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 all members in good standing of OHALAH, RA, CA, CCAR, RRA, IRF, or the RCA* 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!
*(members in good standing of other Jewish clergy organizations may be considered on a case by case basis)
Our 2017 Clergy Camp Programs
Class: “Talmud B’iyun” In depth
Instructor: Rabbi 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: Guiding Adult Spiritual Journeys: Best Practices in Jewish Adult Education
Instructor: Shoshanna Schechter Shaffin
What prompts adults to begin a Jewish educational journey? What obstacles need to be overcome for adult learners to feel safe and confident in their pursuit of more Jewish knowledge? What enriches the growth of adult students-and their teachers as well?
In this intensive 4 day workshop we will look at the unique challenges of Jewish adult education, gain a deeper understanding of the emotional and practical needs of adult learners, and explore how clergy, as teachers, can begin to view adult education as not just academic, but rather a highly influential stop on the path of a lifetime of spiritual growth and learning.
By utilizing Dr. Diane Tickton Schuster's Jewish Lives, Jewish Learning: Adult Jewish Learning in Theory and Practice, as well as our own experiences, with a high focus on radical inclusivity, we will analyze specific case studies and isolate best practices unique to our own individual communities that we serve.
Instructor: Rabbi 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.
Instructor: Shoshanna R. Schechter-Shaffin, MA (Ed.D candidate)
Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin (Executive Director) originally hails from suburban Washington, D.C., and is an alumna of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Jewish Studies from the University of Maryland, and her Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies (focusing on Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies) and is currently pursing her EdD in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
Shoshanna completed several years of rabbinical school, and is a prolific Jewish educator and writer. She began her career in Jewish education with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary, focusing on leadership training for post-Holocaust and post-Communist Jewish communities. Shoshanna has also served as an Education Director and taught for a diverse group of synagogues, JCCs, Hillels and is a frequent speaker for the Jewish Federations of North America Speakers Bureau. As an academic, Shoshanna has currently serves as a faculty member in the Departments of Religious Studies and Women’s Studies at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, as well as at the departments of Humanities, Religious Studies, and Gender Studies for the University of Texas in El Paso,Texas.
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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
ADDING Shabbat Weekend:
$300 for Single or Double Room
$200 for Commuter
Cancellations must be received in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellations received until May 26, 2017 may receive a full refund (less $60 registration fee per person)
Cancellations from May 27 to June 15 may receive a 50% refund.
Cancellations will not be accepted after June 15, 2017.
There will be no refunds or exchanges. All balances are due by May 26, 2017. Payments received after May 26 will incur a late fee of $54 per registrant. This applies to all summer programs.
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.
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.
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