Three of ALEPH’s programs — Clergy Camp, the Davvenen’ Leadership Training Institute, and Embodying Spirit, Enspiriting Body — have been selected as semi-finalists for the inaugural Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom. Here’s a glimpse of each:
Clergy Camp provides professional development for mind, heart and soul, for ordained clergy of any movement. For four days every summer, participants study text in the morning, develop skills in the afternoon, Emotions-in-Leadership practicum, and process that day’s learning in the evening during group Hashpa’ah (spiritual direction). The intensive program is designed to foster a supportive community of practitioners and peers in a setting safe enough to share deep struggles yet strong enough to provide support and new ideas.
(Read more on the Lippman Kanfer website: Clergy Camp)
The Davvenen’ Leadership Training Institute, an intensive retreat-based adult experiential learning program, trains Jewish clergy and lay leaders to deepen and revitalize Jewish prayer so that it activates the body, touches the heart, engages the mind and nourishes spiritual growth. During two years of residential retreats, DLTI prayer leaders become an empowered living-learning fellowship in which they create new pathways for making Jewish prayer come alive in dynamic prayerful Jewish communities.
(Read more on the Lippman Kanfer website: Davvenen’ Leadership Training Institute)
Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body offers an in-depth learning experience for Jewish clergy, student clergy, lay leaders, and spiritual practitioners who love to move, and who long to integrate movement, dance, and creative expression into their personal Jewish practice and community leadership. In the supportive and focused setting of four residential retreats, participants explore the deep structure of Jewish prayer, bring Torah alive, awaken and expand the experience of Divinity within their own physicality, and participate in co-creating a holy, movement-centered Jewish learning community.
(Read more on the Lippman Kanfer website: Embodying Spirit, Enspiriting Body.)
The Lippman Kanfer Foundation aims to shed light on the inspiring variety of ways that the philosophy of applied Jewish wisdom can be carried out successfully – and has called ALEPH’s programs “an outstanding example.”
The portfolio of semi-finalists is available on the Lippman Kanfer website. ALEPH is honored there among a dazzling list of luminaries, including other programs in the greater Jewish Renewal / ALEPH family, among them Wilderness Torah’s B’naiture Pre-Teen Rite of Passage (Wilderness Torah was founded and is co-led by ALEPH Ordination Programs student Zelig Golden), the 8th Night Passover Seder and Open Tent Bar / Bat Mitzvah from Judaism Your Way (Judaism Your Way is co-led by ALEPH Ordination Programs student Caryn Aviv), Kol Hai’s Generations Shabbat (founded and led by ALEPH student Shir Yaakov Feit), the Institute for the Next Jewish Future’s Judaism Unbound (co-led by ALEPH student Lex Rofes), The Shalom Center (led by Rabbi Arthur Waskow), and many others.
Prize finalists will be announced in October. Mazal tov to all the semi-finalists!