The Spiritual Growth Department at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles has organized the the first ever Spiritual Retreat, which will take place on the weekend of Shabbat Bereshit, October 16-18 at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, with the generous support of the Angell Foundation. The theme of "Becoming Holy: Persons and a Day," is dedicated to ways of deepening the holiness of each person’s life and their incorporation of the holiness of Shabbat. Sessions will be held on meditation, yoga from a Jewish perspective, wilderness spirituality, the relation between spirituality and social justice, and personal applications of the week’s Torah portion. There will be some silent meals, as well as teaching of traditional Shabbat zemirot melodies, and the formulation of spiritual plans for the year by the twenty participants Among the teachers are Rabbi Mike Comins, Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Rabbi Ruth Sohn, Ida Unger, and Rabbi Richard Levy.
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