Spiritual Development, the arch of the Soul, is a lifelong journey. How we learn across the lifecycle and how we make connections to developing greater mindfulness, educate ourselves and teach others in a spiritually dynamic way whether our constituency is children, teens, young adults, middle-age adults or elders is the focus of this call.
You can listen to the audio recording of this call by clicking here: http://jrf.org/node/2681
Deborah Schein is an experienced and passionate early childhood educator who envisions young children as competent and capable. She has worked as a preschool teacher, a college instructor, an early childhood education director, and is presently working as a family educator for a synagogue preschool as she pursues a doctorate in spiritual development of children from birth to five. Deb is also the co-author of What’s Jewish about Butterflies.
Sarah Chandler is the Director of Jewish Family Life & Learning (JoyFuLL) at West End Synagogue, A Reconstructionist Congregation in Manhattan. The newly launched JoyFuLL program integrates classroom learning, bringing it alive with through family dinners, inclusive shabbat worship, spirited holiday celebrations and monthly service learning projects. She has her M.A. in Jewish Education and Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary. An educator and curriculum consultant for the Teva Learning Center since 2003, is also a senior editor of http://jewschool.com/ and Director of Programming for Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture.
Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat is a 1976 graduate of RRC, and holds a bachelor of arts from Pennsylvania State University and a master's in education from Temple University. He has served as a congregational rabbi in State College, PA; Philadelphia; and Plantation, FL; and as Hillel director at Penn State, where he taught in the religion department. In the early 1990s, Eisenstat was congregational services director at the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation and also was an instructor in education at RRC. Over the past 30 years, he has been involved in directing numerous schools and camps. He helped create the first North American family camp, Israel family education trips and youth programs for the Reconstructionist movement. He is a recipient of the Rabbi Ira Eisenstein Lifetime Achievement Award and is the Founding Director of youth and camping for Noar Hadash and Camp JRF. His publications include Reconstructing Jewish Education: A Process Guide, The Reconstructionist Teaching Model and Family Davening, as well as several musical albums. Currently, he serves the Reconstructionist Movement as the Director of Special Initiatives and continues to work with JRF congregations directing its “Camp to Shule” program.
Lynne P. Iser, MPH, Founder, The Center for Growing Older in Community; is a advocate, teacher and consultant dedicated to empowering those in the second half of life to use their resources and wisdom to create a world that is sustainable, just and fulfilling. She facilitates Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, is a faculty member of the ALEPH Sage-ing Project, and, teaches conscious aging and community building both locally and nationally. She was the founding Executive Director of the Spiritual Eldering Institute where she learned about the opportunities and blessings of becoming an elder in her work with Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi.We must pass through a gate of transformation to move From Age-ing to Sage-ing®. This enables us to use our life experience to enrich our elder years, face mortality, repair relationships, develop a regenerative spirit and transmit our wisdom to future generations. This process not only seeds the future, but crowns an Elder's life with worth and nobility. —Zalman Schachter-Shalomi