“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

Yom Iyyun 2015 Materials

Materials from the 2015 Bay Area Yom Iyyun

Photo album

Framing the Issue and Morning Prayer Experience

Session Recording – Framing the Issue and Morning Prayer Experience

What Did You Notice?

What Did You Notice – Responses

Study and Discussion Groups

Handout – Maimonides on Prayer

Deepening the Study and Discussion – Rabbi Jonathan Slater

Session Recording – Deepening the Study and Discussion

Handout – Textual Sources on Prayer

HaMotzi Teaching – Norman Fischer

Session Recording – HaMotzi Teaching 

Handout – One Heart Grace

Birkat HaMazon Teaching – Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man

Session Recording – Birkah HaMazon Teaching

Workshop Sessions

Binding Body and Soul: Embodied Tefillin Practice – Rabbi Jonathan Slater and Rabbi Diane Elliot
   Binding Body and Soul

   Kavvanot and Blessings

Creative Prayer Through Dance and Movement
   Handout – Creative Prayer through Dance and Movement
Davenen: Ancient Words and Expressions of the Heart – Rabbi Sheldon Lewis
   Session Recording – Davenen

   Handout – Davenen

Davenology: A Four Worlds Model – Shir Yaakov Feit

   Session Recording – Davenology

Hitbodedut: Talking to God – Rabbi Nancy Flam

   Session Recording – Hitbodedut

Let Not Your Prayer Be “Static”: Innovation and Change in Prayer – Rabbi Yoel Kahn
   Session Recording – Innovation and Change in Prayer

   Handout – Innovation and Continuity in Texts

Meditation and Mystical Experience in Kabbalah – Daniel Matt, Ph.D.
   Session Recording (skip to 43:56) – Meditation and Mystical Experience in Kabbalah

   Handout – Meditation Pesukim

   Handout – Ner YKVK Nishmat Adam

   Handout – Meditation

Music Direction for Spiritual Communities – Shir Yaakov Feit

   Session Recording – Music Direction for Spiritual Communities

The “Nature” of Prayer – Rabbi Michael Comins
   Session Recording – The “Nature” of Prayer – Part 1

   Session Recording – The “Nature” of Prayer – Part 2

Pop Music From the Pulpit – Jhos Singer, Julie Batz, and Lisa Zeiler

   Session Recording – Pop Music from the Pulpit

Sabbath Prayers, Poems and Piyyutim: Awakening the Beloved – Rabbi Dr. Aubrey Glazer

   Recording: Sabbath Prayers, Poems and Piyyutim

Shlikhut Tzibur as a Spiritual Practice – Rabbi Zac Kamenetz

   Recording: Shlichut Tzibur

Teaching Prayer as a Practice: A Report from the Field – Rabbi Michael Comins

   Session Recording – Teaching Prayer as Practice: A Report from the Field


Workshop Descriptions

Schedule of the Day