Wellsprings of Prayer: Finding Resources to Support your Own Spiritual Journey

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Fall Semester: Exploring the Centuries of Traditional and Creative Pathways to God
Wednesdays, 12:30 to 2:00 pm
Queens Campus for Rabbi Judy’s Sessions
Zoom for Guest Scholars
September 14 through November 16 (no class on October 5 and November 9)

One need not be left to face the hard moments of life without spiritual resources. This community course will explore ancient and creative words that offer strength in the face of life’s storms and expand one’s sense of gratitude in the midst of their daily routine. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their educational experience by crafting their own personal prayer books. This course will be offered in person with a hybrid option and recording for those who are traveling. Guest scholars will be incorporated into the program.

Our core text will be Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer is Difficult and What to Do about It by Mike Comins.  The author will join us for a session in the fall and spring.

Wellsprings of Prayer: Finding Resources to Support your Own Spiritual Journey
Fall Semester: Exploring the Centuries of Traditional and Creative Pathways to God
Wednesdays, 12:30 to 2:00 pm
Queens Campus for Rabbi Judy’s Sessions
Zoom for Guest Scholars (Sessions 2, 5, 7)

September 14 through November 16 (no class on October 5th and November 2nd)

One need not be left to face the hard moments of life without spiritual resources. This community course will explore ancient and creative words that offer strength in the face of life’s storms and expand one’s sense of gratitude in the midst of their daily routine. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their educational experience by crafting their own personal prayer books. This course will be offered in person with a zoom link and recording for those who are traveling. Guest scholars will be incorporated into the program.

Our core text will be Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer is Difficult and What to Do about It by Mike Comins.  The author will join us for a session in the fall and spring.

Session 1 – The World Of Jewish Prayer 

September 14, 2022

From Heschel to Reb Nachman of Braslov, from feminist liturgy to Chasidic masters, prayer is meant to be offered with intention. What are the roots of Jewish prayer? What is the role of community in prayer? What is the place of fixed prayer versus spontaneous prayer?

Session 2 – Prayer as a Practice: The Why and How of Learning Prayer

September 21, 2022

Guest Presenter: Rabbi Mike Comins

Rabbi Mike Comins is author of Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer is Difficult and What to Do about it (Jewish Lights) and the Making Prayer Real Course hosted by the College Commons. He is also founder of the TorahTrek Center for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality and author of A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into the Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism (Jewish Lights). A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of UCLA, Rabbi Comins made aliyah and lived in Israel for fifteen years. He studies classical Jewish texts at the Pardes Institute, earned his MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University and was ordained in the Israeli rabbinical program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Session 3 – When I Awake: Gratitude, Morning Reflections on the Body, Mind and Soul 

September 28, 2022

Session 4 – The Shema, Hearing God, and Our Unfolding Relationship (Creation, Revelation and Redemption)

October 12, 2022

Session 5 – Petitions What We Need & What the World Needs

October 19, 2022 

Guest presenter

Session 6 – The Evolving Meanings of Chosenness and Tikkun Olam

October 26, 2022

Session 7 – Kaddish and The Journey Through Grief

November 2, 2022

Guest presenter Rabbi Anne Brener

Rabbi Anne Brener, LCSW, is Professor of Ritual and Human Development at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. She is a Psychotherapist and Author, specializing in grief and healing, who assists institutions in creating caring communities., and has contributed to many other publications. Her acclaimed book, Mourning & Mitzvah, is now being translated into Spanish and sections of the book have been translated into several African dialects for AIDS hospice workers on that continent. Rabbi Brener was a Bereavement Chaplain for Skirball Hospice and is a founding faculty member of Yedidya’s Morei Derekh- Jewish Spiritual Direction Program. She serves on the steering committees of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Medicine and the Southern California Jewish Burial Society.

Week VIII – The Sabbath – An Island In Time 

November 16, 2022

The fee for the fall semester is $275/semester. Financial assistance is available. To register click here or contact Talia Goldman, Goldmant@queens.edu.

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