Grantee Work: Summer 2022


SHMITA IMMERSIVE: REST AS RESISTANCE: July 7th and July 14th | 4-6 PM ET | 3-5 PM CT | 1-3 PM PT. Taught by Rabbi Elliot KuklaIn, this immersive, we will learn about Shmita (literally “release”), the Biblical sabbath for the land, which is being observed this year. We will look at it as a liberatory spiritual practice that can help us heal as individuals, equalize economic power, strengthen loving relationships, and create a more sustainable ecological future. We will begin by discussing the racist and exploitative origins of the stigma surrounding the term “lazy.” Next, we will explore sources on rest and dreaming from Disability Justice activists, the most recent neuroscience on how sleep can heal trauma, and insights from contemporary rest activists like the Nap Bishop who sees rest as a pathway to challenging white supremacy. Finally, we will begin to uncover how to integrate rest into our own lives and spiritual practices..

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CENTERING TORAH IN JUSTICE: Spiritual Practice and Direct Action Integration leading up to Tisha B’Av and the Days of Awe. Wednesday, June 29, 2022 6:30 pm EST. Online. Free. Together, we’ll integrate the spiritual as a wholly central component in the physical fight for social justice. Spiritual integration is a critical component that connects us to Jewish values and HaShem, the source of power greater than ourselves and our own devices, in order to lead in our justice work from a place that is more visionary, creative, sustainable, and grounded. Register.



40 DAYS OF TESHUVAH: A SHORT FILM. Thursday, July 14, 2022 6:00 PM-8:00 PM - Tickets: $10. In the summer of 2020, outraged by racial and social injustice in this country, young Jewish activists in NYC came together for 40 days of protest culminating with the holiday of Tisha B’Av, which marks several major disasters in Jewish history including the destruction of the second temple. This short film, 40 Days of Teshuvah, weaves together a story of bringing Jewish spiritual practice into the fight for racial justice. Following the screening, we’ll join together in a discussion with featured activist Yehudah Webster and community leader Rabbi David Jaffe around the themes and spiritual tools present in the film, and share ideas around how Jewish spiritual practices can be integrated into our own efforts for repair and justice.The program will begin at 6:00pm with a welcome reception and pizza on our patio plaza followed by the film screening and discussion indoors.



CREATIVE REST DEEP DIVE: DREAMS WITH RABBI JILL HAMMER. Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM MDT. In this special Creative Rest 3-hour Deep Dive workshop, we’ll explore our dreams as sources of wisdom, beauty, and depth. Using dream practices from Undertorah: An Earth-based Kabbalah of Dreams, we will witness one another’s dreams and consider their multiple truths. Then, using the Jewish Studio Process, we will create art in response to our dreams, allowing the images we create to bring the uncanny power of the dream to light. This session will be facilitated by Rabbi Jill Hammer and Rabbi Adina Allen.



LIVING INTO OLAM HABA: A 5-day gathering at Linke Fligl in Millerton, NY, July 6-10, 2022.

More information  can be found on Linke Fligl's website.

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CRY OUT INTO THE NIGHT: TISHA B'AV UNDER THE STARS - Evening gathering and Eicha Reading. Saturday, August 6, 2022 8:00 PM  10:00 PM

RELEASE & REFLECTION: HONORING 7 YEARS OF LINKE FLIGL AT THE CLOSE OF SHMITA. Daytime Rosh Chodesh gathering. Sunday, August 28, 2022, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.

More information on both of these programs can be found on Linke Fligl's website.

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GOD FELLOWSHIP - A 12 part training to integrate spiritual truths into your everyday life. Fall 2022.

God Fellowship is a 12 week training around direct experience of God. In this course, you will develop a clear framework for spiritual teachings and learn how to integrate them into your day to day life. God Fellowship teaches practical skills of how to use the mind, body and heart to ground your relationship with the Creator. The Fellowship acts as a portal for participants to expand their understanding of potent spiritual teachings rooted in multiple spiritual traditions, psychology, and quantum physics. The 12 part course includes guided meditations and teachings, and two levels of interaction depending on the learner’s preference. Our teachings are open and accessible to people of all faiths and backgrounds. More information.



Application deadline: June 29, 2022. R&R is the first organization to provide sabbatical grants to the Jewish communal sector on a national scale. This year, the R&R Sabbatical program will offer five (5) organizations a total of $60,000 each: $50,000 for the awardees to rest, travel, reflect or renew in whatever manner they propose, for a minimum of three (3) consecutive months while maintaining their current salary/benefits. $10,000 to support interim leaders and staff. Their model is inspired by 20+ years of research and practice by The Durfee Foundation. Without giving our leaders time away from their work to dream big, replenish their spirits, and rest their bodies, we will not see any of their ideas come to fruition. This is particularly critical when viewed through an equity lens, as we know BIPOC, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and women have borne the brunt of the economic disparity of the pandemic. Apply now!



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Get Abuse: The Problem and the Solutions. Wednesday, July 20 2022 at 11:30 am EST, with speaker Rabbi Barry Dolinger. Using real life case details, this talk will feature an overview of the main systems, some hidden and some transparent, that support and incentivize gett abuse and agunot in the United States. They will also examine emergent solutions and policy strategies to solve the crisis used by the International Bet Din and other organizations, including Bitul Kidushin, coercive control laws. and more.

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The Book of Job as the Guide for Jewish Ethics, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 11:30 am EST, with speaker Rabbi Haim Ovadia. The Book of Job is traditionally perceived as a treatise about good and evil and about the age-old problem of Divine Justice, or theodicy. This class will suggest that the Book of Job presents a new stage in the development of Jewish ethics, and that this new theology, which is extremely relevant and necessary for our generation, was so controversial that it had to be hidden under layers of discourse.

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The Three Weeks: Old Mourning vs. New Mourning. Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 11:30 am EST. Come and learn about how our sages structured our most intense period of communal mourning practices. We will spend some moments reflecting on what we might be mourning in today's world: Loss of peace, loss of freedom, loss of safety.

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