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Contemplative Sufi-Jewish Retreat

Contemplative Sufi-Jewish Retreat

with Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks, Prof. Dr. M Ibrahim H. Baha’uddin Chishti,
 and Dr. Zvi Bellin

Angelica Center, Santa Rosa
May 11-13, 2012

Join a unique experiential weekend where two spiritually rich cultures collide to increase the qualities of wholeness and awareness in your life. The mystical expressions of Sufism and Judaism have a long-standing tradition of co-mingling – inspiring in each other ecstatic and subtle practices that honor every person’s connection with the Divine.  Our weekend will include an array of practices from both traditions, expertly guided to form a holy community where each member will have the opportunity to deepen their connection to themselves and the world around them. We will hold friendly silence throughout the retreat, promoting inner-stillness by refraining from idle chatter. There will be singing, chanting, and ample opportunity to ask questions. 

Our weekend will include:

Inner Awakening with Breath and Body Awareness
Dhikr: Sufi Ceremony of Divine Remembrance
Contemplative Ecstatic Prayer for Shabbat
Mysticism of the Arabic Letter Alif
Four Worlds Torah Study
Five Nourishing Meals


Retreat Accommodations:

Our retreat will be held at the Angela Center (www.angela center.com) located at 535 Angela Drive, Santa Rosa, CA  95403. It is a beautiful retreat space, located about 1-hour north of the Bay Area, which focuses on “Integrating: spirituality, psychology, social responsibility and the arts.” Double and single rooms are available all with shared baths. The Angela Center is a nurturing setting for deep practice.

Payment Information:

 In order to make the retreat affordable, participants are only required to pay the fee of room and board. This cost is $230 per person for a double room and $275 for a single room. At the completion of the retreat, participants will be asked to donate to the teachers. The total cost of the retreat includes two nights lodging in hotel style rooms (Double and Singles available) with hall baths, five delicious meals, a complete weekend workshop series.

Registration Information: 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS RETREAT IS LIMITED TO 30 PARTICIPANTS. Please email zvilove@gmail.com to receive your registration form and payment information

Questions?:

Please email zvilove@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Tentative Schedule:

FRIDAY, May 11th

Arrival and Check In – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Welcome and Entering into Shabbat (Candle lighting) – 5:00 – 6:30p.m.

Shabbat Dinner – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Mysticism of the Arabic Letter Alif  – 7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Inner Awakening with Breath and Body Awareness – 9 p.m. – 10p.m.

Sweet dreams!

SATURDAY, May 12th  

Morning Attunement (meditation and movement) – 7:15 – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast – 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Naqshbandi 11 Principles – 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Contemplative Ecstatic Prayer for Shabbat – 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Shabbat Lunch – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Discussing the Ineffable Names of G-d in Sufism and Judaism – 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Shabbas Menuhah/Rest (Snacks available) – 2:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Shabbat Mincha Practice – 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Third Meal/Dinner – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Mysticism and Meditation – 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Dhikr: Sufi Ceremony of Divine Remembrance – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Sweet Soul Music with Captain Zohar (Havdalah) – 9:15 and on –(Shabbat ends 8:55pm)

Sweet Dreams!

SUNDAY, May 13th  

Morning Attunement – 7:15 – 8:00 a.m.

(Talking) Breakfast – 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Contemplative Shacharit with Ecstatic Chant –  9:00 – 10:30am

Transitioning back to the “Real World” – 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Snacks available at 11:15am

SAFE TRAVELS AND MANY BLESSINGS!

Retreat Facilitators:

Inspired by Martin Buber’s writings, Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks began a quest for finding the inner Truth of Judaism, beyond tradition. Finding That Truth ironically led him back to tradition. He is an ordained (s’micha) meditation teacher through Chochmat HaLev. Brian Yosef currently serves as the Music Director of Chochmat HaLev where he teachers meditation classes and leads prayer services. His band, Captain Zohar, plays original Jewish devotional and concert music. He lives in Oakland with wife Lisa and their two children, to whom he owes constant gratitude for keeping him far from cheap, egocentric substitutes for G-d.

