkek at their weekly gathering for Nafshi Meditation. Meet a community of spiritual seekers who join together to build an atmosphere of inner calm and create a space for serenity in their daily lives. 



Join Jewish men from across the Dallas Metroplex for a Nafshi sponsored Men's Basketball League at Levine Academy. Take part in creating Jewish unity, physical wellness and team camaraderie. This series includes weekly games with professional referees and a final championship game. 

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You've heard about it, maybe seen it in Jerusalem - but what is it?  Is it a cabal of mystics or movie stars?  Is it like a prayer?  Discover a world of hidden meanings, ancient traditions, new perspectives, and come along for a surprise journey of the senses.    

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Infertility Support 


WOMBS—Women Of Mind, Body and Spirit—is a community of women who are experiencing infertility and/or miscarriage. Women undergoing fertility treatment or recovering from a miscarriage often feel alone and isolated. Participants will...



Nurture your body, mind


and spirit

Come meet-up with other moms for a stroller walk with Nikki Friedman as she shares Torah insights to fuel your body and soul. Motherhood is a beautiful experience and autumn is gorgeous at Arbor Hills. With Jewish traditions as our guide... 

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If you've wanted to learn how to play mahjong and are looking for a beginner's class, or perhaps you dream in cracks, bams and dots and are searching for a group of seasoned players, then join the new NAFSHI Mahjong Club.

The Nafshi team knows how to create incredibly unique experiences which engage the senses, the mind and the heart.

Suzanne Luftig

Nafshi participant and enthusiast




Our Mission

Nafshi offers inspiring programing that integrates Jewish and holistic principles to enhance emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual wellness.

"Nafshi" is a Hebrew word that literally translates as "My Soul,"

and can also be understood as "My Holistic Self."

Our programs offer a safe and warm space for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations to infuse their lives with joy and meaning, and gain tools to help overcome everyday challenges.

Life is about relationships.

Our small communities connect people in authentic relationships that lead to personal growth and development. Community members support and encourage one another to harness the strength needed to make positive changes.

Find Community. Create Connection.

Discover Nafshi.


Rabbi Mike truly is remarkable. Not only is he well learned in Torah, but he also knows how to treat the human condition. I've gone to him for advice on several occasions and I always leave feeling better... He also has helped me embrace my Jewish roots and learn more about them. I would highly suggest meeting Rabbi Mike and attending a class by him.

- Sarah Graubard


Our Story

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Rabbi Mike

From Washington DC to Jerusalem to Dallas, my mission has been to spread Jewish teachings and spiritual principles that illuminate the human condition.  As a seventh generation rabbi, my family has shaped my perception, sensitivity, and awareness of the needs of the Jewish people.  For almost as long as I can remember, I have wanted to help others. 


For twelve years I attended the largest non-denominational Jewish Day School in the country, while members of my family identified with affiliations that ranged from Orthodox to Reform to Conservative.  Being raised with this diversity has encouraged me to respect and love each and every Jew - yet, I have always felt that our connectedness is stronger than our separateness.  I am guided by the truism:  Labeling is Disabling.  Principles of wellness and Jewish insights are meant for everyone, regardless of affiliation, denomination, or identification. 


Nafshi's goal is to help make these contemporary and millennia-old gems accessible to the entire Jewish community in warm and caring circles of community.   In so doing, I hope and pray that together we will grow to reach greater and greater levels of self-awareness, inner contentment, and holistic consciousness. 


Always with joy,

Rabbi Mike     


I grew up in a Traditional Jewish family in Chicago, attended a Conservative Jewish Day school, a pluralistic Jewish summer camp, and then a public high school. There, I became friends with people from all walks of life. ​Throughout my entire religious and personal journey, I have always had a strong connection to the Land of Israel and a passion for uniting the Jewish People. I love to learn about the world around me--all of G-d's creations--and challenge myself. I am especially drawn to seeing G-d's Hand in the realm of Mathematics, and I strive to inspire others to see its beauty as well. 

As a child, I had the great pleasure of having my "Bubbie" (grandmother) live with my family. As a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I have been deeply infused with the message that life is short and we must be grateful for all the opportunities life has to offer. I want A LOT out of this life.  My own personal struggle with years of infertility has become one of my greatest blessings. It has lead me along a road of personal development and growth, as well as newfound health awareness. I hope that through Nafshi my passion and support will inspire others to find their strength to grow in many areas of their lives. 

With love,


Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, one of the foremost leaders in Jewish life in North America and worldwide, is Executive Vice President, Emeritus of the Orthodox Union, following more than seven years as Executive Vice President.  In that role, he combined the skills of pulpit rabbi, scholar, and clinical psychologist to provide extraordinary leadership to the organization and to Orthodox Judaism worldwide.


Rabbi Weinreb received his rabbinic ordination in 1962 from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva in New York and served as spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore for 13 years, building the congregation from 160 to more than 400 families before coming to the OU. In addition, he has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland and served as a psychotherapist for mental health organizations for many years while also maintaining a private practice. His positions included roles as school psychologist for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland and as Chief Psychologist of the Potomac Foundation for Mental Health.

Rabbi Weinreb continues to travel extensively, and to write essays and commentaries for a wide variety of resources.

Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
Rabbinic Advisor

Featured Articles

Originally published in Dallas Jewish Monthly Magazine

September, 2018

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