Rabbi Jonathan is the Senior Scholar at the Lev Shalem Institute (LSI) of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation, in the famed arts colony of Woodstock, New York. LSI offers a year round calendar of workshops and retreats that inspire full-hearted living through the wisdom, joy and gifts of Judaism.
Rabbi Jonathan weaves many modalities of learning and brings a startling range of expertise to your community: scholarly teaching, inspiring music and prayer, and deeply personal and interactive Torah study. Every participant will find themselves nourished in both familiar and unexpected ways.
One to one: Long distance or in person, Rabbi Jonathan offers his experience, knowledge and sensitive ear toRabbinical students, rabbis and clergy of other faiths seeking to grow as spiritual leaders, and to all seekers who wish to deepen their understanding of Judaism and of themselves.
Many of us never learned how to pray – the words remained inert on the page. The Shaliach Tzibbur’s role is to uplift those words off the page and into our hearts. Discover how to pray with Rabbi Jonathan.
Retreats & Intensives
Our endlessly busy lives leave precious little time for deep engagement and reflection. Give yourself a gift of a Shabbat, a true retreat and rest, so that you can explore new horizons that beckon you, and reconnect with your precious inner life.
Rituals can have great power, as we focus our energies together to mark special moments. Rabbi Jonathan is a Master of Ceremonies, leading rituals that are unpretentious, accessible and profoundly meaningful and moving.
A great sing-along is a lot like a religious service, when, as the psalm says, we “make a joyful noise”. In the tradition of his hero the late Pete Seeger, Rabbi Jonathan knows how to get everyone singing, whether in Hebrew or English.
Rabbi Jonathan brings the same warmth and joy to the performance stage as he does to the synagogue sanctuary.
Rabbi Jonathan’s rich, warm baritone has a way of entering your heart. Check out these uplifting CDs that he has recorded over the past two decades.
Bring Rabbi Jonathan’s literate, clear and inviting teachings home with you in the form of his writings.
“This collection contains warmth, humor, accessibility, and wisdom. A book – and indeed a career – to make his teacher proud!” —Rabbi Arthur Green, author of Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition
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