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Ritualwell Immersions & Events

Ritualwell Immersions are interactive online learning opportunities that offer a deep dive into Jewish topics that touch our everyday lives. Study in-depth with expert rabbis and teachers, participate in rich discussions, create rituals and connect with an online community. 

We offer two types of learning experiences: free, donation-based standalone sessions and fee-based, multi-session immersions for a deeper dive. However you choose to join, we welcome you to join our community and learn with us!

We also regularly host online events, such as poetry readings and communal rituals. Check back at this page for updates!

All sessions will be recorded and available to registrants. You may join sessions live or watch recordings at your own convenience. We encourage live attendance as you are able.

Click on each offering below to learn more and register. For up-to-date announcements about Ritualwell Immersions and events please subscribe to our newletter.

 

2022 Schedule

 

 

Creating a Mikveh Ritual for the High Holidays

Led by Rabbi Dr. Haviva Ner-David
 
In this mikveh workshop, Rabbi Haviva Ner-David will lead three group sessions and three private sessions per participant in which we will learn about the deeper meaning of mikveh and create individualized mikveh immersion ceremonies to be used for pre–High Holiday immersions.
 
Group sessions: Aug. 25, Sept. 15, Oct. 6 (with two one-on-one sessions with Rabbi Haviva to be scheduled in between)
Price: $250

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Making Ripples: Celebrating ADVOT@Ritualwell

Hosted by Hila Ratzabi & Adva Chattler
August 27th, 8–9pm EDT

Join us to celebrate the first year of ADVOT @ Ritualwell, an online creative community of ritual innovators, poets and liturgists.

FREE

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What Past Participants Had to Say ...

Past Immersions & Events

2022

  • Song-filled Poetry Reading with Rabbi Mónica Gomery, an inspiring evening of music and poetry featuring Rabbi Mónica Gomery, followed by an open mic by members of ADVOT @ Ritualwell. 
  • Conjure a Story: An Introduction to Writing (Jewish) Fiction | Amy Gottlieb, In this generative workshop for writers of all levels, we delved into the craft of writing fiction, stretched our imaginative muscles, and explored the myriad ways to tell a story.
  • Begin with Story: A Dip into the Fictive Imagination | Amy Gottlieb, We discussed the pathways toward crafting fiction and then wrote from a prompt designed to free the imagination.
  • Emerging from our Inner Mitzrayim: A Journey toward Creative Freedom | Elana Bell, We used embodied practices, including breathing, sound meditation, and movement to quiet the inner critic, calm the nervous system, and open the creative channel.
  • On Jewish Exile Through the Body | Hadar Cohen, We explored the physical, spiritual, and psycho-somatic implications of exile and how we heal this rupture individually and collectively. 
  • Sacred Vessel: A Creative Cleansing for Passover | Elana Bell, We used embodied creative practices including breath, sound, and movement to clear out and prepare our vessel for whatever creativity is ready to flow through us.
  • Citizen of the World: Amplifying Your Voice Through Poetry | Cathleen Cohen, We sampled the wisdom and questions of Jewish poets who address such topics as social justice, diversity, climate justice and gender equity.
  • Subversive Seder: Writing Prayers from the Haggadah | Alden Solovy, With subversive undertones, the Haggadah is a potent prompt for new writing. Where does that story lead?
  • Writing God Part of the "Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice Series" | Dr. Joy Ladin, We examined a wide range of examples of biblical and other traditional religious texts, modern and contemporary poems, and practiced techniques to create language to reflect and extend our own sense of the divine.
  • Finding Your Inner Voice through Poetry | Cathleen Cohen, We experimented with writing activities in order to access some of our concerns, thoughts and unique language styles. 
  • Writing from Single Words of Torah | Alden Solovy, In this playful and generative writing workshop, we examined individual words of Torah, followed by creative writing exercises in response.
  • The Masked Writer: Persona Poetry as Modern Midrash | Sivan Rotholz, We encountered persona poetry inviting us to reconsider biblical characters before adding our own voices to an age-old tradition.
  • Black Fire / White Fire: Reading & Writing Creative Midrash | Sivan Rotholz, We learned about what midrash is and how to write our own.
  • A Play for the End of the World: Book Talk with Jai Chakrabarti in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Writing the Revelatory Poem | Rachel Neve-Midbar, We read selections of a different book from the Hebrew Bible as well as poems of modern, postmodern and contemporary poets, accompanied by writing prompts as we wrote our own poems of revelation.
  • Holy Conversation: The Kavannot of the Shabbat Amidah | Trisha Arlin, Using prompts, short guided mediations, English translations and discussion, liturgist Trisha Arlin guided us through the Shabbat Amidah and the seven “stories” within it, and we then wrote our own holy conversations.
  • Dreaming Against the Current: Book Talk with Rabbi Haviva Ner-David
  • Jewish Ancestral Healing | Taya Mâ Shere, We considered ways in which honoring ancestors can be an important and empowering aspect of personal and communal healing and consider ways ancestor honoring is present within Jewish traditions.
  • Modern-Day Psalms | Rachel Neve-Midbar, We read and wrote psalms inspired by the Book of Psalms and contemporary poets. 

