(A reflection from 2014 graduate, Dr. Julie Leavitt, the week following the graduation festivities at the GTF on May 1 and 2.)
by Julie Leavitt (D.Min. 2014, Rabbi Samuel Cohen Prize in Jewish Studies 2014)
I am so glad that I attended graduation last week. I flew into Chicago from Boston for a mini road trip with my mother. From the afternoon tea to the graduation itself, I felt both honored and humbled by the incredible sacred service that faculty and graduates are doing. Meeting folks like the Muslim scholars working with Christians and Jews teaching a variety of issues, including social justice, to the wonderful woman who creates choirs with homeless people and others that need to celebrate and give voice to their experience, I was truly inspired.
Thank you for awarding my work in Embodied Jewish Spiritual Direction with the Rabbi Samuel Cohen prize offering me future studies at GTF, which I look forward to exploring. My mentor and colleague, Rabbi Avruhm Addison also made the trip from Philadelphia. I was delighted and grateful to share this peak experience with him. If I hadn’t made the road trip with my mom, who enjoyed herself so much, I wouldn’t have known the community that I am now a part of at GTF.