Sept 13 – 15, 2015
Rosh Hashanah Retreat – 5776
with Rabbis Phyllis Berman, Jeff Roth, Arthur Waskow
at Pendle Hill – near Philadelphia, PA
Join us for a joyous and transformative entry into the new Jewish year, 5776. Rabbis Phyllis, Jeff and Arthur will guide you through the amazing teachings, Torah and liturgy of Rosh Hashanah.
This retreat will help you to make a deep personal connection to the transformative work of the days of Awe. Celebrating the turning of the seasons, we remind ourselves of the power of returning to the depths of who and what we are as human beings as we explore our own lives in this season.
One of the deepest teachings of the day is “HaYom Harat Olam — Today a World is Born.” There are three deep meanings of that teaching that we will explore:
- That new world can be within our selves. Can we give birth to a new, more whole, self? One in which our ideas, our emotions, our spiritual yearnings, and our actions are more in sync?
- That teaching has traditionally been understood to mean that Rosh HaShana is the birthday of the world, or the birthday of the human race. In a moment when the future of the web of life of Mother Earth is in deadly danger, what does it mean for us to act like midwives, giving a new birth to the interwoven Breath of Life?
- And the Hebrew word “Olam, world, space-time” is connected with the word for Mystery. Can we in these Awesome, Awe-inspiring Days give birth to a new sense of Mystery as we face the world? A new openness to radical amazement, a sense that beneath our knowledge and our ignorance is Mystery?
This process of returning, called teshuvah, allows us to begin taking stock of where we have been in the past year, where we are now and where we intend to go. The power of doing this work in sacred community gives us a jump-start in the process and the celebratory power fuels the entire ten days of returning.
Costs for the program:
RETREAT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Registration for the retreat can be made at www.awakenedheartproject.org.
Some financial aid is available. Requests for financial aid should be made to Rabbi Roth at (email@example.com) jeff (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org.
The costs of this meditation retreat include only room and board. The teachings are presented without added fees to support the teaching staff. Participants are welcome to make a voluntary contribution to support the teachers.
Some financial aid is available. Requests for financial aid should be made to Rabbi Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Phyllis Berman is the founder (1979) and Director of the Riverside Language Program — a unique and renowned intensive school (located in New York City) for teaching English language and American culture to newly arrived immigrants and refugees from all around the world. Berman has also, since the early 1980s, been a leading Jewish-renewal liturgist, prayer leader, storywriter, and storyteller. From 1994 to 2005, Berman was Director of the Summer Program of the Elat Chayyim Center for Healing and Renewal.
She was chair of the board of the P’nai Or Religious Fellowship from 1985 to 1993, and a member of the board of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal from 1993 to 2002.
Rabbi Jeff Roth is the founder and Director of The Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. He was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim where he served as Executive Director and Spiritual Director for 13 years. He is the co-leader of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training program and has facilitated of over 140 Jewish meditation retreats. He is the author of, Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life, from Jewish lights Publishing.
Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow has been one of the creators and leaders of Jewish renewal, of Eco-Judaism, and of several important interfaith projects addressing issues of peace, justice, and healing of the earth since 1969. He founded The Shalom Center in 1983 and has been its director since then.
Waskow’s books (Freedom Seder, Seasons of Our Joy, Godwrestling, Godwrestling — Round 2 , and Down-to-Earth Judaism) and those he and his wife Rabbi Phyllis Berman co-authored (Tales of Tikkun, The Tent of Abraham, A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven, and Freedom Journeys: Tales of Exodus & Wilderness Across Millennia) have brought new spiritual and political depth into Jewish life and multi-religious action.