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    The Beutel Seminar For Progressive Jewish Leadership
 

"Because Jewish Learning is the Key Component of Jewish Leadership"

February 5-15, 2015

The Seminar

The Beutel Seminar is a prestigious ten-day seminar in Jerusalem run by the Anita Saltz International Education Center. The seminar is housed in Mercaz Shimshon-Beit Shmuel, the headquarters of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. It overlooks the dramatic walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. The seminar offers: the opportunity to study ancient texts and history; discuss current political and social issues; explore spiritual pathways and concepts of Jewish leadership - all within a Progressive Jewish context. Participants must be recommended by their community (i.e., rabbi, Jewish professional and or local lay leader) for their dedication and commitment to their communities (past and future).

Price: $1000 (includes everything but a few meals, limited scholarships are available) plus airfare

For more information Contact the Saltz Education Center at saltz@wupj.org.il

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Participants
By meeting and studying with peers from around the world, seminar participants connect with Progressive Jewish communities worldwide, form powerful bonds with the State of Israel and strengthen their own leadership skills as well as Jewish knowledge.

Participants come from communities around the world: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States. 

Skills
The Beutel Seminar develops leadership skills, communication skills, Hebrew language skills, cultural diversity training and programmatic skills. The seminar enables participants to increase their knowledge about Israel as a Jewish state and its connection to Jewish history and Judaism. The seminar offers the ability to unlock Israel in a way that enables the participants to find a place for Israel in their own Jewish journeys.


Seminar Follow-Up
The purpose of the Beutel Seminar is to facilitate the active involvement of seminar graduates in the organized Progressive/Reform Jewish community, whether at the local, national or international level. After the seminar, participants return to their communities to take on an appropriate level of leadership responsibility either within their local Progressive Jewish community or within the national or international framework of the World Union.

 

Beutel Seminar for Progressive Lay-Leadership Itinerary

Day 1

Opening Session

Dinner at Beit Shmuel

Welcome program: Aims, Goals, Ice breakers and Group Work with Rabbi Steve Burnstein and Paul Liptz

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

 

Day 2

Breakfast

Tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein

Leadership in Crisis through the ages - walking Jerusalem with Alexandra Benjamin

Introduction to Kehilat Kol Haneshama

Kabbalat Shabbat with Kehilat Kol HaNeshama

Shabbat Dinner at Beit Shmuel

Oneg Shabbat – songs & stories with Rabbi Steve Burnstein

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

 

Day 3

Breakfast

Services at HUC or Synagogue of your choice

Lunch at Beit Shmuel

Leadership 1: Issues in our communities – learning from each other with Rabbi Steve Burnstein and Paul Liptz

Leadership Issues in Progressive Jewish Communities around the World,” and Havdalah with Paul Liptz and Rabbi Joel Oseran

Free evening & dinner on own

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

 

Day 3

Breakfast

Tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein

Leaders looking at Leadership & Dilemmas - an interactive session with Sally Klein- Katz (including lunch)

Leadership 2: Issues in our communities and workshop with Rabbi Steve Burnstein and Paul Liptz

Free evening and dinner on own

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

 

Day 4

Breakfast

Tfilot & Balancing innovation and continuity with Rabbi Steve Burnstein

Building the Reform Movement in Israel with Rabbi Gilad Kariv

Difficult Issues in Congregational Life with Rabbi Steve Burnstein & Paul Liptz

Lunch at Beit Shmuel

Tour of Mt. Herzl: The New Israel: Leadership and Transition with Paul Liptz

Leadership 3: Issues in our communities – learning from each other

Free evening & Dinner on own

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

 

Day 5

Breakfast

Tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein

Multiple Narratives and stories of Jerusalem 

Unpacking the day

Dinner at Beit Shmuel

Group Processing Session

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

 

Day 6

Breakfast

Tel Aviv Graffiti Tour with Shirel Horowitz

Visit to the IMPJ Mechina

Lunch in Cafateria of Rabin Museum

Study Tour of the Rabin Museum: Confronting Realities

Return to Jerusalem

Dinner on own and free evening

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

 

Day 7

Breakfast and vacate rooms

Travel to Rahat and Beer Sheva for seminar with AJEEC-NISPED

Lunch

Travel to Kibbutz Yahel

Rabbi Benjie Gruber – Progressive Judaism in the Arava

Dinner at Yahel

Kumzitz-Campfire (dress warmly)

Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel

 

Day 8

Breakfast         

Tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein

“Le’ovda u’leshomra” – “To till the Earth and to preserve it”: Ecological projects in Jewish perspective at Kibbutz Lotan

“Kehilat Kodesh in the Desert”: Bridging the gap between religiosity and religion at Kibbutz Lotan

Lunch in the Kibbutz dining hall

Visit Pomellos Grove at Yahel

Israeli Politics with Paul Liptz  

Kabbalat Shabbat services with Kibbutz Yahel

Dinner at Kibbutz Yahel

Oneg Shabbat run by participants        

Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel

 

Day 9

Breakfast

Tfilot led by participants

Lunch

Leadership Issues in our communities – learning from each other – run by participants

Havdalah

Dinner 

Summary program – social piece run by participants

Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel

 

Day 10

 Breakfast and vacate rooms

Tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein

Closing Session with Rabbi Steve Burnstein & Paul Liptz

10.00  Depart Kibbutz Yahel

12:30   Concluding lunch at Shvil Ha'izim

14.00   Return to Jerusalem

 

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