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Supporting The Light Within: Transforming Jewish Education for Difficult Ti...

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Camp Young Judaea Retreat Center

Wimberley, Texas 78676

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Support the Light Within. Attendance is Limited. Register Now.

We are providing three full days of advanced training for Jewish educators* who want to work with a team of master teachers on skills, stories, texts, methods and strategies from the field of Jewish Spiritual Education to prepare and support students to cope and thrive in difficult times. You will receive the tools you need to serve in this age of resurgent anti-Semitism, racism, nationalism, #MeToo, deadly fires and floods, bullying, loss of civility, isolation, exclusion, rising rates of despair, depression, suicide, and so much more.

Jewish spiritual growth and development requires we understand the importance of preparing our students to go through times of darkness without losing their inner light. The Torah mentions darkness 170 times and we learn in Exodus 20:21 that Moses “approached the darkness because that is where HaElohim is.” Exodus, the Talmud, Isaiah, Rashi, the Bal Shem Tov, the Lubavitcher, and Chernobler rebbes all reveal powerful ways to navigate and overcome inner and societal darkness.

During sessions, you will first experience your soul’s response to the blending of case studies, sacred texts, stories, and methods being presented. You will then be mentored on your own Jewish and professional journey as you try out these approaches to safely support, guide, and inspire your students, families and communities.

Methods are drawn from Non-Violent Communication, Mussar, InterPlay, Hashpa’ah (Jewish spiritual guidance), Focusing, chevruta, the expressive arts, action, and storytelling as a transformative tool. You will be guided in immediately implementable approaches for one-to-one, units, assemblies and community programs. Booklist and articles will be available before the secular new year. Bring a journal to write in and also bring your questions, experiences, successes, and challenges.



Tuition, Room & Board: $479 [rate is heavily subsidized by several foundations.] Kosher, vegetarian, gluten and dairy-free meals are available, other special diet needs will be covered upon request. Some scholarship is available.

Location: The recently built, beautiful, and serene Young Judaea Retreat Center, just outside of Austin, Texas in Wimberley. Austin is one of America's most affordable flight hubs!

*Principals, teachers, clergy, counselors, professional Jewish storytellers, JCC, JFCS, camp and other Jewish communal service program staff

MEET OUR INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH SPIRITUAL EDUCATION FACULTY OF MASTER TEACHERS

Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram, MSW, Founder. Batya Podos, Dean. Cherie Karo Schwartz, Judith Black, Cassandra Sagan, Cathy Schechter, Mindy Shapiro (Maggid-Educator Program), Danny Siegel (B-Mitzvah! Specialist and Maggid-Educator Programs). Faculty Bios

Inquiries: Dean of Admissions and Professional Training, Batya Podos: batsongs@gmail.com
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TWO WAYS TO CONTINUE YOUR TRAINING AFTER THE CONFERENCE:

B-MITZVAH!(SM) (B’nai mitzvah) Specialist Training
Begins 2019 after the conference. 8 weeks of Distance Learning
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MAGGID-EDUCATOR TRAINING
Begins with Jan 24-27, 2019 Conference PROGRAM
and continues via Distance Learning.
Certification (2 years) and/or Ordination (3 years)
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