EFS - Social Action Education as Spiritual Practice

Winter/Spring class:  Social Action Education as Spiritual Practice

Taught by Rabbi Rain Zohav
With guest teachers Alden Solovy and Rabbi Lori Shaller  

Tuesday evenings: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. eastern time
Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22

An online, real-time teleconference class for clergy, seminarians and educators of all faiths

Generous scholarships are available

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Learn how to connect the sacred teaching of your faith with your social action education and activities. Deepen your students’ understanding and connection to the Divine. Share lesson plans and ideas. Receive coaching.

We will explore these questions:

  • What nourishes our souls and the souls of students as we engage in social change work?
  • What role can the sacred texts of our traditions play in social action?
  • What calls to our students? How can we encourage them to listen to the Divine and to heal in relation to our broken world?
  • How can we empower our students to take action?
  • How can we assist them (and ourselves) to overcome discouragement, despair and hopelessness?
  • Whose lives inspire us? How can we share that with our students?
  • How do we teach the intersection of various oppressions?
  • How do we build sacred change-making classrooms?
  •  How do we model and teach non-violence as a spiritual practice?

Course Fee

Course Fee + 3% Trumah Surcharge  
Early Bird Course Fee $100 (first 10 registrations) $ 103.00
Regular Course Fee $200 $ 206.00

Scholarships are available

Scholarships available by application.  It is recommended that interested participants look into funding through the institutions where they teach, as well as applying for EfS scholarships.

Questions? Contact us at: efs@aleph.org

About Educating for Spirituality's Lead Teachers: 
Rabbi Lori D. Shaller and Rabbi Rain Zohav

Rabbis Lori and Rain are newly ordained Jewish Renewal Rabbis, with forty years of experience between them engaging students in meaningful and lasting educational experiences.


Rabbi Lori

Lori-ShallerRabbi Lori was ordained by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal's Ordination Programs.  She is also a Spiritual Director, working with clergy groups and individuals.  As a Rabbi, she works in inter-faith relations, teaches, and works with individuals, couples and families to create meaningful life-cycle ceremonies.  She earned Master’s Degrees in American Jewish History and Social Studies Education from Boston University.  She taught high school students English and History for twenty years and has been a curriculum writer and teacher of teachers in English and World History, as well as in Jewish History, for fifteen years.  Her curriculum on Jewish Women in the Labor Movement was published by the Jewish Women’s Archive (http://jwa.org/teach/livingthelegacy/labor/lessons), and a piece of her human rights curriculum was published by Truah:  The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights-North America) (http://truah.org/issuescampaigns/slavery-a-human-trafficking-50094/further-resources-slavery/jewish-anti-slavery-resources.html). Rabbi Lori has also written curricula on 20th century environmental history. (http://worldhistoryforusall.sdsu.edu/eras/era8.php#land)


Rain-ZohavRabbi Rain has twenty years of experience directing a variety of religious schools, creating curriculum and programming, and teaching teachers on such topics as “Heschel’s Challenge to Jewish Educators” and “Using Understanding by Design in Teaching Tefilah,” plus ten additional years of experience teaching in religious schools. Rabbi Rain earned a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies from Gratz College, where she earned awards in Biblical and Jewish Studies. Rabbi Rain worked with the Washington, D.C. area Board of Jewish Education to develop a regional curriculum on Israel.