Kirva is the Hebrew word for closeness. The Kirva Institute is dedicated to bringing people into closer, healthier relationships with others, themselves and God for the sake of the repair of the world. Through consultation, practice groups and curriculum development Kirva engages people in processes that deepen self-awareness while strengthening connections with others and God.
As community activists, business leaders, therapists, educators and more, Jews act in bold ways for Tikkun Olam, the repair of the world. Kirva proposes to support this work by enabling people to develop richer spiritual lives based in the wisdom of Jewish sources. A Jewish community made up of people deeply connected to self, other and God will be a people capable of acting with the moral courage necessary to change the world in a sustainable way.
Practical Tools for Connection, Caring, Action
A sense of being deeply connected leads to sincere caring, which, in turn leads to authentic action. This dynamic of growth and action is the basis of all Jewish ethical behavior, whether caring for a sick spouse or working to improve the affordable housing stock in your community. Mussar and Hassidic teachings, in particular, are filled with profound, Torah-based psychological insights and spiritual practices that provide an action-oriented road map that enable people to create a world that honors the dignity of every individual.
With the goal of encouraging such integrated, authentic action, Kirva uses simple, accessible, time-tested practices that enable people to:
- Build a structured and meaningful, personal spiritual practice
- Act with integrity, bridging their inner and outer worlds
- Find personal relevance in Jewish tradition and texts
Kirva’s programs include:
- Weekly or bi-weekly learning and practice groups. Students learn classic Jewish teachings and approaches to integrated growth and action. When based in synagogues these groups can help build authentic, caring communities.
- Consultation and curriculum development for educational institutions and organizations.
- Short-term seminars and retreats for social justice activists, Jewish communal professionals, clergy and professional groups such as therapists.