Reb Zalman z”l taught that we can and should find nourishment in traditions other than our own. He often reminded us that “you can’t get all your vitamins from one source.” He adjured us to undertake “the more intrepid exploration of deep ecumenism in which one learns about oneself through participatory engagement with another religion or tradition.”Learn more about our Deep Ecumenism programs. about Deep Ecumenism
Yerusha, the Hebrew word for Legacy, is a project devoted to creating and supporting programs inspired by Reb Zalman’s legacy that will carry his vision forward into the future. Our programs include:
Training in the Laws of Kashrut and Eco-Kashrut This program is for those who want to be certified as a mashgiach/mashgichah in both the laws of Kashrut and the ever-evolving ecological sensitivity called “Eco-Kashrut.” With this certification you will be qualified to kasher and supervise a kitchen in your congregation, retreat sites, hotel kitchens, and more.Learn more about Eco-Kosher certification. about Eco-Kosher Certification
Sage-ing is the process of harvesting one's wisdom, drawn from life experience, using the art of reflection and spiritual practice. This program has three parts. Part One: Wisdom of the Heart: From Age-ing to Sage-ing® Part Two: Death as Homecoming: Life is the Answer Part Three: Passing on the Legacy.Learn more about the Sage-ing program. about The Sage-ing® Legacy Program
The defining years of my childhood were spent opening to the Divine Mysteries of this world and the Source behind those mysteries, under the sheltering guidance of my paternal grandmother. What she taught me was sourced in an ageless transmission – shared from mother to daughter for countless generations, and thought to be “secret.” There is limited space available for the new cohort starting in November, 2017. —Rabbi Nadya GrossLearn more about our Wisdom School. about Secrets my Grandmother Told Me – a Wisdom School
Ruach Ha’Aretz creates week-long retreats for seekers of all ages, featuring classes with some of your favorite Jewish Renewal teachers, musicians, and artists, as well as extraordinary teachers from other faith traditions. Each thematic retreat offers opportunities for learning, experience, practice and questioning – in a safe, inclusive and intimate container we call our ‘village’. Our Ruach Kids Program is an integral part of the village, offering unique experiences for children and supporting a magical week of connection and discovery for the entire family.Learn more about Ruach Ha'Aretz. about Ruach Ha’Aretz
Rabbis Nadya and Victor Gross received joint Rabbinic Smicha from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, and the P'nai Or religious fellowship in 1998, recognizing their unique relationship paradigm. Since that time, their professional lives have been deeply inspired by and committed to Reb Zalman’s seminal teachings on Paradigm Shift, Sage-ing®, Deep Ecumenism and Eco-Kashrut. This commitment led to the creation of Yerusha in August 2017.