Course Title: Women’s Sacred Conversations with God
Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning
Instructor: Kohenet D’vorah Grenn, PhD, Mashpi’ah (Read bio)
Day and Time: Tuesdays 4-5:30pm PST/7-8:30pm EST
Dates: October 10, 24; November 7, 14, 2023 (4 sessions)
Session: Fall 2023
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $160 Financial scholarships available
Finding deeper connection with God and with the Divine in each other, is not always easy. Among the best portals of communication available to us are direct conversations, as well as prayers and blessings – oral, written and embodied.
In this class we will study some of the earliest sacred texts written by women or spoken to female Divine figures in Mesopotamia, tkhinot/blessings often created and always spoken by women at home in 17th-19th C. Eastern Europe, and modern prayers. As co-learners, we will discuss the practices that have the most meaning for each of us, and create our own blessings and prayers. We will also practice talking aloud to God–whether we pray to Adonai, YHVH, Shekhinah, El Shaddai, Yah, Ehyeh, Elohim, the Source of Life or God by any other name–through the direct prayer practice called hitbodedut.
Each class will include a brief chanted meditation, as well as breakout rooms to enable students to work with a partner/chevruta and interactive discussion. Students will also have the opportunity for experiential work with a study partner/chevruta, outside of class (optional).
The course will run for 4 weeks, 90 minutes; sessions will be recorded for those who have work, family or other scheduling conflicts.
Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning is for learners of all backgrounds.
Canadian and other registrants from outside of the US: please email Cindy Bernstein to complete your registration. We apologize for the inconvenience.