Queer PsychoSpiritual Tele-Midrash
Fall 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 August 16, 2010.
The complete tele-midrash program cost is based on a sliding scale fee between $150 – $250 per participant. This cost includes participation in 9 tele-midrash community calls over a 4-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 EST beginning on September 1st. Subsequent dates are: 9/15, 9/28*, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, and 12/22. (*Tuesday evening)
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.
Tele-Midrash Participant Testimony
“I look forward to learning every week …. Many of the things I learn stay with me throughout the week. It has been fantastic for me to hear people’s interpretations of what we are learning at any particular time. I would love to have the opportunity to continue this studying.” – SG