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The Art of Healing: A Daylong Conference on Spirituality and the Arts

  • 08:30 AM

The Art of Healing JTSThe Art of Healing: A Daylong Conference on Spirituality and the Arts, presented by the Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the JTS Arts Advisory Board, will focus on the many ways in which creative exploration and expression can be drawn on for spiritual sustenance for oneself and in helping others. Participants will have the opportunity to draw from their own creativity, and to experience a taste of the healing that can happen through artistic exploration and expression.

This program will take place on Thursday, June 25th, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5: p.m. at JTS, located at 3080 Broadway (corner 122nd Street) in New York City. Registration for this conference is $45 and includes a dairy lunch. Register at www.jtsa.edu/healing. For more information, contact the Center for Pastoral Education at [email protected].

The day will open with learning about the connections between artistic expression and healing, followed by two workshop blocks and a short concluding program. Interactive workshop leaders will include Arline Duker, LCSW; Janlori Goldman, JD, MFA, poet, writing mentor and group leader at Visible Ink, MSKCC, and adjunct professor at Columbia University; Amichai Lau-Lavie, founding director of Storahtelling, Inc. and spiritual leader of Lab/Shul; Dr. Tara Sherman, lead teacher at Dance for PD; The Reverend Paul Steinke, CPE supervisor at Bellevue Hospital Center; and Yelena Zatulovsky, LCAT, MA, MT-BC, CCLS, hospice and palliative care advanced certified music therapist, and Clinical Training Program coordinator and Creative Arts therapist at MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with so many talented artists who are inviting participants into intimate workshop environments, which promise to be spiritually uplifting, true food for the soul,” said Rabbi Mychal Springer, the Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein Chair in Professional and Pastoral Skills and the director of the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS.

The Center for Pastoral Education at JTS was established in 2009 with the goal of teaching Jewish and non-Jewish seminary students, rabbis, and ordained clergy of all faiths the art of pastoral care. It prepares students to become leaders in the world of professional chaplaincy and provides in-depth pastoral training to those who wish to become clergy or religious professionals, enabling them to serve the needs of their congregants, clients, and students on a very high level and with expertise in the rich pastoral resources of Judaism.

The Jewish Theological Seminary serves North American Jewry by educating intellectual and spiritual leaders for Conservative Judaism and the vital religious center, training rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, communal professionals, and lay activists who are inspired by our vision of Torah and dedicated to assisting in its realization.