For: Principals, teachers, B'nei Mitzvah educators, camp & guidance counselors, storytellers, JCC & Hillel staff, youth, group facilitators, & clergy
Faculty: Peninnah Schram, Goldie Milgram, Arthur Strimling,
Cassandra Sagan, Cherie Karo Schwartz & Mindy Shapiro
Jewish Spiritual Education (JSE) provides the tools you need to cultivate the soulful, mitzvah-centered learning and living which is vital student and family engagement, health, and development. Learn to create educational experiences for all ages by focusing on the "Torah of relationships." Our program engages the educator roles of maggidim (storytellers) and mashpi'im (guides) as we immerse in contemporary and tradition texts, practices and stories along with methods drawn from the expressive and creative arts, chaplaincy, psychology, meditation and movement.
Fees, Dates: This program will begin Spring 2014 and comprises 8 seven-week hour-long conference call classes, the hour of monthly individual supervision, and the annual week long residential master-class intensive woven with NewCaje (when feasible) that is required of all participants. @$2000/yr. Several partial scholarships are available.
Spiritual Educator Ordination, through Rabbi Milgram's lineage with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, will be offered for those accepted into a 3rd year of training with members of the Reclaiming Judaism clergy faculty.
Our goal for MITZVAH is to deepen your capacity to connect students to at least 52 of these life-affirming spiritual practices as applied within, between and Beyond.
Our goal for MUSSAR is to prepare you to nurture the development of your students by learning the primary attributes (middot) and sacred texts of this powerful set of mindfulness practices.
Our goal for MAGGID is to ensure that you attain a substantial repertoire of relevant traditional & contemporary mitzvah & mussar stories, along with advancing your storytelling skills into the guidance dimension associated with maggidut.
Our goal for HASHPA'AH is primarily your own spiritual development, in service of helping you to reflect on the applications of this JSE program in your life & work.
MEET OUR FACULTY
Peninnah Schram, storyteller, teacher, author and recording artist, is Professor of Speech and Drama at Stern College of Yeshiva University. She is author of twelve books of Jewish folktales, including The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales, and recorded a CD, The Minstrel and the Storyteller with singer/guitarist Gerard Edery. Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning (Reclaiming Judaism Press) was published in her honor. Peninnah is a recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator (1995) awarded by The Covenant Foundation. She has been awarded the National Storytelling Network’s 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award “For sustained and exemplary contributions to storytelling in America.”
Rabbi Goldie Milgram, DMin., M.HL., MSW founded and directs the non-profit Reclaiming Judaism & serves as Editor-in-Chief of Reclaiming Judaism Press and Podcasts, providing innovative new programs and resources for meaningful Jewish living. Rabbi Milgram has worked at every level of Jewish education–religious school teacher, & principal, youth group director, geriatric social worker & educator, BJE director, camp, pulpit, center & campus rabbi and consultant, Federation executive, university faculty and seminary dean. A Covenant Award finalist honored for her excellence in experiential Jewish education, she is also a widely published author, professional Jewish storyteller and former NBC Health Watch program innovator & anchor person, and recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Most Distinguished Citizen Award.” Her new book, Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning has just been honored by the National Jewish Book Awards.
Arthur Strimling is Maggid HaMakom at Congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Performer, writer, director, and author, he has appeared at venues including Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, 92nd Street Y, Symphony Space, and across the US, Europe, and Latin America; and has been featured on NPR and the PBS series “In The Prime.” He is the Founding Artistic Director of Roots&Branches Intergenerational Theater and author of Roots & Branches: Creating Intergenerational Theater. He has been in residence at MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Jewish Museum. Arthur also served on the editorial team for Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning.
Cassandra Sagan has devoted her life to helping others access their creative brilliance through poetry, storytelling, movement, and Torah. For twenty years Cassandra taught as a Poet in the Classroom with every age group and population, pre-schoolers through high school, adults and seniors; in gifted, new immigrant, and special needs classrooms; editing and producing almost 100 volumes of student writing. An ukulele toting singer/songwriter, Cassandra performs a weave of original and traditional songs and stories, while encouraging audience participation and individual expression. She is an ordained Maggid, a mosaic artist, an InterPlay leader, and has developed InterPlay Torah study, a playful approach to personal midrash, insight, and embodied Torah.
Mindy Shapiro, M.A, is a Jewish communal professional with 30 years of experience. She was the founding director of Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!, a program of Moving Traditions. She has also worked for other Jewish organizations including Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, International Hillel and the Gershman Y. Mindy has been studying Mussar with Rabbi Stone since 2003 and teaching since 2009. Mussar provides her with a framework for leading a more mindful life, something she helps others to do. She is also a papercut artist and teacher. Mindy serves on the editorial team for the next release from Reclaiming Judaism Press, in honor of Danny Siegel: A Family Treasury of Mitzvah Stories.
Inquiries & Applications:
Rabbi Goldie Milgram, Dean of Spiritual Education, Reclaiming Judaism, firstname.lastname@example.org 914-500-5696 (cell)