Rabbi Ruth Sohn '82, Director of the Leona Aronoff Rabbinic Mentoring Program and Rabbi of the Lainer Beit Midrash at HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, is co-leading this summer's Or HaLev Silent Jewish Meditation retreat on July 1-8, 2018 outside Los Angeles.
“This retreat offers a wonderful opportunity to be introduced to, develop, and deepen your practice of Jewish meditation, along with chanting, prayer, and yoga, all integrated to support you in heart-opening practice that can ground you in every aspect of your life," shares Rabbi Sohn. "To experience the intimacy of community in silence with other Jewish spiritual seekers, and with the caring guidance of experienced teachers of these Jewish pathways, makes this retreat a truly unique opportunity for HUC-JIR students and alumni, for your own personal growth, and your work with others.”
The week-long meditation retreat offers concrete tools to access our joyful, free Divine nature, and to open our hearts. Using the vehicle of silence, mindfulness, and a variety of Jewish meditation approaches, the retreat will help you to look deeply into life. The retreat will be co-led with Rav James Jacobson-Maisels, and daily instruction in meditation by rabbis will help guide both beginners and advanced practitioners into the sacred space of the retreat process. There will be teachings and times for Q&A, as well as small group and private interviews with the instructors. Throughout the retreat, we will maintain social silence. The retreat also includes daily periods of prayer, chant, and yoga, and a deep celebration of Shabbat.
HUC-JIR rabbinical student Paige Lincenberg, the Or HaLev Retreat Manager, states, "Both my participation and professional work with Or HaLev Silent Jewish Meditation Retreats have become an integral part of my HUC-JIR rabbinical school experience, helping guide my spiritual development as well as the path of my upcoming rabbinate. This week-long journey has the capability to serve as the perfect companion to the academic nourishment that HUC-JIR offers, providing a powerfully open space to apply that liturgical and textual knowledge to a tangible practice."