20202021

  • The Soul’s Transit: 24 Hours of Neshama | Trisha Arlin, Using prompts, short guided mediations and discussion, liturgist Trisha Arlin guided us in following the journeys of our neshamot/souls.
  • Telling the Soul's Stories: Spiritual Anecdote and Autobiography Part of the "Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice Series" | Dr. Joy Ladin, We looked at examples of spiritual anecdote and autobiography, discussing the communicability and incommunicability of spiritual experience, and practiced using midrash, haiku, and self-inventory to develop our own spiritual narratives.
  • Reading & Writing Poetry as Sacred Jewish Text | Jake Marmer, We explored a variety of approaches to spiritual writing by modern and post-modern poets, contemplating our way toward a new Jewish sacred poetics.
  • Poetics of Silence | Jake Marmer, We explored powerful poetic works that address the ways we can experience, describe, and share our silences.
  • Ingredients of Prayer: Writing Contemporary Liturgy Alden Solovy, a spiritual journey that deepened our core understanding of prayer and honed our writing skills for creating new Jewish liturgy. 
  • Writing Poetic Midrash from the Book of Genesis | Alden Solovy, We explored and created poetic midrash from Sefer Bereishit (the Book of Genesis). 
  • “I” and “You”: The Power of Pronouns in Establishing Divine-Human Relationships Part of the "Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice Series" | Dr. Joy Ladin, We talked about how “I” and “you” work in human relationships and in traditional prayer, how addressing a “you” changes what we mean by “I,” and how we can say “you” in ways that open ourselves up to infinity and make us places where change can happen. 
  • The Power of "AND": Parataxis in Praise, Lament, And Prophecy | Dr. Joy Ladin, We examined examples of parataxis – listing things without specifying connections between them – in daily life, psalm and prophetic writing, practiced using lists to foster creativity, and learned techniques for arranging them to broaden the scope of our spiritual writings.
  • Heshvan: Integrating the High Holidays | Dr. Mira Neshama Niculescu, We learned to integrate the transformational power of the High Holidays in our daily lives, all year long. 
  • Resting in Heshvan: When Doing Nothing Makes Everything Possible | Dr. Mira Neshama Niculescu, Using Jewish meditation practices, niggunim (wordless melodies), text study, and creative ritual, we explored how to make the most of this gift of pausing, so that we can fully integrate the powerful journey of the High Holidays in our everyday lives. 
  • Latin-Jewish High Holiday Practice: An Exploration of Cultural Identity and Ritual | Kimberly Dueñas and Analucía Lopezrevoredo of Jewtina y Co., In parallel sessions led in English and Spanish, we explored the ways in which cultural identity informs our ritual practices.
  • Aligning Ourselves for the New Year | Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein, In this four-part series, we we prepared for the end of our year, and the beginning of a new one, through spiritual teachings and reflective writing on the year that has been and the one to come.
  • Embodied Jewish Practice for Self-Care & Wellness | Yoshi Silverstein, This five-part series explored what it means to move in relationship to the environment and to those around us through a framework inspired by and playing with Jewish wisdom and tradition. 
  • Renewing Our Communities and Ourselves: An Elul Workshop SeriesParticipants had the option to join up to four inspiring rabbis on a journey of shared reflection, learning and renewal. 
  • Return to Self through the Writings of Etty Hillesum: A Five-Day Intensive | Hila Ratzabi, This is a five-day intensive for participants to engage in spiritual practices inspired by the writings of Etty Hillesum to go inward in preparation for the transformative experience of Yom Kippur.
  • Klei Kodesh – Spiritual Tools for Challenging Times | Rabbi Elisa GoldbergThis interactive workshop explored the klei kodesh, the spiritual tools, we need as we turn inward through Teshuvah, upward with Tefillah and outward through Tzedakah
  • Holy Words for Troubled Times: Masterclass in Liturgical Poetry | Alden Solovy, In this masterclass each participant will have the opportunity to deepen their own work with a combination of one-on-one coaching with Alden, masterclass reading and workshopping, small group workshopping and sessions on advanced topics in liturgical writing.
  • Art for Activists: Using Creativity to Experience Rest and to Renew Energy | Rabbi Bec Richman, This three-part series used the methodology of the Jewish Studio Process to help participants find restoration and redefine their call to the work they do in the world.
  • Lighting the Path Within: Jewish Mysticism & Meditation | Hadar Cohen, During Hanukkah and the darkest time of the year, this series to shined a light on our inner worlds through the wisdom of Jewish mysticism and meditation with a deep dive into ancient texts and practices. 
  • Soulcation: A Global Jewish Tour, With travel plans cancelled and folks sheltering in place, six rabbis across the globe were our tour guides in exploring their local Jewish geography, uncovering fascinating hidden gems of history, and sharing teachings that inspire. 
  • Time for Healing, A Time for Hope: Setting Intentions for 2021, The wonderful rabbis from Rabbi Connect helped us to set our kavannot (intentions) for a year of transformation and healing. 
  • Embodying Purim Joy: Hasidic and Shtetl Dance with Rabbi Daniel Brenner, A special holiday event, where we utilized a folktale to magically transport ourselves to the shtetl of the 1880s, learn about the movements and gestures of Jews who lived in the Pale of Settlement, and do some not-too-complicated dance moves with the upper body that can be done in a chair or standing. 
  • From Brokenness to Holiness: Engaging the Creative Mind to Heal the Wounded Will, This immersion took participants on a journey of exploring and employing intentional processes and practices to engage with brokenness.
  • On the Path to Liberation: A Jewish Men’s Series, A series for Jewish men* in preparation for Passover & our own liberation where they explored their individual and collective mitzrayim or narrow places. 
  • Journeying to Sinai: Seven Workshops for the Omer, A creative, spiritual journey from Exodus to Revelation, with weekly workshops taught by rabbis, poets and spiritual leaders.
  • Revelation and Relationship: Receiving Torah in a Time of Global Change, In this session we explored a new way to receive Torah – in the broadest sense of the word.
  • Rise and Rebuild: Tending our Individual and Collective Grief with Dor and Ophir Haberer, Together we unearthed the longings underneath the grief and vision together what it means for us to rebuild the temple in these diasporic times.
  • Gates of Awe: Writing New High Holiday Liturgy | Alden Solovy, We prepared for the High Holidays with an exploration of four treasures from our High Holy Day Machzor by examining the Unetaneh Tokef (Power of the Day), Vidui (Confession), Kol Nidre (Release), and Avinu Malkeinu (Almighty and Merciful).
  • Dreamwork as a Window to the Soul | Rabbi Haviva Ner-David, We dove into the wonderful world of dreamwork influenced by Haviva's experience in spiritual companionship. Together with our hevruta dream partners, we discussed texts on dreams in pairs and as a group, and worked one another's dreams in class, with Haviva demonstrating and offering guidance.