 

 

 Prof. Dr. M. Ibrahim H. Baha’uddin Chishti is Provost  and Acting President of the Starr King School of the Graduate  Theological Union where he is also Senior Research Analyst in  the Centre of Islamic Studies of which he was one of the  founders.  He serves as a consultant for students studying  Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish issues at the GTU Centre for  Jewish Studies and.  He developed the Andalusia Project for the Starr King School, whereby Jewish, Christian, Unitarian Universalist, Muslim students and others study their interconnected histories and traditions together. He is also a spiritual teacher and guide (Pir/Shaykh) in the Ajmeri Chishti tradition and has spiritual students worldwide. A faculty member at ALEPH Kallah 2011, he is a member of Chochmat haLev and serves on the Chevra Kadisha.  He loves to laugh….

 

Dr. Zvi Bellin holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and is a licensed therapist in Maryland and DC. Zvi directs intimate retreats for the Jewish community that are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating.  His teaching style follows the tradition of blending Torah study with contemplative Jewish practice. Zvi has studied extensively with teachers spanning various Jewish denominations, including, Rabbi David Zeller, Miriam Ribner, Rabbi Zvi Miller, and Rabbi Jeff Roth. Learn more about Zvi and his research on personal meaning on his blog www.meaningthroughbeing,com .

COUNSELING SPIRITUALITY & SEXUALITY ISSUES

Tell All Perspectives Presents:

 

COUNSELING SPIRITUALITY & SEXUALITY ISSUES

A Conversation with Dr. Zvi Bellin

 

Tuesday, November 29th at 5pm

The Wright Institute
2728 Durant Avenue in Berkeley
Room 109

 

Dr. Zvi Bellin earned a PhD in Pastoral Counseling and Counselor Education from Loyola University in Maryland and an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from New York University. He has worked as a therapist in a number of mental health settings, and has interned as a Psychiatric Chaplain. Zvi’s most recent interests include exploring the raw experience of meaning in life, and the integration of personal spirituality into a practice of holistic well-being. He directs retreats across the country offering Jewish practice with a contemplative twist, and through Nehirim, he serves the GLBT Jewish community. Zvi is the Director of Jewish Education for Moishe House, an international organization that builds dynamic Jewish community for young Jewish adults. This Spring he will be a Visiting Professor at Fordham University, teaching counseling courses in their Graduate School for Religion and Religious Studies.


GLBTQ Winter Mussar Group

 

Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality
PRESENTS:

GLBTQ Distance Learning Mussar Group
Winter 2011

Facilitated by Becky Emet and Zvi Bellin

 

Engage in an intimate community experience that fosters personal growth on your life path.

Mussar is a tradition of engaging in Jewish learning that helps us to learn who we are and where we are going within the scope of our interpersonal relationships. Our Mussar group will explore and practice specific qualities, such as Equanimity and Patience, that are part of our Divine core. We will meet via conference call every other week to check-in and track our progress through the Mussar qualities (Midot). In addition to the full community call, participants will be paired into hevrutah buddies to learn together via specified guiding questions or activities that relate to the our ongoing process. We will use group and partner discussion, text study, journaling, and other creative methods to help us become more compassionate, effective, and authentic on our life path. No prior knowledge of Mussar or other Jewish learning is required. For a sneak peak of what we will be working on and to learn more about Mussar please feel free to check out: http://mussarleadership.org/middot.html .


Who can register?

This study group is open to GLBTQ people who are interested in Judaism as a spiritual path. This group is limited to only 12 participants.

How to register?

Interested participants should contact zvilove@gmail.com in order to receive a short registration form. Registration forms are due on November 1, 2011.

Program Costs

The complete tele-midrash program cost is based on a sliding scale fee between $165 – $265 per participant. This cost includes participation in 10 tele-midrash community calls over a 4-month period and a 1-hour private phone session with one of the tele-midrash facilitators. Additional individual sessions can be scheduled at a rate of $50 per hour.


Program Dates (subject to change)

Calls will be held bimonthly on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:15pm PST and 9:00 to 10:15pm EST beginning on November 9th. Subsequent dates are: 11/16, 11/30, 12/14, 12/28, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, and 2/29. Please ensure availability prior to registration.

