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JTS series helps rabbinic students
become spiritual leaders.
here does one find true
spiritual leadership? Judy
and Robert Rubin of
Huntington Woods believe it is
through rabbinic guidance.
That is why the couple under-
wrote the "Rabbi as Spiritual Prayer
Leader Series" at the rabbinical
school of the Jewish Theological
Seminary, the Conservative move-
ment's academic and spiritual cen-
ter. Robert is founder and president
of Invest Aid Corp., a mortgage
banking business in Detroit. Judy
heads the Tri-Community Coalition
for Substance Abuse. They are Adat
Shalom Synagogue members.
To build student skills, the JTS
rabbinical school's staff and students
sought to examine prayer as a means
to engage one's spirituality.
Robert and Judy Rubin
A self-described twice-a-year syn-
agogue-goer despite keeping kosher
about a variety of topics, including
and sending his three children to
to prepare oneself to lead a prayer
Conservative movement day schools,
service; conceptualizing the prayer
Robert Rubin had a transcendent
service as a living, breathing entity
experience while attending services at
critical for individual spiritual growth,
a New York synagogue.
how to identify and create com-
"I once heard [JTS] Chancellor
through leading prayer.
[Ismar] Schorsch say that people can
to Rabbi Lisa Gelber, an
only study Torah if they experience
of the JTS Rabbinical
the Divine first," he said. "I finally
School and rabbi of the seminary's
experienced the divine."
synagogue, the series fosters an envi-
That inspirational experience
ronment that encourages creative
prompted the couple to underwrite
and experiential learning.
the pilot spiritual prayer leader series.
Rubin hopes the series will
In the five-month program, rabbis
to "look out of the
representing the diversity of the Jewish
to touch both
world in their approach to prayer and
mind and spirit.
spirituality serve as shleechei tzibbur
"My goal," he said, "is to be like
(prayer leaders) in JTS' egalitarian
Appleseed and spread the
Women's League Seminary Synagogue.
that the Conservative
Following the service, the rabbini-
continues to grow and
cal school students, together with the
guest rabbi, engage in conversation