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October 13, 2015 | 30th Tishrei 5776

Reform Jewish Adults Gather for Inspirational Study, Spiritual Renewal and Personal Growth

URJ's Summer Learning Institute Offers Unparalleled Experience and Training in Worship, Conversion and Jewish Texts

June 28, 2011, Princeton, NJ -- One-hundred and fifty Reform Jewish adults will gather together next week in Princeton, NJ for in-depth study, spiritual renewal and personal growth.

The Union for Reform Judaism's Summer Learning Institute, running from July 6-10, offers a unique learning opportunity for individuals to deepen their knowledge and learn techniques in one of three areas of congregational life: engaging in serious Jewish study, welcoming prospective Jews into the community, and facilitating and supporting worship and life cycle rituals.

The Kallah program offers an intense immersion in Jewish texts and ideas; dynamic, innovative worship experiences; a vibrant community of committed learners; the opportunity for spiritual renewal; full days of study and spiritual growth, and more.

The Rabbi Alexander Schindler Fellows Program for Conversion Certification, now in its 11th year, prepares participants to work in partnership with their rabbis to counsel, support and welcome prospective Jews into their congregational community. Schindler Fellows train with HUC-JIR faculty members, congregational rabbis, and URJ staff.

The Had'rachah Seminar for Lay Leadership in Religious Life is designed to teach lay leaders a variety of skills to help them support communal worship, lifecycle events and educational opportunities. Participants in the Had'rachah Seminar may use these skills in various ways--by serving a congregation that has no clergy; by working in an assisted living facility or adult community; or by assisting their congregational clergy.

Couples and friends are encouraged to attend the Institute together while participating in different programs and join together as a group at many meals and for Shabbat – the Jewish Sabbath. Participants will enjoy hearing a d'var Torah (lesson from the weekly Torah portion) delivered by outgoing URJ President Eric Yoffie at the Shabbat morning service.

"The URJ Summer Learning Institute offers Reform Jewish adults the chance to study and learn with the best and the brightest in a very unique spiritual environment ," said Rabbi Rex Perlmeter, director of the URJ Congregational Consulting Group that produces the Institute. "So often, we adults do not make the time or investment in ourselves. It's an experience that is not to be missed."

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