The Centre for Spirituality at Work


Rabbi Michael Lerner
Editor of Tikkun magazine and Chair of Tikkun Communities


Thursday May 13, 2004

5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

The Friends' House, Toronto


Renowned Rabbi Michael Lerner will speak for the Centre for Spirituality at Work while he is visiting Toronto from California -- he will be here for the Spirit Matters conference ( May 13 to 16 and for the founding conference of Tikkun Toronto on Saturday night and Sunday, May 15 and 16 ( Michael Lerner is chair of the widespread Tikkun community of people of various faith traditions who support social change movements ( -- pron'd Tee - koon' ). He has published many books, including "Spirit Matters" and "Healing Israel/Palestine", his writings are often featured in the international press, and he is the editor of Tikkun magazine. He founded the Institute for Labor and Mental Health, and for many years served as a psychotherapist for middle-income working people. He holds two PhD's, one in philosophy and one in clinical psychology.

A core Tikkun belief is that the justice movements have tended to underplay or even deny a very important dimension of human life -- the spiritual dimension. This deficit has limited the potential impact that the movements could have and Tikkun seeks to create a real alternative and spiritual vision to our society's ethos of selfishness, materialism, and cynicism. Rabbi Lerner calls for both the outer transformation needed to achieve social justice, ecological sanity, and world peace, and the inner healing needed to foster loving relationships and a generous attitude to others and the world that is unimpeded by the distortions of our egos.

Join Michael as he talks about:

The Hunger for Meaning in Work and Personal Life: The Critical Need That the Labour Movement and the Left has Typically Ignored

Registration: $30 received by Tuesday May 11 or $40 at the door. Please send your name, workplace, address, phone number and e-mail address to To pay by VISA , send the name embossed on your card, the number, and expiry date. For security reasons, you may want to divide the card number into two separate e-mails, or leave a message 24/7 at 416-482-9175. "Seeds of Hope" is the transaction that will appear on your statement. Or mail cheques or VISA details to: Centre for Spirituality at Work, Box 100, 162 Spruce St., Toronto M5A 2J5. Cancellations: You may substitute another person for no additional fee.

Location: The Meeting Room at The Friends' House (Quakers), 60 Lowther Avenue 2 blocks north of Bloor St. W. between St. George St. and Bedford Rd. Paid parking lot east off Bedford Rd. just north of Bloor, or the Bedford exit of the St. George subway station.


Saturday night & Sunday May 15 & 16 at the downtown YMCA near Yonge & Wellesley

See registration & other details at:

Tikkun Toronto is a community inspired by a diversity of spiritual and social justice traditions and committed to Tikkun Olam, a Jewish belief in healing and transforming the world and ourselves. Tikkun works through the arts, politics and inclusive spirituality in a manner that is caring, creative, collaborative and fun.

Saturday: The Opening 7:30 p.m.

" Opening ceremony and welcoming talk.

" An address by Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine and a leading voice in the Jewish Renewal movement. The speech will be on

Spiritual Healing and Social Transformation:

The Role of Emancipatory Spirituality and a Politics of Meaning in Bringing Peace to the Middle East, Challenging Corporate Globalization, and Transforming the Bottom Line in North American Society,

" Featured evening performers: (in alphabetical order)

Healing Divas Divine song, poetry, and chants

Iron Crescent Muslim hip-hop group: political rap with a twist

Roula Said The founder and director of The Toronto Bellydance Collective

Shakshuka Middle-Eastern and World Music

Sunday: Building the Bridges 9:30 a.m.

Morning activities

" Breakfast and opening ritual

"Transformative stories' panel of :

Janis Galway Co-founder of Community Builders, and facilitator of interfaith dialogues

Michael Lerner Editor of Tikkun Magazine and the winner of an award from PEN-Oakland for speaking out for a "progressive Middle Path in the Middle East that is both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian."

Tarek Fatah Journalist, social activist, and Chair of The Canadian Muslim Congress

"Participatory exercises to explore change and deepen connection

Lunch Activity

" A shared meal, There is Room for You at Our Table, featuring

Healing Divas (Divine song, poetry, and chants)

Pomegranate (Canada's only all-women klezmer band)

Afternoon Activities

" Small group workshops

Geneva Accords and other Peace Initiatives;

Solutions & Strategies for Jews and Muslims in Canada;

Engaging Jewish Communities;

Israeli and Palestinian Cooperative Initiatives

Experiential Creation

Spiritual Drama and Political Performances

Peace Gardens and Earth Spirituality

Starting a Tikkun Community

" Tikkun Communities(in Toronto and elsewhere)

" Closing Ritual

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Last updated May 10/04