To create a global community of dreamers focused on tikkun atzmi and tikkun olam, healing ourselves, repairing the world.
To embrace dream wisdom as a fundamental pillar of Jewish spirituality and impart dream awareness as a spiritual practice for all.
What if we in the Jewish community and beyond shared our dreams with each other? What insights might flow from calling upon our nocturnal messages? How might we, individually and communally, use our dreams for healing our selves and our world?
Dreams strengthen the spiritual seeker and houses of worship, nurture personal and spiritual growth, and empower communities –values of modern Judaism. JASD aims to re-instill appreciation of dreams to synagogue services and individual and communal Jewish life by teaching about the power of dreams in all aspects of daily life.
EMBRACING DREAM AWARENESS
We explore the potency of Jewish and interfaith communities sharing dreams, and draw upon the positive insights and actions flowing from attention to our dreams.
JASD programs and publications dispel the notion propagated in traditional texts that it is mostly men, prophets, and royalty who receive Divine guidance and recognize Divine will. JASD will teach how the sage wisdom of dreams is available to each and every person. Dreams enable all of us to expand our potential, experience spiritual growth, and foster the common good through the guiding, protective, healing, and transformative powers of dreams.
JASD integrates dream awareness into Jewish life through presentations, programs, and classes at synagogues, Jewish Centers, campus Hillel chapters, Sisterhoods, youth groups, retreats, and interfaith events.
JASD facilities localized Dream Circles and teaches individuals, organizations, and institutions to create their own Dream Circles.
The COVID-19 pandemic, requiring social distancing and other measures as of March, 2020 has, for the foreseeable future, required shifting many of our programs to virtual and other digital modalities.
Dreams are integral to all religions of the world. Dreams fill the holy books of the major monotheistic faiths–Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The interfaith aspect of JASD expands the historical roots of dreams in world religions and enhances the power of dreams within and among individual faiths.
JASD provides the opportunity for interfaith sharing of dreams as paths toward striving together to inspire well-being and peace in the home, community, and world.
WHO WE ARE
JOYCE LYNN — JASD CO-FOUNDER
When Joyce turned forty, after a decade as a political reporter in Washington, D.C., she dreamed the first dream she ever remembered. It inspired an elusive scene for the screenplay she was writing and guided her journalism career. A few months later, she faced a potentially life-threatening health crisis. Dream wisdom disclosed information about her physical condition and effected her healing. As a result, dreams have guided Joyce’s life for decades.
Joyce’s parents and grandparents were active in the Jewish community in Columbus, Ohio, where she grew up. The Hillel at Ohio State University built in 1948 was dedicated posthumously to her grandfather, Edwin J. Schanfarber. Joyce learned from the righteousness of her elders the Jewish imperative of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.
On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, 2008, Joyce dreamed a childhood friend appeared at the entrance of the synagogue and Jewish Day School, where the friend was an administer. She and Joyce went inside to the large hallway between the school and the synagogue, the space joining learning and spirituality. The friend removed her shoes, but Joyce was wearing cross-trainers. They left wet footprints on the black marble floor.
Joyce interpreted the footprints as a sign to revive teaching about dreams, which she had abandoned in favor of a return to political reporting. but this time teaching about dreams in the context of Judaism. The dream showed her how to make a difference in the Jewish community as had generations of her family before.
Toward reviving and embracing dreams as a fundamental pillar and practice of Jewish spirituality, in 2019 Joyce co-founded the Jewish Association of Spirituality and Dreams with Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks, Rabbi Emerita of The Temple, Louisville, Kentucky.
JASD envisions Chalom /Dream Circles becoming as popular an offering in the Jewish community as Mah Jongg games are now.
To revive the guiding, healing, and transformative powers of dreams, to support seekers in expressing dream wisdom in their creative, personal, and professional lives and in their social activism, she writes and lectures about integrating dream messages into our life journey.
Joyce is the author of Plum Dreams Diary: On Mothers, Men, Modern Medicine, and the Divine, a collection of dream narratives exploring the female psyche, and Dreams and the Wisdom Within, a memoir, spiritual guide to healing and dreams.
For Joyce, dreams are the language of the soul, the voice of the Divine.
JASD ADVISORY BOARD/CIRCLE OF ADVISORS
Christine is founder of the Interfaith Forum in Columbus, Indiana, A former hospital chaplain, Christine is a spiritual director, who infuses her chaplaincy and spiritual directing with dream work. She is also executive producer of Dreamtime: An Integrative Health Series for the Public Broadcasting Service. For Christine, dreams are our inner GPS — if we listen.
Ilene Serlin has extensive experience in healing modalities and deep knowledge of dreams, the Torah and Jewish practices. She led the Rosh Hodesh group at Temple Kol Shofar, Tiburon, California, infusing the monthly gatherings with cultural and religious lore.
As a psychologist and dance therapist, Ilene has worked in mind/body health for more than three decades. Her focus is healing trauma.Ilene’s pre-doctoral internship was at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angles, where she studied under James Hillman, who founded the archetypal psychology movement.
Ilene received the 2018 Rollo May Award from the Society of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association and the 2019 Distinguished Humanitarian Contribution Award from the California Psychological Association.
Shari J. Berman
Shari’s life-long bond with Judaism intensified in 2004 when she studied for her adult Bat Mitzvah. Chanting the words of the Torah spoke to her; the Torah continues to hold special power and energy. Shari trains b’nei mitzvah students internationally. A past president of Kona Beth Shalom synagogue in Kona, Hawaii, Shari’s mission is to create community by engaging participants so they reap the fullness of Jewish tradition and ritual. Shari is an ordained rabbi by the Jewish Spiritual Leadership Institute.
Shari believes, “Dreams mainly occur at night, when Jewish thought teaches us our souls are entrusted to the divine for safekeeping, until breathed back into us in the morning, I’m fascinated with the divine-dream connection, that is, what dreams teach us and impart into our souls when we open our eyes.”
FOUNDING OF JASD
In 2010, journalist Joyce Lynn and Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks, led “Sacred Dreams: Exploring the Jewish Practice of Dream Interpretation,” a weekend retreat for the women of The Temple in Louisville, Kentucky, where Rabbi Rooks was then senior rabbi. The richness of dreams woven into the Shabbat services and the enthusiasm for learning about dreams by the participants motivated Joyce and Rabbi Rooks to found JASD in 2019.
In March, 2021, Rabbi Rooks launched Shelter of Peace, where she now serves as rabbi.