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Reflections on the GTF by Julie Leavitt (DMin 2014, Cohen Prize)

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(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.