This e-course has started, but you can still sign up! Registration will remain open until the last day, Friday, November 30. When you register, you will find all the session that have been sent so far archived in your account.


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This four-week e-course aims to bring to life the legacy of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (1924 - 2014), respectfully called Reb Zalman, who was one of the spiritual masters of our time. He was both a product of and contributor to the movement from religious parochialism to universalism. His devotion to paradigm shift gave birth to the Jewish Renewal movement, as well as to the Spiritual Eldering movement.

He might also be considered the Johnny Appleseed of the spiritual awakening that began in the mid-20th century and continues to this day. Through his countless contributions and insights into the unfolding of shifts in consciousness and practice, he inspired a generation of seekers: first in the changing landscape of the American Jewish world and then beyond the boundaries of that tradition to multifaith communities. The seeds he dropped along the way continue to sprout and blossom in ways he may never have imagined.

This e-course is built around these themes:

  • From Habad Hassidism to Jewish Renewal (the paradigm is shifting; mystical wisdom is for everyone; the way to God is through joy)
  • Deep Ecumenism (a spiritual response to shifting consciousness; living into the principles; sacred encounters)
  • From Age-ing to Sage-ing (the gifts in each stage of life; the spiritual practice of Sage-ing, the December Years)
  • Recalibrating Body, Mind, and Spirit (cycles of repair, being accountable in all four worlds, forgiving self and others)

Subscribers to this unique e-course will receive 12 emails on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, beginning on November 5. The emails will include:

  • Reflections on and quotations from Reb Zalman's life and teachings.
  • Stories about Reb Zalman from those who knew him.
  • A practice suggestion designed to help you bring this wisdom into your own spiritual journey.
  • An opportunity to participate in a one-hour teleconference with presenters Victor and Nadya Gross on Monday, November 19 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time/7 p.m. Eastern Time. A recording will be available afterwards for review and for those who cannot attend.
  • A link to an online Practice Circle available 24/7 where you can share responses and experiences with others from our worldwide community and receive further guidance from our presenters.

Rabbis Nadya and Victor Gross are delighted to offer this e-course in honor of their beloved teacher and mentor, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. They received joint Rabbinic Ordination from Reb Zalman and the P'nai Or religious fellowship in 1998, recognizing their unique relationship paradigm.

Rabbi Victor Gross serves as faculty and Director of Studies in the ALEPH Rabbinical Seminary, where he chairs the department of Philosophy and Jewish Thought. He is also a member of the faculty and Academic Affairs Committee of the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality. Victor is a co-Director of the Sage-ing® Legacy Program and also serves on the faculty of the Anamcara Project of the Sacred Art of Living Center for Spiritual Formation in Bend, Oregon. He is the author of Educating for Reverence: The Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Rabbi Nadya Gross is the Director of the Hashpa’ah: a training program for Jewish Spiritual Directors in the ALEPH Rabbinical Seminary. She transmits the mystical teachings passed down from her grandmother in a two-year wisdom school: Secrets My Grandmother Told Me. Nadya developed a program to train End-Of-Life Doulas, is a co-Director of the Sage-ing® Legacy Program. and serves on the faculty of the Anamcara Project of the Sacred Art of Living Center for Spiritual Formation in Bend, Oregon. She is the co-author, with Rabbi Malka Drucker, of the forthcoming book: Embracing Wisdom: A Handbook for Sages.

Together, Nadya and Victor share a pulpit at Pardes Levavot: a Jewish Renewal Congregation in Boulder, Colorado, and have recently founded Yerusha (Hebrew: legacy), an organization dedicated in part to carrying Reb Zalman’s legacy into the future.

Nadya and Victor are delighted to share their love and appreciation for all that Reb Zalman contributed. Please join us in this journey of discovery and practice.

4 CEHs for chaplains available.

Monday, November 5 - Friday, November 30


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