A Creative Workshop Series for Jewish Women Leaders With Taylor Epstein and Karen Erlichman

In this six week series for professional women in the Bay Area Jewish community, participants will have the opportunity to reconnect with their leadership calling and the heart of their work as educators and leaders. We will explore the question: How do you hear and respond to that call in your body, your voice, and your actions?

This series will draw on several streams of knowledge and practice, including the Jewish Studio Process, the Courage to Teach leadership model, and somatic coaching. Sessions will include spiritual grounding, chevruta, group discussion, art making, movement and sacred text that will allow participants to explore questions about purpose, values, and commitment.

“We are each evolving spiritual beings who require new learning, new skills, new meanings; we need opportunities to investigate and shed outworn theologies or…ways of thinking that have become tired and old. This is the work of spiritual re-formation. It gives us time and tools to look anew at our theology as it evolves with life experience, to reconnect with [ourselves]. Nurturing a safe community of companions helps us do this work. Providing opportunities for spiritual development in various venues of retreat will benefit many….The essence of the spiritual life is to work on ourselves; and we cannot [serve] authentically when our role is divided from our soul.” – Rabbi Rachel Cowan z”l (in Sh’ma Online March 2009 p 9-10)

This professional women’s leadership series actively welcomes participants of diverse ages, races, and physical abilities who may also identify as genderqueer, non-binary and/or trans. People of all creative ability and experience are welcome.

Session topics will include:

  • Reconnecting with your leadership calling
  • Relational accountability and support
  • Personal and professional risks
  • Creative tension between intellectual knowing and intuition
  • Internalized privilege and oppression
  • Setting intentions for the future

Eligibility Requirements:

Successful participants in this series are:

  • Curious about taking risks and connecting their personal and professional selves.
  • Able to contribute to the creation of a confidential space.
  • Commit to show up with their whole self.
  • Able to commit to all six sessions.
  • Have five years experience in the field of Jewish communal service.
  • Currently employed (including independent contractors or freelance professionals) in a Bay Area Jewish organization.
  • Professional women of diverse ages, races, and physical abilities who may also identify as genderqueer, non-binary and/or trans.

People of all creative ability and experience are welcome.

Click on the button above to begin your registration process and reserve a space in this series. To complete your registration, you will be asked to complete a short reflection form designed to help you begin your experience and for the facilitators to fine-tune session plans for registered participants.

Registration will close January 31, 2022 or when the series is full.

Dates: Sundays February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, 2022*

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm Pacific

Location: This series will meet on Zoom. *If public health guidelines permit, the final session for this series will be held in-person at The Jewish Studio Project in Berkeley, CA.

Cost: All trainings at Jewish LearningWorks are subsidized by our generous donors. This series is offered with tiered rates based on size of organizational budget. Prices increase 20% on January 10, 2022:

  • Org Budget is >$10 million (no discount) = $450.00 ($540.00 on/after Jan 10)
  • Org Budget is $4-$10 million (20% discount) = $360.00 ($432.00 on/after Jan 10)
  • Org Budget is $1-4 million (40% discount) = $270.00 ($324.00 on/after Jan 10)
  • Org Budget is <$1 million (60% discount) = $180.00 ($216.00 on/after Jan 10)

To arrange a further cost adjustment, please email jenni@jewishlearning.works

Participants who attend and participate in all six sessions will receive a $180.00 incentive grant to use for establishing an ongoing creative/reflective practice.

Facilitator Bios

Karen Lee Erlichman (she/her), D.Min, LCSW provides psychotherapy, spiritual direction, supervision and So(U)L coaching, with a mind-body-spirit approach that integrates somatic practices and creative process. Karen works with people from a variety of religions and spiritual practices, genders, races and cultures. Her work has also been shaped by her training with the Strozzi Institute and the Center for Courage and Renewal under the leadership of Parker Palmer. Karen has facilitated workshops and retreats for a wide variety of organizations, such as The Dinner Party, Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Pacific School of Religion, and Kaiser Permanente.

Taylor Epstein (she/her) is a learning nerd who is passionate about designing effective ways to solve people’s problems, currently doing so in her role as Managing Director of Learning and Design at UpStart. Taylor facilitates The Jewish Studio Process for the teens and young adults at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos, and is excited about exploring new ways to connect people to this form of spiritual practice.