At the University of Florida, we are able to provide a special student focused Jewish Spirituality Institute. This Institute, also known as the Ruach Chaim Institute, brings Jewish Master Teachers from a variety of backgrounds including Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Judaism to Gainesville for a weekend of Jewish learning.
Student directors assist in the selection of the Master Teachers, the planning, advertising, and promotion of this weekend of Jewish Learning.
25 Students are selected to be "Fellows" in Jewish Spirituality. They receive a library from the master teachers as well as attend all the weekend learning sessions. At the end of the year, the "Jewish Spirituality Fellows" will have a special free weekend of Jewish learning from Master Teachers in an off-campus, non-Hillel location.
1999-2000 Master Teachers
October 1999 Rabbi Rami Shapiro Author of Minyan
November 1999 Rabbi Susan Fendrick Author of the Social Action Website
February 2000 Rabbi Laibl Wolf Author of Practical Kabbalah
March 2000 Neilah Carlebach Wife of the late-Shlomo Carlebach
Neshamah Carlebach Daughter of the late Shlomo Carlebach and special musical guest.
For community members, there will be an annual $100 participation fee for the 2000 weekends. This will cover all the workshops, food, and entertainment. Individual weekends have a $30 participation fee.
For information about the 1998-1999 Spiritual Weekends, also known as the Ruach Chayim Institute visit the following links:
Rabbi Marcia Prager and Cantor Jack Kessler
Rabbi Shefa Gold
Rabbi Daniel and Hannah Tifert Seigel