Congregation Or Chadash 2012 Shabbaton
The Sacred Sexiness of the Jewish Way: Bringing our Sexual Selves into Prayer and Worship; bringing our Sacred Selves into Our Sexual Relationships
7:00 pm - Wine and Cheese reception with Rabbi David Bauer
8:00 pm - Shabbat Services with D'var by Rabbi David Bauer on The Erotics of Jewish Prayer
- Are we aware of the sexiness of Jewish liturgy? Are we comfortable with that? Are we turned on? Are we embarrased? What do our prayers say to us about sex? What do we say back?
Friday Night Homework
- Recite blessings for the body before going to bed (text provided at 8 pm service)
- Complete 10-item questionaire on sexual ethics on-line via Survey Monkey for Saturday discussion (the survey will be made available online on Friday afternoon for those who don't want to use their computers on Shabbat)
10:00 am - Torah Service with focus on bringing the body into worship and study
- Movement Meditation as part of worship; giving the Torah a voice and a body; how to embody the message of the parshah; interrelationship of eros, ethics and holiness
12:30 pm - Shabbat Lunch ($20)
2:00 pm - Workshop with Rabbi David Bauer on Jewish Queer Sexual Ethics
- Text study of a range of Jewish and non-Jewish, straight and queer sexual ethics texts
- Discussion of practical sexual ethics from a queer Jewish perspective, based on informal survey responses from Friday night homework
4:00 pm - Closing prayers
Register Now! If you are not available to attend both days or cannot attend all sessions please indicate your plans to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will plan accordingly.
RABBI DAVID DUNN BAUER IS the founder and coordinator of “The Jewish Queer Sexual Ethics Project” at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at Pacific School of Religion. David's background and training includes nine years serving congregations in New York, Massachusetts, and California; over twenty years of professional experience in theatre, dance, and opera across the US, Europe, Israel, and Canada; two decades of yoga practice; and years of academic study in sexuality and spirituality. The blend of influences has made David a unique pastoral counselor, ritual leader, community leader, scholar, artist, and writer who works eagerly with people of all faiths and ages.
He earned his BA in Theatre Studies and English Literature at Yale University, studied Talmud at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and received his rabbinical ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is also an alumnus of the Rabbinical Leadership Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. In 2011 he became the first Jew to earn the Certificate in Sexuality and Religion from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. In the course of his ongoing engagement in the world of music and theatre, he has studied with legendary music pedagogue Nadia Boulanger and with choreographer Liz Lerman, collaborated with Canadian theatre star Martha Henry, and co-directed Mozart's The Magic Flute with Maurice Sendak. The energy of theatre and the power of music remain central components in his worship leadership and teaching.
While a rabbinical student he interned for a year at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in NYC, served two years as a student rabbi at Congregation Beth Sholom, in Great Barrington, MA, and one year as a chaplain with the Philadelphia Geriatric Center. From his graduation in 2003 until 2010 he served as the rabbi and spiritual leader of the Jewish Community of Amherst, in Amherst Massachusetts. These past High Holidays he served as Cantor and Rabbi to Temple Beth Sholom in San Jose, California.
With Michael Cohen he created Celebrating the Body Judaic – a Body Electric retreat for Gay and Bisexual Jewish men – and he has taught about eros and spirituality for Jewish, queer, and retirement communities around the United States, and at countless retreats and workshops. His essay "Man-Boy and Daddy-God: The SM Dynamic in Ezekiel's Call and Commissioning" was published in December 2011 in Queer Religion, Vol. 2, edited by Donald Boisvert and Jay Emerson Johnson.
Based in San Francisco, David serves as the Bay Area Director of Programming for Nehirim, the leading national provider of community programming for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Jews, partners, and allies, and is the founder of Queer Spiritual Counseling: providing spiritual context and connection to any and all members of the Queer community.