Facilitator Bios

Dr. Zvi Bellin holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and is a licensed therapist in Maryland and DC. Through his work with Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, Zvi has directed intimate retreats for the GLBTQ Jewish community that are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating.  His teaching style follows the tradition of blending Torah study with contemplative Jewish practice. Zvi has studied extensively with teachers spanning various Jewish denominations, including, Rabbi David Zeller, Miriam Ribner, Rabbi Zvi Miller, and Rabbi Jeff Roth.

Becky Emet is a former psychotherapist who went back to school for an MBA so she can help nonprofits change the world. Her first true love, of course, is Judaism. A long time leader in the queer Jewish women’s community,  Becky is passionate about building welcoming, affirming LGBTQ Jewish community and about inspiring those around her to get involved in the process of co-creation. She served as the co-director of multiple Nehirim retreats and is best known for her heart-centered workshops and warm presence. Becky’s greatest hope for this group is that it inspires each person to feel more fully engaged in their spiritual life and more deeply connected to our rich LGBTQ Jewish community.

Fall 2011 Contemplative Shabbat Retreat

Contemplative Shabbat Retreat

with Rabbi Jacob Staub and Dr. Zvi Bellin

Pealstone Retreat Center, Baltimore, Maryland

November 4 – 6

***EARLY BIRD PRICE OF $159 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1ST***

Have you ever wondered how you can bring more relaxation, joy, and personal fulfillment into your life? Without having to be a Buddhist or a Yogi! Meditation and awareness practices are for Jews, too, and can support an authentic Jewish practice. Rabbi Jacob and Zvi will be facilitating a full Shabbat experience at Pearlstone Retreat Center near Baltimore, MD. You will learn valuable practices for your well-being and spiritual toolbox that will allow you to decrease stress, enhance body-heart-mind flexibility, and live more authentically.   There will be instruction in Jewish-inspired meditation and Yoga, contemplative prayer services and delicious Kosher Shabbat meals, individual psycho-spiritual counseling and exploration of other research- informed awareness practices. The weekend will be held in gentle silence to allow retreatants to enter into a deep inner space of personal awareness. (If you just thought, “I could never do that,” then this Shabbat is especially for you.)

Is this for me?: This retreat program is geared towards Jewish and Jewish-interested people of all ages. No prior meditation experience needed; no familiarity with traditional Jewish practice. You should come with a curiosity to learn more about yourself through Jewish practice with a contemplative emphasis.

About the Tefilah Services (Prayer): The prayer services at this retreat will follow the elemental flow of traditional services, though the liturgy will not be fully traditional nor completely read. Each service will be crafted to add to the experience of the weekend — a deepening inward for greater personal awareness. Thus, the services will include ample silence, chanting, verbal kavvanot (guided intentions), and contemplation of individual lines and verses. It will be intended that, should individuals choose to do so, they can pray the full liturgy to themselves as they sit in the room with the whole minyan. The Torah service will include three Aliyot, in which whoever would like can come up for a group blessing. If you have specific questions about the services please email: zvilove@gmail.com .

Program Cost: ***EARLY BIRD PRICE OF $159 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1ST*** In order to make the retreat affordable, participants are only required to pay the fee of room and board. This cost is $189 per person. At the completion of the retreat, participants will be asked to donate to the teachers. The cost of the retreat includes two nights lodging in hotel style rooms with private baths (three people per room), five delicious kosher meals, a complete weekend workshop series including meditation, contemplative services, and Yoga instruction, and an individual psycho-spiritual session with Rabbi Jacob Staub or Dr. Zvi Bellin.

Registration Information and Location: REGISTRATION FOR THIS RETREAT IS LIMITED TO 30 PARTICIPANTS. Please email zvilove@gmail.com to receive your registration form. Payment information will be given at this time. The retreat will be held just outside of Baltimore, MD at the Pearlstone Retreat Center (www.pearlstonecenter.org) 5425 Mount Gilead Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136-4110, (410) 429-4400

LAST YEAR’S SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, Nov 4th

Arrival and Check In (Snacks available) – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Prepare for Shabbat – 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Candle lighting and the Logistics of Silence – 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Shabbat Dinner – 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.

