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Ritual Leadership Training (New Format!)

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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One event on April 4, 2021 at 10:00 am

One event on April 18, 2021 at 10:00 am

One event on April 25, 2021 at 10:00 am

One event on May 16, 2021 at 10:00 am

5 morning sessions: Mar 21, Apr 4, 18, 25, and May 16 | 10 AM – 12 PM

We have changed the course format so that 5 Sunday morning sessions replace the full-day intensive and single evening!

Help us grow inclusive leadership at the DJC! Are you interested in making a blessing or opening the ark at High Holydays or on Shabbat, having an aliyah or taking on a ritual leadership role in our community? While our programs are on Zoom, the DJC’s upcoming innovative and inclusive ritual leadership training is more accessible than ever, spread out over 5 mornings!

The DJC has developed a learning and training program open to all members, Jews and non-Jews alike, to be able to knowledgeably step into a ritual leadership role in our community. (Click here to read the details of the community decision and the goals of the Ritual Leadership Training program.) Participants also make a commitment to ongoing Jewish learning.

Our program will support you to become a shali’ach/shlichat tzibbur (representative of the community and Jewish people). Your learning will provide you with the tools needed to lead a communal ritual or prayer with integrity. Tools include:

  • Jewish knowledge related to the ritual action in its full context (eg. knowledge of Torah, of prayer and blessing, of the occasion being celebrated, how to do the ritual and why, etc.); 
  • Understanding of the words one says (of the blessing or prayer) and exploring the personal integrity of saying those words (while there is a wide range of ways of interpreting them); 
  • Developing the conscious intention of honouring Torah, honouring the Jewish people, and enabling others to engage in that particular Jewish practice through the ritual action/mitzvah of the shali’ach tzibbur;
  • Making an abiding commitment to the Jewish people and Jewish life beyond the moment of the ritual; 
  • Seeing oneself as part of the unfolding Jewish story – linked to the past and actively sharing responsibility for the future. 

If you’re interested in learning more about our unique Ritual Leadership training, please email us to learn more.

These sessions are free for DJC members. If you are not a member, please PWYC (a suggested amount of $50-$300). We appreciate your donation. Click here to donate/pay.




May 16
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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