Tai Chi Chuan For Every Day

CBS is pleased to announce that we are offering a new class this fall. Beginning in September 2016, instructor Irving (Irv) Rothstein will offer Tai Chi Chuan For Every Day in Makom Sholom. The classes will meet on select Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Facebook_IrvRothstein_TaiChiPromo4 Chi (also written as qi) literally translates as "breath" or "life force." Like the Hebrew word ruach (meaning "wind" or "spirit"), chi is both the spiritual and physical energy of the body. Tai chi chuan, the meditative exercise form best known as tai chi, is used by an increasing number of people to develop awareness of and strengthen their mind and body. The long-term psychological and health benefits of the practice have been hailed in a great many studies. The quiet, gentle movements of tai chi increase one’s flexibility, develop strength and balance, and contribute to peace of mind.

Facebook_IrvRothstein_TaiChiPromo1 Irv Rothstein, a CBS congregant and tai chi sifu (practitioner or teacher), will instruct students in the Tai Chi Ruler, a simple and easy-to-learn Taoist approach to tai chi. This method will be supplemented by selected exercises from other meditative martial arts and adapted to everyday movements.

Irv Rothstein has been studying tai chi chuan and related chi techniques since 1976, working closely with Sifu Fong Ha, Irv’s si gung (teacher’s teacher), who serves as Director of the Integral Chuan Institute in Berkeley and also conducts workshops in the Bay Area, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Irv has taught Tai Chi Ruler and tai chi chuan to young and old alike, working both as a substitute for Fong and with students of his own. He has led workshops in Arkansas and Massachusetts in addition to many in the Bay Area, and he has published articles about tai chi in both local and international magazines. Irv emphasizes ergonomic elements in his classes, focusing on the development of chi in our everyday movements.

As Irv observes, “To best understand chi, one must experience it.” Please join Irv this year in to do just that!

Fall 2016 dates: September 14 & 21
(No classes in October due to Jewish High Holy Days, Sukkot, & Simchat Torah)

Each class costs $10, with all proceeds supporting CBS. Drop-ins are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and flat, comfortable shoes (or slippers) for the class.

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It Couldn't Have Been the Pay

IrvingIf you've come to more than a few Kabbalat Shabbat services at CBS, odds are you've met Irving Rothstein. And if you've met Irving, you've almost certainly heard at least one or two stories about his youth in Chelsea, Massachusetts, or his experiences working as a teacher in San Francisco's public schools. Fortunately, Irving is an accomplished storyteller, so listening to him is a pleasure.

Many members of the CBS community were understandably proud and excited when, earlier this year, Irving announced the appearance of his memoir, It Couldn't Have Been the Pay. The first book published by Rocín Publishing, It Couldn't Have Been the Pay is billed as "essential reading for teachers and anyone who enjoys a good story." Alex Russell, the founder and publisher at Rocín, describes Irving as someone for whom "stories and how we exchange them are fundamental."

pasted image 0But the publisher of a book is always going to put a positive spin on their product, so the real testament to the quality of Irving's memoir must come from readers, especially those who have no personal connection to him. And so it has! A glowing review of It Couldn't Have Been the Pay appeared in the August 2015 edition of Independent Publisher, a monthly digital journal for independent publishers, booksellers, and authors. Reviewer Craig Manning observes:

"Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book is that neither the promotional materials, nor most of the stories seem to bother identifying Rothstein as a specific type of teacher. The memoir is billed as 'essential reading for teachers' — meaning all teachers, not just math teachers, or science teachers, or English teachers, or what have you. How come? Because in these stories, Rothstein may have been employed by a specific school district to teach a specific subject, but he was really teaching his kids about life and how to navigate it. [...] Throughout his memoir, Rothstein describes teaching in a number of different ways: as an Oscar-worthy film production, as con artistry, or even as magic."

Independent Publisher selected the memoir as it's "Indie Groundbreaking Book" of the August 2015. Read the full review here, and order your copy of It Couldn't Have Been the Pay here.