Stories, Chanting, and D’var Torah – 8:45 – 10:00 p.m. (Lailah Tov)

SATURDAY, Nov 5th

Early Morning Sit – 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Gentle Yoga – 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Contemplative Shacharit and Torah Service – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Shabbat Lunch – 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Practice – 12:45 – 3:30 p.m. (Sitting and Movement Meditation, Q and A period)

Shabbas Menuhah/Rest (Snacks available) – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Individual Sessions)

Shabbat Mincha Practice – 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Third Meal/Dinner – 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.

Ma’ariv and Havdalah – 6:30 – 7:00pm

Evening Practice – 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. (Sitting Meditation, Dynamic Breath Meditation)

Night Program – 8:45 p.m. (Yoga practice and Special Topic Talk: “Hen, Hesed, Ve-Rahamim: Cultivating Self Compassion, Receiving Divine Compassion”)

SUNDAY, Nov 6th

Early Morning Sit – 6:00 – 7:00 a.m.

Flow Yoga – 7:00 – 8:15am

Breakfast – 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. (Individual Sessions)

Contemplative Shacharit – 9:00 – 10:30am

Transitioning back to the “Real World” – 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

SAFE TRAVELS AND MANY BLESSINGS!

FACILITATOR BIO:

Rabbi Jacob Staub is Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Spirituality at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he teaches Jewish Meditation and Jewish Contemplative Practice and where he directs the program in Jewish Spiritual Direction.  He has studied and practiced Jewish Mindfulness with his mentor, Dr. Sylvia Boorstein, and with Rabbis Sheila Weinberg and Jeff Roth.  He is the co-author of Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach and has written extensively on Jewish belief and practice.

Dr. Zvi Bellin holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and is a licensed therapist in Maryland and DC. Zvi directs intimate retreats for the Jewish community that are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating.  His teaching style follows the tradition of blending Torah study with contemplative Jewish practice. Zvi has studied extensively with teachers spanning various Jewish denominations, including, Rabbi David Zeller, Miriam Ribner, Rabbi Zvi Miller, and Rabbi Jeff Roth.

Please contact zvilove@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

This program is endorsed by The Awakened Heart ProjectNehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, and the Moishe House.  We thank them.

JEWISH CONTEMPLATIVE DAY-LONG RETREAT

JEWISH CONTEMPLATIVE DAY-LONG RETREAT

with Rabbi Carol Caine & Dr. Zvi Bellin

Experience a comprehensive journey framed in the Jewish tradition to bring more joy, relaxation and fulfillment into your life. During this day-long workshop, we will engage in a carefully composed sequence of activities designed to help you cultivate personal awareness and a sense of well-being. Our practices will include: silent meditation, Hebrew chanting, contemplative davenning, gentle movement and breath-work. During the day we will refrain from casual conversation as a way to deepen our practice. Please join us as we discover the profound gifts the Jewish tradition offers to help us nurture ourselves and community. Please bring your own lunch for an eating meditation session.


When:
Sunday February 27, 2011, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley, CA

Register: Call the Chochmat office (510) 704-9687, or visit www.chochmat.org/at-chochmat.html .

Cost: We will follow a retreat payment model. There will be a nominal mandatory fee to cover administrative costs due upon registration ($20 members/ $28 non-members). At the close of the day participants will be asked to contribute a donation to the teachers within their means of giving.Please bring cash or a blank check with you to fill out at the close of our day.

Questions?: Email zvilove@gmail.com .


Rabbi Carol Caine
graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and received the private smicha of Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi. She serves as high holiday rabbi, service leader, instructor and ritual facilitator for a wide variety of congregations and individuals, including leading a monthly meditation minyan at Congregation Netivot Shalom. A former attorney with over fifteen years experience teaching Jewish chant and meditation, Rabbi Carol integrates a keen intellect with a heart of devotion. She has studied extensively with some of the luminaries of Jewish meditation, including Rabbi Shefa Gold, Rabbi David & Shoshanna Cooper, and Sylvia Boorstein.

