“I have been able to find a stronger center in myself to which I can return so that I am not shaken by the daily ups and downs of congregational life.”

— Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Our Mission & Vision

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Mission:

 

We seek to transform Jewish life.

 

By helping clergy and leaders embrace contemplative practices such as Torah study, prayer, meditation, yoga and immersive retreats, we provide them with valuable skills for effective leadership while creating opportunities to deepen their spiritual lives and connect meaningfully with the Divine.

 

By strengthening our leaders and clergy in this way, we introduce communities and institutions to new forms of authentic Jewish practice, enrich everyday life with Jewish wisdom, link the search for inner wholeness with tikkun olam, and create a vibrant, enduring Judaism for the next generations.

 

Vision:

 

We see a vibrant, transformative Judaism that is rooted in tradition and attuned to contemporary sensibilities; is invigorated by practices integrating mind, body, heart and soul; inspires Jews to connect meaningfully with each other, with their communities, and with the Divine; and creates a more just and compassionate world.

 

Values and Beliefs – Our Guiding Principles:

 

Shiviti Adonai lenegdi tamid: I strive to cultivate an awareness of God in every moment.

We seek a spiritual practice that wakes us to God’s reality in all aspects of our lives (Melo Kol Ha’aretz Kevodo: The whole is full of God’s glory).

Tzelem Elohim: The Divine Image

We affirm and strive to reflect the divine and infinite potential in each human being.

Kehilla Kedosha: Holy Community

Creating and maintaining a safe, intentional community allows for deep listening to ourselves and to others, and opens us for healing, connection and insight.

Im eyn ani li mi li?: If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

Jewish leaders best serve and inspire their communities when they cultivate and refine their own spiritual lives–you can’t give what you don’t have.

La aleycha hamlachah ligmor: You do not have to finish the work, but neither are you free to desist from it

Spiritual growth is a life-long process that requires ongoing commitment, practice and guidance.

Tikkun HaNefesh and Tikkun Olam

We understand that our work to cultivate awareness leads inexorably to acts of kindness and justice.

Ki tavo chochmah b’libeycha, v’da’at l’nafsehcha yinam: For wisdom will enter your mind and knowledge will delight you

While we inherit a unique religious tradition, we are open to, benefit from, and integrate wisdom from other traditions.

Redeeming Sparks of Language

We are committed to helping people connect their traditional Jewish God, language, and ritual with their authentic inner experience in order to nurture and expand their sense of experiencing of God as Jews.

Mechadesh b’chol yom tamid ma’aseh beresheet: The world is constantly created anew

We believe in the power of Teshuva–the capacity of Jews and Judaism to change and grow and thereby be of greater service to themselves and to the world.