First Renewal education conference set in Berkeley

Presenting the keynote address will be Rabbi Daniel Siegel, executive director of Aleph in Boston.

Rabbi Shefa Gold of New Mexico will lead two sessions: "Finding the Essence of Renewal Education" and "Torah as Spiritual Challenge."

Yoram Getzler will travel from Israel to lead a class on "Intertwining Waldorf and Jewish Renewal Education for Children."

Bay Area speakers will include Avram Davis, founder of Chochmat HaLev; Rabbi Pam Frydman Baugh, founder of Or Shalom Jewish Community; Yehudit Goldfarb, founding member of Aquarian Minyan; Rabbi Burt Jacobson, founder of Kehilla Community Synagogue and others.

Jewish Renewal, and the Network in particular, believes its strengths lie in the creation of participatory liturgy and ritual, the development of meditative techniques and the creation of new Jewish music, art, sacred dance and chant.

The conference will offer a panel discussion on what is unique about Jewish Renewal education and a session to share programs that have been successful in member communities.

Workshop topics will include arts in education, teaching meditation and sharing the spiritual path with children.

The Network of Jewish Renewal Communities was created in 1990 to seek, identify and build new communities and to strengthen member communities through the sharing of experiences, resources and leadership.

Prices are $5 for the havdallah service and $30 to $95 for the workshops. To register, call Nadya Gross at (510) 835-1934, or e-mail [email protected]