Dr. Zvi Bellin holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and is a nationally certified counselor. Zvi directs intimate retreats for the Jewish community that are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating.  His teaching style follows the tradition of blending Torah study with contemplative Jewish practice. Zvi has studied extensively with teachers spanning various Jewish denominations, including Rabbi David Zeller, Miriam Ribner, Rabbi Zvi Miller, and Rabbi Jeff Roth

A Jewish Path to Meaning

Tuesday Evenings in February 2011.
2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 @ Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco
7:00 – 8:30 pm, Registration in advance required for discounted price.

The objective of this class is to explore how  the integration of Jewish-infused practices of awareness can enhance a sustainable sense of personal meaning.  Participants will learn to nurture and expand their Jewish life with body-oriented practices of awareness. They will learn the power of breath as a tool to bring in energy and to relax. They will learn the connection between the breath and the Jewish concept of soul. Participants will practice acceptance of their bodies’ gifts and limitations as the perception of body is transformed into a divine vessel.

Course Outline: The course will be taught in four 1.5-hour weekly sessions at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. Each session will include a variety of contemplative practices, discussion, and possibly text study. The four sessions will focus on the following topics:

  1. Beginning with breath – Neshama, Neshima
  2. Praying with your body – V’Shachanti B’tocham
  3. Holistic acceptance – Hineni!
  4. Sustaining practice – Hashvinu v’Nashuva

Course Fee: Drop-in rate is $42 per class. If you pre-register for the whole series the cost is only $150 total. Fee payable in advance to Congregation Sha’ar Zahav.

RSVP by calling 415-861-6932 or emailing  Regina@shaarzahav.org

Course Facilitator: Dr. Zvi Bellin holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Through his work with Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, Zvi has directed intimate retreats for the GLBTQ Jewish community that are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating.  His teaching style follows the tradition of blending Torah study with contemplative Jewish practice. Zvi has studied extensively with teachers spanning various Jewish denominations, including, Rabbi David Zeller, Miriam Ribner, Rabbi Zvi Miller, and Rabbi Jeff Roth. For more information visit www.meaningthroughbeing.com .

Stretch, Kvetch, and Breathe

Date: Saturday – January 15th, 2011
Time: 1 – 3pm
Location: Congregation Sha’ar Zahav (290 Dolores Street, San Francisco)

Come spend Shabbat afternoon with your supportive community. Learn some simple stretches to loosen up – heart, mind and soul. We will practice deep listening skills and get a chance to check- in about our life journey. We will give each other the gift of being heard. Lastly, we will experience the power of breath integration and control. This group will focus on creating a safe container for intimate sharing and expression.

Facilitator bioDr. Zvi Bellin holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Zvi has directed intimate retreats and workshops for the Jewish community which are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating.  Zvi’s teaching style follows the tradition of blending Torah study with contemplative Jewish practice. Zvi has studied extensively with teachers spanning various Jewish denominations, including, Rabbi David Zeller, Miriam Ribner, Rabbi Zvi Miller, and Rabbi Jeff Roth. For more information please visit www.meaningthroughbeing.com .

Winter 2011 Queer Tele-Midrash

Queer Psycho-Spiritual Tele-Midrash

Engage in an intimate community experience that fosters personal growth on your life path. Encounter sacred Hebrew texts with depth and reflection to learn about yourself, your world, and your relationship with the Divine. This special tele-midrash will meet via conference call and Tokbox (free video chat) for 4 consecutive weeks in February. In addition to the full community call, participants will be paired into spirit buddies to learn together via specified guiding questions that relate to the texts. Participants will also be offered a one-on-one session with the tele-midrash facilitator to help tailor the program to their individual needs.

*This mini-semester will focus on Jewish Prayer. We will study certain prayers in-depth in order to understand their deeper meaning and personal relevance to our lives.

Who can register?

This study group is open to GLBTQ people who are interested in Judaism as a spiritual path. This group is limited to 8 participants.

How to register?

Interested participants should contact zvilove@gmail.com in order to receive a short registration form. Registration forms are due on January 21st, 2011.

Program Costs

This unique tele-midrash program costs $100 per participant. This cost includes participation in 4 tele-midrash community calls over a 1-month period and a 30 minute private phone session with the tele-midrash facilitator. Additional individual sessions can be scheduled at a rate of $50 per hour.

