“I love this group. I wish my whole life was as loving as my life when I am at an Institute event.”

— Janice Rous

Clergy Leadership Program

The Clergy Leadership Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality invites cantors and rabbis to join the more than 400 Jewish professionals who have studied with the Institute to develop their spiritual practice and mindful leadership. The first CLP cohort (started in January 2014) successfully brought 40 rabbis and cantors together in an immersive, practice-based approach to deepen their own spiritual lives and the spiritual life of the Jewish community. Practice-based spirituality returns the full vitality of body, heart, mind and soul to the highly intellectualized, privatized and fragmented Judaism of today. As we continue to offer this unique learning experience, participants will refine the teaching and guidance they provide for Jews seeking spiritual growth and insight. Grounded in their own contemplative practice, they will serve more mindfully as leaders and participate more skillfully in revitalizing Jewish living.

The shared participation of cantors and rabbis in this program is itself recognition of the significance of interdependence and interconnection in spiritual life. Each of these Jewish professionals holds a key essential to unlocking the heart. Rabbis are teachers who relish sharing the words of our tradition through the study of texts and verbal communication. Cantors are teachers who delight in the power of music and song to awaken spiritual awareness. These two approaches can be identified with the classical mystical dimensions of Kol (the pure flow of sound arising from the heart) and Dibbur (the discrete, articulated expression of the mouth). Each is important, yet neither is sufficient in itself. Our hope is that in studying and practicing the expression of both voice and word, we will all deepen our capacity for compassion, understanding and creative cooperation.

For more information on the Clergy Leadership Program, email Jonathan@jewishspirituality.org

Hevraya: Alumni Program for Clergy and Educators

We continue this important work with our Hevraya Program for Professional Alumni. Hevraya is a community of practice comprised of the rabbis, cantors and educators who have completed their training through the Institute. Hevraya members seek the structure and mutual support to sustain and deepen their personal spiritual practice, and to explore together how they might share their learning with the communities in which they live and work.

Hevraya members may customize a program to maintain and deepen their spiritual development, engaging in retreats, text study, mindful Jewish leadership reflection groups, distance learning and sharing of best practice, and spiritual direction. They may also pursue additional leadership training through the Institute to develop advanced teaching skills in mindfulness meditation and yoga.

Please note, the Hevraya Resource Bank’s new address is http://ijshevraya.wikispaces.com/

For more information about Hevraya, please email Marc@jewishspirituality.org