2019–2020

  • Peering into the Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction to Jewish Mysticism with Joel Hecker, PhD, This course served as a brief introduction to some of the features of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah from its earliest appearances in the Hebrew Bible to the Hasidism of the 18th century.
  • Creating Resilience: Writing and Spiritual Practice Inspired by Etty Hillesum with Hila Ratzabi, In this series of online gatherings we read and discussed Hillesum’s writings as a springboard for creating our own writing and spiritual practices. 
  • Writing from Sacred Text with Alden Solovy, In this series we explored four texts as the basis of writing your own new liturgical compositions and examined sacred texts that challenge, provoke and inspire.
  • Poetry as Sanctuary: The Journey Continues with Cathleen Cohen and Chelsea Jackson, We explored ekphrasis and finding inspiration through visual art, poems as Midrash, and the use of poetic forms. 
  • Meet Me at the Well: Ritual Creation Workshop, This series took us through the basic principles of ritual building, and guide us toward creating our own rituals, in this three-part series.
  • Into the Depths: Exploring Ritual Immersion in the MikvehThis three-part series will feature conversations with members of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network, text study, videos and opportunities for creative expression and workshopping a ritual.
  • Beneath the Surface: Spiritual Boot Camp with Rabbi Jacob Staub, In this series we dove deeply into an array of practices that bring us closer to a relationship with the Divine: Jewish mindfulness meditation, lovingkindness meditation, chanting and spiritual direction.

2018–2019

  • Food Justice with Rabbi Mordechai Liebling and Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, We examined the conditions of farmworkers past and present, organizing history and the worker-driven social responsibility model, “voting with your fork,” the efficacy of labeling and the politics of the fair trade movement and much more. 
  • Ingredients of Prayer: Writing Contemporary Liturgy with Alden Solovy, a spiritual journey that deepened your core understanding of prayer and honed your writing skills for creating new Jewish liturgy. 
  • Forgiveness and Spirituality for Therapists with Rabbi Elisa Goldberg, This interactive workshop helped clinicians to understand and support clients grappling with the process of seeking forgiveness and those working to forgive. 
  • Death and Mourning: Jewish Roots and Contemporary Ritual with Rabbi Linda Holtzman, This course examined traditional Jewish approaches to death and mourning and the values that underlie them.
  • #ZeroWastePassover: The Life-Changing Mitzvah of Tidying Up with Betsy Teutsch, With a nod to the decluttering rituals introduced by Japanese organizing consultant and author Marie Kondo, we explored the process of sacred downsizing during the weeks leading up to Passover.
  • Embodied Ritual for Trauma, Resilience and Healing with Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg, We discussed how trauma theory and the tools of Jewish ritual can help us to grieve and process hurts we’ve experienced, build resilience and power for surviving and thriving in oppressive conditions and experience joy, growth and celebration. 
  • Will You Marry Me? Officiating Jewish Weddings with Rabbi Annie Lewis, This session covered the nuts and bolts of traditional Jewish wedding rituals and creative approaches to crafting meaningful ceremonies, customized for each couple.

 

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