Connecting Interfaith Families to Jewish Life in Greater Cleveland by providing programs and opportunities for interfaith families to experience Judaism in a variety of venues, meet other interfaith families, and to connect to other Jewish organizations that may serve their needs.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
Spiritual Direction offers a unique opportunity to explore our relationship with the Holy, the mystery we call God.
In individual or group settings, spiritual directors companion others as they reflect on their spiritual journeys and learn to recognize how the Source of Life invites us daily into deeper connection with ourselves, with others and with creation. Understanding that spiritual growth is an ongoing process of reflection and response, commitment and practice, directors support people to cultivate their inner lives and expand their awareness of the sacred dimensions that underlie both the ordinary and extraordinary events of life.
The Kotzker Rebbe said: "God is present where we let God in." Spiritual direction is a practice that supports us to let God in.
What is a Jewish Spiritual Director?
A Jewish Spiritual Director recognizes the spiritual hunger of contemporary Jews. Throughout Jewish history, mentors such as the mashpia, chaver or mashgiach, provided spiritual guidance for their settings and eras.
Drawing on our heritage to create a contemporary model of spiritual companionship, a Jewish Spiritual Director helps people to connect experiences of the holy to Jewish vocabulary and tradition, explore Jewish pathways that sustain the inner life, panimiyut, and inspire participation in kehillah, spiritual community.
This class will serve as an introduction to a two-year training program in becoming a spiritual deirector. Participants in this introductory week are not required to commit to the full institute. Join us if you'd like a taste!