December 2-4: a seminar featuring Rabbi Marcia Prager (dean of the ALEPH Ordination Program), Quaker teacher Rebecca Mays and Sufi Sheikh Ghassan Manasra
The expectant waiting at the core of Quaker practice is an important element in all of the Abrahamic traditions – Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. At this fallow time of the year — Advent in the Christian liturgical calendar – we gather together as people of faith(s) to explore how focal figures in each of the Abrahamic traditions (Mary, David, and the Prophet Muhammad) can illuminate our own spiritual experiences of “Waiting on God.” Three facilitators, one from each of the three traditions, and experienced in interfaith conversations will guide us as we seek together to deepen our listening, open our hearts to hear and accept the message God has for us, and ready the spiritual soil for nurturing the gift to maturity.
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This year’s National Havurah Committee Winter Retreat will feature a wide variety of ALEPH / Jewish Renewal folks, including co-chairs Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Evan Markus, ALEPH-ordained Rabbi Cherina Eisenberg, ALEPH rabbinical student Carl Woolf, and OHALAH member Rabbi David Seidenberg.
Studying Torah and celebrating a musical Carlebach-style Kabbalat Shabbat service begin our weekend together. Friday evening continues with dinner, singing, and study sessions. On Saturday and Sunday, take time for spirited prayer, or walk at the lake, study accessible texts, learn and sing new songs, stretch your body and your mind. There will also be a supervised program for children, with time for learning and entertainment as well as play – both inside and outdoors.
Camp Ramah in New England is located just outside of Palmer, MA, a few miles north of exit 8 off the Mass turnpike. It is about an hour from either Boston or Hartford, CT, 90 minutes from Albany, NY or Providence, RI., and about 3 hours from New York City.