The Saltz Center interweaves spiritual, intellectual and sensory experiences for a dynamic Jewish journey. Our curriculum takes a holistic, integrated learning approach guided by prayer / תפילה, text study / בית מדרש, field study / לימודים בשטח, the arts/ תרבות and leadership skills / הדרכה. A Saltz seminar energizes participants, who return to their homes both intellectually and spiritually renewed.
We explore the important connection between prayer and spirituality through traditional and innovative experiences. By orchestrating a wide variety of prayerful encounters, we help participants reflect upon the meaning of worship both in their communities and in their own personal lives.
A rabbinic parable asks, “Where is God?” The rabbis answer “God is looking through the windows of the Beit Midrash.” The Beit Midrash is a critical part of all Jewish learning where we encounter the text and each other through the process of chevrutah (by acquiring a study partner). This method reflects the Saltz philosophy that Judaism does not happen alone.
The Saltz Center combines the intensity of sacred text with the majesty of sacred space. Texts and ideas come alive in visits to sites in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel directly connected to the sources and subjects we explore. At Saltz we don’t just read about David’s ascension to Jerusalem with the Ark but study the text at the site where the event occurred.
One of the miracles of modern day Israel is its vibrant public Jewish culture. From theater to musical concerts to stand-up comedy, the Saltz Center uses this rich spectrum of artistic creativity to bridge the Israel of the Bible with the Israel of today.
At Saltz we help participants develop and realize their own leadership potential. Our goal is to construct and support a feeling of responsibility and a deep-rooted connection with Klal Yisrael (the Jewish people). We encourage participants, through hadracha (leadership skills) to journey inward, find their true voice, and return nourished to their communities.
We believe the best way to teach is through total immersion. Our intensive Saltz seminars, which operate throughout the year, can be adapted from one- to ten-days.
Our seminars are designed for FOUR distinct audiences: