Available for Readings, Workshops, Residencies

Dear Chevre,

I wish to announce myself as available to you and your communities as a Liturgist, Teacher, Prayer Enabler, Performer, Prayer Leader and/or Scholar/Artist In Residence.  

For those of you who don't know me, I am a second career student at the Academy for Jewish Religion (on hiatus this year) and a Brooklyn-based Liturgist.  (Please see abbreviated C.V. at bottom of this post.)  My work is currently featured on Ritualwell and the Open Siddur Project and is used by many communities as part of their services, both regular and life cycle.

This last February I was the Scholar In Residence at the Beth Israel - The West temple retreat in Cleveland, Ohio.  During that weekend, I:

   taught a series of Personal Prayer Writing Classes (for spiritual exploration);
   led guided meditations;
   did a reading of some of my work (http://triganza.blogspot.com/);
   planned and co-led, in collaboration with Rabbi Lader, a Shabbat morning service that used a lot of my alternate liturgy. 

 It was a very successful weekend and I'd love to be able to do the same with you.   I can do any combination of all or any of the above, plus:

    teach a kavannah writing class that will produce work from your congregation that you can use in services; 
   a theater workshop  called Torah (or Prayer) On Fire that explores text using theater techniques;

I'm really excited to collaborate with you to tailor and shape workshops and residencies into a unique experience for your communities.   I have taught these workshops for Reform, Conservative, Open Orthodox, pluralist and unaffiliated gatherings and I respect and honor all of your parameters.
Please contact me at trisha.arlin@gmail.com to ask questions or discuss specifics, fees, dates and details about any of the other offerings listed above.  

Resume, references and sample class handout available upon request.

"The feedback has been extremely positive, and a number of our participants stated that you both inspired and challenged them to think about the power of prayer in their lives. The work they did over the weekend also encouraged self reflection, and allowed them to get out of their comfort zones in order to create a personal prayer."  ------From Temple Beth Israel-The West's Director of Education

"I want to thank you both for organizing such a thoughtful and fun retreat this week.
Walter and I both really appreciated the adult programming - the challenge to get outside of our comfort zones and to think deeply was great. I really got a lot out of Trish’s work with us."    ------Email from congregant in Cleveland to Rabbi and Education Director
"In Trisha’s prayer writing class we learned about and rethought the purposes of traditional prayers. Trisha stripped the prayer forms down to their elements, and guided us in rebuilding them to express the cries of our own souls. Trisha’s deep, imaginative exercises pushed me to stretch and extend my conception of God and my relation to Judaism. Hearing what others in the group wrote was often a profound experience and always a revelation: Listen to how someone else’s life puts its own flesh of words on the same bones."
-----Adult Student in Brooklyn

"Several years ago I took Trisha Arlin's prayer writing class.  I did not consider myself to be someone who could write creatively.  I was also going through an emotional time as I had just lost my wife.  I decided to try my hand at this.  The prayer I will always remember so clearly is the one I wrote on the topic of "Havdalah." I had never been able to write so personal a prayer -- or poem as I call it.  The last lines were:
"Sing in my ear – keep me awake, keep me aware and alive.
Later that night I had an accident when I almost fell asleep driving. I could easily have died.  I will always believe that that prayer kept me alive!"        ------Adult Student in Brooklyn

"There aren't many prayer leaders or speakers who can engage a roomful of people ranging in age from 8 to 80 in a d'var Torah about the ancient priesthood (including a guided meditation), but Trisha Arlin had us all in rapt attention and engagement.  Quite a feat!"
-------Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices Of Our Lives, Brooklyn NY

I look forward to hearing from you!


Liturgist in Residence                                                              
  • National Havurah Committee 2014 Summer Institute              August 2014
  • Selichot Liturgy, Sinai Free Synagogue, Mount Vernon NY          2015
  • Ongoing Commissions for Prayer/Kavannot, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives, Brooklyn NY                                                   2009 to present

Scholar In Residence     
  • Beth Israel-West Temple, Cleveland OH                                 February 2017
  • Congregation Adath Shalom, Morris Plains NJ                          July 2014

§  Trisha Arlin: Words of Prayer and Intention http://triganza.blogspot.com/
§  RitualWell.org  (also featured in 5777 Omer Project)
§  Open Siddur Project, opensiddur.org        

 “WRITING PERSONAL PRAYER WORKSHOP”               Jan. 2013 – to present
o   LimmudNY                                                                    February, 2016
o   Kolot Chayeinu, Adult Learning program                      2013 - 2015
o   NHC 2014 Summer Institute                                           July 2014
o   Shavuot Across Brooklyn,                                              5775, 5774, 5773    

·      “PLACE YOURSELF: Prayers and Words of Intention”, a collection of new liturgy and kavannot to be published in 2017 by Dimus Parrhesia Press
·      "Emet: Truth–Established and Otherwise" in A POET'S SIDDUR, edited by Rick Lupert .  Ain't Got No Press, 2017
·      "Choosing a Siddur In a Pluralistic Environment", co-written with Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, in STUDIES IN JUDAISM AND PLURALISM, ed. Leonard Levin,
Ben Yehuda Press 2016
·      "Kavannah Before Shofar Blowing" in STUDIES IN JUDAISM AND PLURALISM, edited by Leonard Levin, Ben Yehuda Press 2016
·      “We Eat First” Article co-written with Rabbi Ellen Lippmann in THE SACRED TABLE,  edited by Mary L. Zamore, CCAR Press 2011

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