Shema Circle: A place to listen, a place to be heard

A supportive group for CBI members experiencing life transitions, losses, and difficult moments to share wisdom, stories, connection, and healing.

As Jews, storytelling is central to our identity. The Shema Circle offers a place to tell our stories, to make sense of our lives through our tragedies, loneliness, joy and change.  The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves narrate and shape our lives – but sometimes to make our way through painful seasons, we need to change the way we understand our stories.

We invite you to join our healing supportive group and begin to share and revise difficult parts of the story with love, confidentiality and hopefully a little laughter.  

Facilitated by Amy Heims, Chaplain Intern at Banner University.
In partnership with Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin and CBI Cares, a part of the Hilton Family Welcome Home Project
This pilot program will take place over zoom, on Fridays from January 8 – February 26 from 10-AM-11:30 AM.

If you are interested in participating in this pilot cohort, please fill out this confidential form:
Space is limited.

The Shema Circle is made possible by the generous support of the Matthew B. Harty Family Foundation Inc. This fund has been established for Dr. Matt Harty’s philanthropic love and support for numerous foundations and various organizations for over thirty years.

The Matthew B. Harty Family Foundation, Inc, has been established for Dr. Matt Harty’s, philanthropic love and support for numerous foundations and various organizations in the Phoenix community for over thirty 30 years! Matt Harty’s family which includes: Andy Willett, Christie Miracle, Tristan & Tricia Willett-Harty, and Helene Harty Miracle will continue “Matt’s Legacy Always!”  We also will follow our own community involvement with his blessing and support!  

Facilitated by Amy Heims, Chaplain Intern at Banner University:
Amy Heims has been working with and supporting clients and families going through major life changes for the over 10 years.  During her time at Hospice of the Valley and while serving as a hospital chaplain for the past two years, Amy has learned the power and the positive impact of non-judgmental compassion, empathy and listening, as well as honoring and being present for reflective moments.  Prior to her professional career, Amy earned a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies with a focus in Jewish Studies from Arizona State University in 1997.  Her graduate research focused on the formation of Jewish identity through narratives of trauma and healing that are represented in Holocaust museums. She is finishing her fourth and final unit of Clinical Pastoral training at Banner University Medical Center.