Clergy Leadership Program

Cohort 4 Application

Apply now to join the fourth cohort of the Clergy Leadership Program!

If you are a rabbi or cantor, you are eligible to participate in this immersive, retreat-based program to deepen your spiritual life and the spiritual lives of the people in your community.

Program Information

The Clergy Leadership Program is a retreat-based program of study and practice. Participants live and learn together for four retreats lasting five days each over the course of eighteen months. Retreats combine prayer, meditation, text study, yoga, group discussion, singing as spiritual practice, and one-on-one guidance with faculty members.

The period between retreats is an essential part of the program. Participants continue to learn and grow through sustained practice of mindfulness meditation or yoga, a guided program of weekly chevruta study, and regular contact with faculty.


CLP faculty members include Rabbis Myriam Klotz, and Jonathan Slater, and Cantors Richard Cohn and Elizabeth Shammash. They are teachers and practitioners of hasidic, kabbalistic and modern Jewish texts, music, Jewish meditation, spiritual direction, yoga and psycho-spiritual growth. Additional faculty may be added to individual retreats.

Dates, Location, and Cost

Winter retreats will take place at the Brandeis-Bardin campus of the American Jewish University in Simi Valley, CA. Summer retreats will be held at Pearlstone Retreat Center in Reisterstown, MD. Food will be kosher.

Retreats will begin on Sunday evening and conclude on Friday morning (with an option to leave on Thursday night).

Retreat Dates

  • January 12-17, 2020
  • January 10-15, 2021
  • July 12-17, 2020
  • July 11-16, 2021

Tuition and Fees

  • Level 1: $4,300
  • Level 2: $3,800
  • Level 3: $3,400

Participants commit to a single tuition level for the full extent of the program. Tuition will be split into four equal payments: first payment upon commitment to the program, and subsequent payments with the last three retreat registrations.

  • Double Room: $900
  • Single Room: $1125


This program has an application fee of $120.

Prior to attending the first retreat, all participants are required to complete the IJS 8-week course, The Gift of Awareness, which provides instruction in the fundamentals of Jewish mindfulness meditation. Access to the course will be granted upon payment of the application fee, regardless of whether or not one is accepted into the program.

All applications must be received by June 30, 2019.

For more information, contact Rabbi Jonathan Slater at 212-913-9198 or, or click below to see the full course brochure.