Blessings of the Sacred Circle and Judaism

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a five-day course offered by Chaplaincy Institute of Arts and Interfaith Ministries to explore the history and practices of Judaism.

Chaplaincy Institute for Arts & Interfaith Ministries presents

Judaism and the Blessings of the Sacred Circle

Music, Discussion, and Celebration

Sept. 25-29 (Special Shabbat Service, 6-9 Sept. 27)

Wesley Hall, 9 Ross Valley Rd., San Rafael

415-453-8521

Healing one's self and the world are at the heart of Judaism, the rootstock of two of the world's other major religions: Christianity and Islam. Its spirit has been kept alive for thousands of years through the arts, music, storytelling, prayer and intellectual pursuits -- elements that have played a central role in preserving the Jewish faith through adversity.

The Chaplaincy Institute for Arts & Interfaith Ministries announces "Introduction to Judaism and the Blessings of the Sacred Circle" a five-day session on the practice of Judaism Sept. 25-29 at Wesley Hall in San Rafael.

Participants will be introduced to the history -- sufferings and celebrations -- of Judaism through storytelling, music, and study of Kabbalah, Judaism's mystical dimension.

Contemporary forms of Judaism will be explored. These include Conservative, Orthodox, Reformed, Hasidic, and Zionist. Each branch differs from the other in the form of ritual observance and tradition, such as food preparation.

Activities will include examination of healing through prayer, chant, and dream work and those in attendance will have an opportunity to explore the Tree of Life and other tools of sacred practice.

The public is also invited to attend the community Shabbat Service 6-9 PM, Sept. 27

This session -- one of many the institute offers in its ordination program -- is appropriate for all levels of interest and can be attended by the general public.

Upcoming class modules include an Introduction to Islam and Sufism (October), and Introduction to Hinduism and the Dark Feminine (November).

The institute focuses on respect and appreciation for the world's major religions and each module represents one or two of these faith traditions. Emphasis is placed upon the spiritual arts, such as dance, music, painting, storytelling, mandalas, and altar-making.

Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministries is a Marin-based non-profit organization that serves the entire Bay Area. It is designed to educate, certify, and ordain individuals for creative ministry, chaplaincy, healing, spiritual direction and the sacred arts in schools, healthcare facilities, hospices, correctional facilities, and residential treatment centers.

This educational institution also provides Continuing Education Units for nurses, marriage and family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers.

For more information, call 415-453-8521 or visit http://www.chaplaincyinstitute.org

Media contact only: Karen Pierce Gonzalez 707-792-4376

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