Spring/Summer 2010 Semester
Engage in an intimate community experience that fosters personal growth on your life path. Encounter sacred Hebrew texts with depth and reflection to learn about yourself, your world, and your relationship with the Divine. The tele-midrash will meet via conference call twice a month to review and discuss a pre-determined text. In addition to the full community call, participants will be paired into spirit buddies to learn together via specified guiding questions that relate to the texts. Participants will also be offered a one-on-one session with the tele-midrash facilitator to help tailor the program to their individual needs.
Who can register?
This study group is open to GLBTQ people who are interested in Judaism as a spiritual path. This group is limited to only 10 participants.
How to register?
Interested participants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive a short registration form. Registration forms are due on FEBRUARY 21, 2010.
The complete tele-midrash program cost is based on a sliding scale fee between $150 – $250 per participant. This cost includes participation in 10 tele-midrash community calls over a 5-month period and a 1-hour private phone session with the tele-midrash facilitator. Additional individual sessions can be scheduled at a rate of $50 per hour.
Program Dates (subject to change)
Calls will be held bimonthly on Wednesdays from 8 – 9:30pm beginning on March 10th. Subsequent dates are: 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/26, 6/9, 6/23, 7/7, and 7/14. Please ensure availability prior to registration.
Tele-Midrash Facilitator Bio
Dr. Zvi Bellin holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and is a licensed therapist in Maryland and DC. Through his work with Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, Zvi has directed intimate retreats for the GLBTQ Jewish community that are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating. His teaching style follows the tradition of blending Torah study with contemplative Jewish practice. Zvi has studied extensively with teachers spanning various Jewish denominations, including, Rabbi David Zeller, Miriam Ribner, Rabbi Zvi Miller, and Rabbi Jeff Roth.
“Dr. Zvi Bellin teaches an inspiring Torah that is a unique blend of traditional text study, contemplative practice, and humanistic psychology. He is a caring, engaging, down-to-earth teacher who brings light and life to Jewish hearts and souls.” – Rabbi Jacob Staub, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College