Clergy Camp

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR RENEWAL CLERGY

JULY 2-7, 2017
STAY FOR SHABBAT JULY 7-9
STONY POINT, NY

Clergy Camp provides professional development for mind, heart and soul, open to OHALAH members and/ or ALEPH musmachim. For four days every summer, participants study text in the morning, develop skills in the afternoon, and process that day’s learning in the evening during group Hashpa’ah (spiritual direction). The intensive program is designed to foster a supportive community of practitioners and peers in a setting safe enough to share deep struggles, yet strong enough to provide support and new ideas. Clergy Camp shares all meals and davvening with “Smicha Week”: ALEPH’s Ordination student intensive curriculum, broadening the idea-sharing to include ALEPH faculty and students.

Enrollment is still open. If you register now you are guaranteed the class of your choice.


 

Our 2017 Clergy Camp Programs

MORNING CLASSES

     

AFTERNOON CLASSES

Class: Leadership Tools for Successful Clergy and Congregations

Instructor: Mitch Gordon

It seems that not many medical schools teach courses in bedside manner. Similarly, there are not many courses in interpersonal skills, understanding and dealing with conflict, leadership, working with boards, or fund raising, for clergy. In these sessions we will explore topics such as Embracing Conflict, Communication: Impact vs. Intent, Dealing with Difficult People, Separating the People from the Problem, Active Listening, and much more.
 


Class: “Talmud B’iyun” In depth
Talmud study

Instructor: Mike Moskowitz

An exploration of several classic sugyot from the Talmud with medieval and modern commentaries on practical topics. Geared towards skill building and expanding the ways in which we can approach Talmudic texts and thought.

     

Class: Davening from the Drums - Jewish Drumming and Spirituality

Instructor: Mitch Gordon

Through drumming, chant, silence, and meditation we will explore the shape, substance and spirituality of prayer and worship. We will look at both the keva and the kavanah and discover the Holy Drummer within each of us, and find ways to introduce and expand sacred drumming to our congregations and our Judaism.


 


Class: Bringing the Tablets Down the Mountain: A Crash Course on the Art of Teaching Torah

Instructor: Rabbi Dr. David Kasher

Rabbis are expected to teach Torah. The trouble is, Rabbis-in-training often spend a lot of time learning Torah, but not much time learning how to teach it. The result is that much is lost in transmission, and our people often have little appreciation for the depth and beauty of our tradition of study. This course will be a one-week intensive program focused on the pedagogical orientation and practical techniques that create engaging text learning for adults. We will deconstruct the component parts of the “shiur” and spend time workshopping discrete teaching skills, in order to be able confidently reconstruct a full learning experience and to be intentional planners of our teaching. Participants will leave this week more confident in their ability to bring heavenly Torah down to the ground.

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Instructor Bios

 

Instructor: Mitch Gordon 

Mitch is a teacher, professional musician (drummer), worship leader, mediator, parent, and actively concerned citizen of the third rock from the sun. He serves as adjunct faculty at Hebrew College teaching Spirituality and Sacred Drumming and has also taught that subject around the country at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, LimmudBOSTON, Torahthon, and various kallot.

 

 

Instructor: Rabbi Dr. David Kasher 

David is the Senior Rabbinic Educator at Kevah, a Bay Area-based Jewish non-profit dedicated to making the study of classical Jewish texts a central practice in the American Jewish community. At Kevah, David is responsible not only for his own teaching, but also works on recruiting and training new educators, and has developed a unique teacher-training platform focused specifically on the pedagogy of Adult Jewish Education. David is a teacher of nearly all forms of classical Jewish literature, but his greatest passion is Torah commentary, and he produces the weekly ParshaNut blog and podcast (www.parshanut.com), which explores the weird and wonderful riches of the genre.

 

Instructor: Mike Moskowitz 

After graduating public school in Richmond, VA, Mike traveled to Jerusalem, Israel, where he received a B.A. and an M.A. in Talmudic Law, as well as Rabbinical Ordinations, while studying at Yeshivat Mir. He continued his studies at BMG in Lakewood, NJ, where he earned an advanced degree in Talmud. Now the Rabbi of the Old Broadway Synagogue in Harlem, Mike is also working on a Doctorate in Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

 


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Here are the Clergy Camp prices
(include program, housing for non-commuters, meals):

Single Room $1,650
Double Room $1,450
Commuter $1,150

ADDING Shabbat Weekend:
$300 for Single or Double Room
$200 for Commuter


Registration

Program open to all ALEPH musmachim and OHALAH members currently practicing in the field. You must be pre-qualified before you can register. Please fill out the form below


FAQS

What is Clergy Camp?

Clergy Camp provides professional development for mind, heart and soul, open to OHALAH members and/ or ALEPH musmachim. For four days every summer, participants study text in the morning, develop skills in the afternoon, and process that day’s learning in the evening during group Hashpa’ah (spiritual direction). The intensive program is designed to foster a supportive community of practitioners and peers in a setting safe enough to share deep struggles, yet strong enough to provide support and new ideas. Clergy Camp shares all meals and davvening with “Smicha Week”: ALEPH’s Ordination student intensive curriculum, broadening the idea-sharing to include ALEPH faculty and students.
 

