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Saturday, June 30 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
The New/Old Practice of Jewish Spiritual Direction

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Explore the quiet revolution of spiritual direction with an extraordinary panel of leaders in this new/old form of Jewish practice.  Unknown to most Jews, even though it is being offered in five rabbinical schools and there are three independent training programs, Jewish spiritual directors are active in many communities across the US and around the world. Spiritual direction (also called spiritual guidance) helps cultivate and shine a light on the holiness/God’s presence inherent in our lives - in the difficult, the joyful, and the everyday moments and provides support for the continued growth and development of your soul/spiritual life. Throughout Jewish history, mentors such as a mashpia or rebbe have provided a place to talk about and explore the spiritual life.  Come learn about this new/old model of spiritual companionship and start your weekend by (re)introducing your soul to the idea that soul care and growth is one of the primary joys and responsibilities of a Jew.

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Yesh Ballon

Yesh Ballon is Co-Director of the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction and the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction Training Program.  He is a Mashpia Ruchani (Spiritual Director) and Vatik (Sage-ing® Mentor), certified by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.  Yesh... Read More →
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Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores

Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores is a licensed marriage and family therapist and spiritual director/counselor, practicing in Santa Rosa, California.  She specializes in grief, loss and trauma.  She leads spiritual direction groups and teaches on issues of Jewish spirituality at synagogues... Read More →
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Wendie Bernstein Lash

Spiritual Director & Spiritual Entrepreneur
Wendie Bernstein Lash, M.S., is a spiritual director, meditation teacher and mentor, and the former Co-Director of the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction training program and the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction.  She leads a contemplative chanting service at Congregation... Read More →

Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm PDT
Darwin 102