A Year of Deep Ecumenism

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One of the central teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, was Deep Ecumenism. Coined by Reb Zalman’s friend and colleague Reverend Matthew Fox, Deep Ecumenism teaches us that every religious tradition is a path to the One. From it we learn that we best serve the needs of all humanity when we go beyond respecting other religious paths and become collaborators in our shared work of healing the world. Because no one tradition contains all the answers, each can be (in the Buddha’s words) “a finger pointing at the moon,” directing our hearts toward the Source. Reb Zalman taught that no single spiritual path contains all the essential spiritual “vitamins”. Therefore, in his words: The only way to get it together is together.

In the spirit of togetherness, and in honor and remembrance of our esteemed and beloved teacher, Reb Zalman, we will celebrate a Year of Deep Ecumenism in 2015. This was a defining piece of his identity, exemplified not only in his teachings but in his life. Our Deep Ecumenism programming in 2015 will include week-long learning at Ruach Ha’Aretz, ALEPH’s mobile retreat center; a weekend Shabbaton celebrating the 25th anniversary of the trip to Dharamsala to meet with the Dalai Lama; an interfaith pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine; and a wide variety of materials, liturgies, and resources for bringing Deep Ecumenism to your community.

“Getting It… Together”

Reb Zalman’s Legacy and The Jew in The Lotus 25th Year Retrospective

July 3 – 5, 2015 at West Chester University, PA

25 years ago Reb Zalman and a group of distinguished rabbis from across the denominational spectrum went to Dharamsala to meet with the Dalai Lama.  Their mission was to share Jewish wisdom with the leader of Tibetan Buddhism; in so doing, they learned more about what connects us as Jews across our differences, and also about what connects us with practitioners of other religous traditions.

Join us July 3-5, 2015 — the anniversary, on the Gregorian calendar, of Reb Zalman’s yahrzeit — for a 25th anniversary celebration of that Dharamsala trip and an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the holy work of Deep Ecumenism. Participants will include several of those who took part in the Dharamsala trip, including Rabbi Yitz and Blu Greenberg, Rabbi Moshe Waldoks and chronicler Rodger Kamenetz.

For more information and to register: http://aleph.org/together


“One River, Many Wells”

Ruach Ha’Aretz 2015
July 6 – 12, 2015 at West Chester University, PA

Meister Eckhart wrote: “Divinity is an underground river that no one can stop and no one can dam up.”

Following that, Reverend Mathew Fox wrote, regarding the many wells into that One River, “we would make a grave mistake if we confused [any one well] with the flowing waters of the underground river. Many wells, one river. That is Deep Ecumenism.”

Ruach Ha’Aretz will explore the theme of Deep Ecumenism through study, practice and the arts. Our faculty will include many of your favorite Jewish Renewal teachers who are engaging in the work of deep ecumenism as well as guest teachers and spiritual leaders from other faith traditions.

For more information and to register: http://aleph.org/ruach

Interfaith Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

March 29 – April 12, 2016

Join Rabbi Victor Gross and Rabbi Nadya Gross, along with spiritual leaders from other faith-traditions, as we journey with open hearts to walk in the footsteps of men and women of faith who carved the pathways that continue to entice Pilgrims and Seekers, Children of Abraham & Sara, to come and drink the Milk and Honey and breathe in the Holiness and Hope.

We will walk, explore, pray, learn and open to the challenge of NOW. We will come, not as mere tourists, but as visionaries; a group representing many faith traditions, engaging with one another’s Sacred Story, and leaving seeds of the wisdom that is Deep Ecumenism.

Group leaders will engage participants in shared spiritual practice, study and debriefing of daily experiences, powerful encounters with residents pursuing grassroots relationship-building and peacemaking – all with the goal of manifesting meaningful and healing interfaith relationships in our lives at home and in the dynamic Israel/Palestine region.

Information and registration: http://www.authenticisrael.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/InterfaithPilgrimage2016.pdf