Why is Clergy Camp being offered?
Recent ALEPH musmachim realized that they wanted both additional opportunities for immersive continuing education, as well as more programming that afforded them the opportunity to continue networking with ALEPH Ordinations Programs faculty and students.

 

How is Clergy Camp designed?
Clergy Camp offers three tracks: An intellectual track of study in the morning, a practicum focused on integrating emotional skills in the workplace in the afternoon, and a spiritual track in the evening, allowing for a sense of integration of the day’s learning.
 

Outside of these Clergy Camp specialties, the remainder of the time will be integrated and overlapping with Smicha Week, the intensive program of study for ALEPH ordinations students and their teachers. All meals and davening are done together, and the lodgings are on the same site.


Who is qualified to attend?
Any clergy who is ordained through ALEPH or is an ordained member of OHALAH in good standing, and who is actively practicing in the field, is welcome to attend.


When should I plan to arrive and leave?
Plan on arriving by Sunday night, July 2, 2017. The program is scheduled to begin promptly first thing Monday morning. The programming concludes the night of Thursday, July 6, 2017; please plan on either traveling home on Friday, July 7, or consider staying for Shabbat, through Saturday evening, July 8, and traveling home Sunday, July 9.

 

Why is participation being limited? Will it be limited next year?
Participation is capped at up to 25 individuals for 2017, because this is the program’s second year, and organizers need the opportunity to run it on a small scale in order to work out issues as they arise in real time. Those attending Clergy Camp 2017 will be asked to complete an extensive questionnaire afterward, to help organizers identify critical issues and fix them in future years.

 

Who may serve as Clergy Camp faculty?
Clergy Camp faculty will rotate from year to year, and be drawn from the greater Jewish and religious world. On the theory that ALEPH musmachim have had the opportunity to learn from the great ALEPH Ordinations Program faculty during their years in the program, Clergy Camp envisions broadening those horizons by bringing in outside teachers. A side benefit of doing so promotes networking between ALEPH and non-ALEPH faculty, and giving ALEPH the chance to become known to the broader Jewish world.

 

What are some of the similarities and differences between Clergy Camp and OHALAH?
Both Clergy Camp and OHALAH are open to ordained Renewal clergy. Both offer the chance for attendees to deepen their learning. Both provide networking opportunities. Both are intensive, on-site, whole-day immersion experiences.

Seasonally, they differ: Clergy Camp is offered during the summer, while OHALAH’s annual gathering occurs every winter.

The scale of the two projects also differs by an order of magnitude. In it’s second year, Clergy Camp is limited to the first 25 qualified participants, while OHALAH attracts close to 200 Jewish practitioners.

The style of teaching differs: Clergy Camp is offering three tracks, each of which will be pursued continuously over its four days. OHALAH, in contrast, offers numerous study opportunities, some of which are one-off workshops and others of which are sustained over a few days.

Finally, the scope of the two gatherings is different. While Clergy Camp is limited to intensive study, OHALAH addresses a broad range of goals. For instance, not only does OHALAH offer multiple opportunities for study; it also provides ongoing attention to state-of-the-art ethical standards, as its bylaws mandate, as well as providing a major venue in which leading Jewish lights, of all denominations, may address a sizable and diverse group of Jewish clergy.


Have more questions?

Clergy Camp Director, R. Aura Ahuvia: ClergyCamp@aleph.org

Registration Support
215.247.9700 x 30 (Monday – Friday, 12pm – 5pm EST)


Do You Qualify for Clergy Camp? 

You must be pre-qualified before you can register. Please answer the following questions to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, please continue to registration.

We're sorry, but it appears as if you're not qualified to register. Registrants for Clergy Camp must (a) be an ordained member of the clergy, (b) hold ordination either through ALEPH or belong to OHALAH as a member in good standing, and (c) be currently practicing (part-time or full-time) in the field. If you have a question, or think there has been an error, please contact Rabbi Aura Ahuvia at ClergyCamp@aleph.org.

We're sorry, but it appears as if you're not qualified to register. Registrants for Clergy Camp must (a) be an ordained member of the clergy, (b) hold ordination either through ALEPH or belong to OHALAH as a member in good standing, and (c) be currently practicing (part-time or full-time) in the field. If you have a question, or think there has been an error, please contact Rabbi Aura Ahuvia at ClergyCamp@aleph.org.

We're sorry, but it appears as if you're not qualified to register. Registrants for Clergy Camp must (a) be an ordained member of the clergy, (b) hold ordination either through ALEPH or belong to OHALAH as a member in good standing, and (c) be currently practicing (part-time or full-time) in the field. If you have a question, or think there has been an error, please contact Rabbi Aura Ahuvia at ClergyCamp@aleph.org.