Barbara E. Breitman

Barbara “Bobbi” Breitman has served as assistant professor of pastoral counseling at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She co-created RRC’s Program in Jewish Spiritual Direction and directs the training and supervision of its spiritual directors. Stemming from her work at RRC, Bobbi was instrumental in creating Spiritual Direction programs at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and at Hebrew College. She founded Lev Shomea, the first training institute of Jewish spiritual directors and co-edited the book Jewish Spiritual Direction. She is a licensed clinical social worker and trauma-trained psychotherapist with a mind-body orientation. She taught Advanced Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Social Work. As an avid yoga practitioner and activist, Bobbi has ongoing interest in how contemplative practices can ground and deepen social-justice work.

Essays

Generational Change: Crossing Over to a New Land

As the Israelites in the book of Numbers undergo a generational transition in leadership in order to enter the Promised Land, so must we prepare to cross over to a new post-COVID-19 world, addressing racial injustice and environmental calamity.

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