Program Dates

Calls will be held Wednesdays from 8:30 – 9:30pm EST beginning on February 2nd. Subsequent dates are: 2/9, 2/16, and 2/23

Tele-Midrash Facilitator Bio

Dr. Zvi Bellin holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and is a licensed therapist in Maryland and DC. Through his work with Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, Zvi has directed intimate retreats for the GLBTQ Jewish community that are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating. His teaching style follows the tradition of blending Torah study with contemplative Jewish practice. Zvi has studied extensively with teachers spanning various Jewish denominations, including, Rabbi David Zeller, Miriam Ribner, Rabbi Zvi Miller, and Rabbi Jeff Roth.

Tele-Midrash Participant Testimony
“I look forward to learning every week …. Many of the things I learn stay with me throughout the week. It has been fantastic for me to hear people’s interpretations of what we are learning at any particular time. I would love to have the opportunity to continue this studying.” – SG

Yoga Class in Oakland

Yoga for GLBTQ Jews and Allies beginning November 22nd @ 7pm

Kehilla Community Synagogue and Nehirim are excited to co-sponsor a holistic Yoga class for GLBTQ Jews and Allies. Why GLBTQ and Jewish Yoga you might ask? Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, confidence, and acceptance of who you are. It is ancient system of creating a more compassionate world, one person at a time. As GLBTQ people we challenge our communities to grow in openness and acceptance – and it is not always easy work. Yoga can be a great way to reconnect with yourself and your source of infinite power (a.k.a. the Breath of Life). Coming together as Jews can remind us that the value of creating a more compassionate world is an essential value that we all share.  This class is open to participants at any level. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or towel.

The course is offered at $10 per session and will be held monthly on the 4th Monday of every month from 7:00 – 8:30pm, beginning November 22nd.Each class will consist of 1-hour movement practice, 15 minute silent meditation, and 15 minutes checking in and schmoozing.

Location: 1300 Grand Ave Piedmont, CA 94610-1020 – (510) 547-2424

Facilitator Bio:
Dr. Zvi Bellin holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and Counselor Education. Through his work with Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, Zvi has directed intimate retreats for the GLBTQ Jewish community that are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating. He has practiced Yoga for 10 years and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance. Zvi’s classes are fun and nurturing, offering an alignment based approach to Yoga layered with inspirational metaphors.

Embodied Judaism

Embodied Judaism

Wednesdays, October 27, November 3, 10, 17

@ Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco

11:00 – 12:00 pm, Registration in advance required.

The objective of this class is to explore the integration of body-oriented practices of awareness and the Jewish tradition.  Participants will learn to enhance and infuse their Jewish life with body-oriented practices of awareness. They will learn the power of breath as a tool to bring in energy and to relax. They will learn the connection between the breath and the Jewish concept of soul. Participants will practice acceptance of their bodies’ gifts and limitations as the perception of body is transformed into a divine vessel. Participants will learn postures to stretch and strengthen their bodies and to settle their minds.

Course Outline: The course will be taught in four 1-hour weekly sessions at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. Each session will include movement, discussion, and possibly text study. The four sessions will focus on the following topics:

  1. Beginning with breath – Neshama, Neshima
  2. Praying with your body – V’Shachanti B’tocham
  3. Holistic acceptance – Hineni!
  4. Sustaining practice – Hashvinu v’Nashuva

Course Fee: The total cost is $100 per participant. Participants have to take part in the total series. This helps to create a safe container and allows each session to build on the previous. Fee payable in advance to Congregation Sha’ar Zahav.

RSVP by calling 415-861-6932 or emailing  Regina@shaarzahav.org

Course Facilitator: Dr. Zvi Bellin holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Through his work with Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, Zvi has directed intimate retreats for the GLBTQ Jewish community that are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating.  His teaching style follows the tradition of blending Torah study with contemplative Jewish practice. Zvi has studied extensively with teachers spanning various Jewish denominations, including, Rabbi David Zeller, Miriam Ribner, Rabbi Zvi Miller, and Rabbi Jeff Roth. For more information visit www.meaningthroughbeing.com .