Elat Chayyim Shabbat
Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23, 2013
Enjoy Shabbat in a community dedicated to renewing Jewish spirituality through joyous celebration, deep learning, embodied spirituality, contemplative practice allstream davening, and creative exploration of Jewish practice.
Great Debates for the Sake of Heaven with Rabbi Naftali Citron
Defining our Heritage, through the lens of some of the most important debates, that influenced Jewish thought and practice
Lecture 1: Maimonides and Nachmanides
Rationalist vs. Mystic, or just two of the greatest minds setting up a thousand year argument?
Lecture 2: The Bal Shem Tov and the Vilna Gaon
Where is G-d? as argued by The Alter Rebbe of Chabbad and Rabbi Chaim of Volozin
How the Kabbalah interacts with Talmud, Halacha, Jewish Philosophy, and Medrash with Rabbi Naftali Citron
Natural Intelligence: A Wholistic Reading of the Song of Songs
The Song of Songs is a profound land-centered work but most people are unaware of the ecological dimensions of the text. In this session we will be reading the Song of Songs and exploring the wisdom it brings to bear on our ecological age.
Open your heart to Shabbat, Friday afternoon
Shabbat offers us a weekly opportunity to move into a heightened state of consciousness where the veil between ourselves and the divine becomes thinner. What better way to prepare to welcome the Shechinah more fully into our awareness than by opening our hearts through the practice of yoga? In this practice we will start with a gentle backbending practice, followed by a Shabbat-prep meditation. All levels welcome including beginners; props and modifications available for every body!
Embodying Shabbat, Saturday morning
Embodiment is the gift of the divine, allowing us experience God's grace within us, as us. When we practice yoga we celebrate the blessing of having a body. In this practice instead of focusing on one particular body part, we will move through connected and flowing series' of poses designed to awaken the entire body, enabling us to feel this blessing moving through our body and breath. All levels welcome including beginners, but best suited for those who can move relatively easily.
Menuchah Yoga, Saturday afternoon
Shabbat afternoon is a deeply mystical time. Through praying, eating, and rest we have prepared ourselves for true menucha (rest, rejuvenation) to take hold of us. In this practice we will focus on opening our back-bodies, where our God-consciousness resides, through forward bends and restorative poses. I know, a Shabbat nap is so tempting, but that just covers rest. For rest AND rejuvenation join me for a deeply relaxing yoga practice. (I promise an extra long savasana!) All levels welcome, including beginners.
Transitioning with Grace, Sunday morning
We've spent a beautiful Shabbat together, free from the outside distractions of daily life, but now we have to return to our day-to-day routines and to-do lists. Through mindful intention-setting we will take the beauty of Isabella Freedman and the peace we feel here with us wherever we are headed. This practice will incorporate twisting poses designed to energize us for our journey and the week ahead. We will set intentions for moving back into the world with ease and grace. All levels welcome, including beginners.
Five Labs, One Community.
Elat Chayyim Shabbat is the culmination of Elat Chayyim Living Laboratory—a week of five labs featuring different teachers. You're invited to join us just for Shabbat or for the whole week.*
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*Shabbat prices are reduced when you participate in one of the June 17 -21 labs.
Rabbi Naftali Citron is the rabbi of The Carlebach Shul, a center for thousands of people worldwide where he continues the Carlebach tradition of deep Torah learning combined with psychological insights. Rabbi Citron was ordained by the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn and has had the privilege of studying Talmud and Jewish Mysticism with some of the greatest teachers of the late 20th century. With expertise in Kabbalah and Chassidut, he has a unique ability to make complex mystical concepts relevant to our lives today. Reb Naftali's approach to Judaism is infused with a joyful spirituality in the service of G-d inspired by the legacy of his late grandfather, Reb Eli Chaim Carlebach, z”l, and his late great-uncle, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, z”l.
Rabbi Jeff Roth is the founder and Director of The Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. He was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim where he served as Executive Director and Spiritual Director for 13 years. He is the co-leader of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training program and has facilitated of over 90 Jewish meditation retreats. He is the author of Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life, Jewish lights Publishing.
Ellen Bernstein is a rabbi, life-coach, and writer. Known as the "birth-mother of the Jewish environmental movement," Ellen founded Shomrei Adamah, the first national Jewish environmental organization (1988), authored the first curriculum in Judaism and Ecology, Let the Earth Teach You Torah, several of the first books on Judaism and Ecology including Ecology & the Jewish Spirit and The Splendor of Creation, and the first ecologically centered Tu B’shvat seder, A Celebration of Nature. She teaches widely on ecological and land-centered approaches to the Bible and Judaism, and is chair of the Jewish Environmental Fellowship, Adamah. Currently she is working on a land-centered commentary of the Song of Songs.
Rachel Dewan, E-RYT is a graduate of the Yoga and Jewish Spirituality Teacher Training and will be joining Myriam as a Yoga Teaching specialist. She leads Yoga Teacher Trainings, Prenatal Yoga Teacher Trainings, private sessions and classes in Yoga and Yoga Therapeutics, and a wide variety of workshops. She has studied primarily the Anusara style of yoga, but also has experience in vinyasa, Kundalini, and Iyengar. Rachel sought out yoga ten years ago to help cope with the physical aches and pains that are the gifts of a performing musician, and soon found a path of learning and lifelong practice that has, as she says "helped shape my life in all aspects, reminding me that when I open to the power of grace in every moment, I can choose the life I desire to live. It is my ultimate goal as a teacher to cultivate a sense of community in my classes, bring a sense of fullness and joy to my students by helping them to expand to their highest possible potential both on and off the mat, and help them to strengthen their connection to their own unique and divine nature."
Sarah Chandler serves as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon's Adamah Farm at Isabella Freedman. She is a Jewish experiential educator, community activist, and spiritual leader. She has her M.A. in Jewish Communal and Experiential Education and Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Sarah is a student of Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Institute, IJS's Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training, and serves on the Green Hevra Stewardship Committee.
Levi Welton is a Montessori-style youth program leader focusing on ages 5 - 12. Along with a Masters in Education, Levi brings over 10 years of experience working as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, and entertainer. The founder of the "Kosher Komedy Show," Levi performs for communities all across the Tri-State area.
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