Alumni Shabbat at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sixty HUC-JIR alumni gathered with our entering Year-in-Israel class on Shabbat afternoon, July 7, 2012, at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem for “Spirituality in Life and Work,” an afternoon of learning, discussion, and community.  Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, welcomed alumni to HUC-JIR/Jerusalem campus. Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, led the session “My Spiritual Challenges,” followed by a response and discussion with the Blaustein Center staff. Alumni were then given four workshop options:

  • Dilemmas of Spiritual Care of an Israeli Rabbi: Report from the Field - Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman
  • Rabbis Practice Spiritual Care - Simulation Sessions in our Clinic - Avner HaCohen, Clinical Psychologist
  • Mindfulness Practice Workshop - Mr. Baruch Shalev
  • Talmudic Bibliotherapy:The Use of Talmudic Stories for Healing Purposes - Dr. Ruhama Weiss

Following the workshops, the Jerusalem campus hosted a Seudah shlishit and Havdallah, led by Rabbi Ken Chasen and our Year-in-Israel students.

Rabbi Kelman stated, “Our alumni gatherings now highlight key departments on the Jerusalem campus. This summer we are pleased to introduce our visiting alumni to the pathbreaking work of the Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counselling. For the first time, four Israeli students in our "Mezorim" Clinical Pastoral Care Program attended this exciting gathering. We were pleased to be able to expose our visiting alumni to the new professional tools we have developed for their work as pastoral counselors.”


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