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November 1-8, 2018

Returning to the Source: Jerusalem, Israel

(with optional excursion to the Galilee)

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A comparative look at the great religious traditions of the West reveals many similarities. At their core, all – from Judaism to Christianity and Islam – emphasize an inner journey towards what Jung describes as the Self. In this regard, a unique aspect to the psychology and ideas of Carl Jung lies in his embrace of the spiritual as a vibrant, essential part of the individuation process – one which outwardly can be understood as what Jerusalem represents within the context of each of these religions.

Jerusalem, The Golden City, the Eternal city, the city of David – where ancient history mingles with modern-day life and stirs our emotions like no other place on earth. It is impossible to visit Jerusalem and fail to be moved by her beauty, mystery and spirituality. Her history and myths permeate Western religious traditions; yet Jerusalem is also a vibrant, pulsating, contemporary city where art and culture are thriving.

With Jerusalem as our base, we will visit some of Israel’s most important sites, including the newest excavations at the City of David. We will explore Jerusalem’s ancient and sacred sites; experience firsthand its pulsating energy, and enjoy private guided tours at leading museums and galleries.

Led by Jungian analyst Aryeh Maidenbaum, who lived in Jerusalem for many years, and accompanied by an outstanding, internationally recognized faculty, we will be stimulated by in-depth presentations, explore the fascinating, ancient and unique architecture of Jerusalem, travel through the countryside of the Judaean Hills as we spend the day at Masada and the Dead Sea; walk along the walled, Old City of Jerusalem and enjoy guided tours through the resplendent Israel Museum of art and archaeology. Additionally, for those interested, a optional excursion to the Galilee is offered immediately following the program in Jerusalem.

We invite you to join us on this very extraordinary program – one that will be meaningful and exciting for those who have been to Jerusalem before as well as those who will be experiencing Jerusalem for the first time.

Open to the general public as well as mental health professionals. No prerequisites are required. Program limited to 40 participants. The program will entail considerable walking, including uneven terrain and unavoidable stairs. Participants need to be in active, good health, able to keep up with the group, and ready to travel and experience cultural differences with grace. All rights reserved to ask a participant to leave who is disruptive to the program.

If you have any questions call please call our office at 845.256.0191.

Travel Arrangements
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Thursday, November 1
Check in to the deluxe, Dan Panorama hotel — superbly located and within walking distance of Jerusalem’s Old City. Afternoon free to rest and relax.

Evening: Opening presentation by Aryeh Maidenbaum: Jerusalem, Archetype and Living Symbol, followed by orientation, an opportunity to get to know one another, and opening dinner at our hotel (included).

Friday, November 2
Morning: presentation by Ann Ulanov: What is the Self in Jung’s Work, followed by Guided walking tour through the Old City, entering at Mt. Zion and then meandering through the Arab Souk (ancient market place) as we make our way along the Via Dolorosa to the Kotel (Western Wall) and rebuilt Jewish Quarter. Lunch on our own along the way.

Evening: festive, Sabbath dinner at our hotel (included).

Saturday, November 3
Depart our hotel for a day trip to Masada, the Dead Sea and Qumran Caves. Lunch along the way (included).
Return to Jerusalem in time for dinner at our hotel (included) …or, for those who prefer…dinner on their own.

Sunday, November 4
9:00 a.m. Depart hotel for return visit to the Old City — beginning at the Temple Mount (if open for visitors) and including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; Garden of Olives and the Pool of Bethesda. Lunch on our own along the way.

Evening: presentation by Lionel Corbett: The Lure of the Numinous: Jung’s Approach to Spirituality, followed by dinner at our hotel (included) …or, for those who prefer…dinner on their own

Monday, November 5
Morning: presentation by Ann Ulanov: The Self, God Images and What they Represent, followed by visit to the renovated and expanded Israel Museum- considered one of the world’s leading museums. At the museum, a guided tour of its new galleries and older exhibits- including an unequaled collection of ceremonial artifacts from Jewish communities throughout the world; Billy Rose Art Garden; fascinating reconstruction of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period, and Shrine of the Book- where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed. During the course of the day, lunch on our own at one of the museum’s lovely restaurants, and time for shopping at its tasteful gift shop before returning to our hotel.

Evening: presentation by Professor Yoram Bilu, Collective Memory. Dinner at our hotel (included)….or, for those who prefer, dinner on their own.

Tuesday, November 6
Morning visit to Yad Vashem Memorial and Holocaust Museum- world’s leading museum and research center of the Holocaust followed by visit to nearby Mt. Herzl- final resting place and memorials of important figures in Israel’s history, including Theodore Herzl, Golda Meir and Yitzchak Rabin among others… Afternoon free …or (optional) visit and lunch on our own at the bustling, colorful and exotic Mahne Yehuda Shuk (market place).

Evening: Meeting with Jerusalem Jungian analyst Henry Abramovitch, followed by Noirin Ni Riain’s performance of Sacred Music. Dinner at our hotel (included)….or, for those who prefer, dinner on their own.

Wednesday, November 7
Morning: presentation by Lionel Corbett: The Emerging New God Image: Challenge, or Supplement to Tradition?

Afternoon free to rest, relax and visit sites of personal interest.

Evening: Faculty and participant discussion, followed by closing dinner at our hotel (included).

Thursday, November 8
Return home…Or, for those who have signed up for the Galilee excursion, depart for the Galilee.

*Please note: daily schedule subject to change.


Henry Abramovitch, PhD, founding president and senior training analyst of the Israel Institute of Jungian Psychology, is a professor at Tel Aviv University Medical School, as well as former president of the Israel Anthropological Association and co-facilitator of the Interfaith Encounter Group. He supervises “Routers” in the IAAP Developing Groups in Poland and Russia.

Dr. Abramovitch is the author of Brothers and Sisters: Myth and Reality (published in English, Hebrew, and Russian) and the forthcoming Therapy as Performance Art. His passions are poetry, dream groups, and the holy city of Jerusalem.


Yoram Bilu is a professor emeritus of anthropology and psychology at the Hebrew University. His research interests include the anthropology of religion (focusing on saint worship, messianism, and religious healing), culture and mental health, the sanctification of space in Israel, and Moroccan Jewish culture.

Professor Bilu served as the chair of the department of psychology and the head of the Authority for Doctoral Students, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and as the president of the Israeli Anthropological Association. He has been a visiting professor at several American Universities. In 2013, he received the Israel Prize (most prestigious award in Israel) in sociology and anthropology. In 2015 he was elected to the Israeli Academy of the Sciences. His publications include many articles in important journals and two books published in English: Without Bounds: The Life and Death of Rabbi Ya’aqov Wazana, Detroit: Wayne State University Press and The Saints’ Impresarios: Dreamers, Healers, and Holy Men in Israel’s Urban Periphery.


Lionel Corbett, MD, trained in psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute of Chicago. His primary interests are in the religious function of the psyche and in the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice. Dr Corbett is a core faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute and the author of Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion; The Religious Function of the Psyche; and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice; “Jungian Contributions to Development in Later Life”; and “Jung and Aging.”.




Aryeh Maidenbaum, PhD, Jungian analyst, has a strong background in the fields of History, Psychology and Jewish Studies. Director of the N.Y. Center for Jungian Studies, Dr. Maidenbaum received his Doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. Former faculty member at N.Y.U., he is a contributing author to Current Theories of Psychoanalysis. Among his publications are “The Search for Spirit in Jungian Psychology”; Sounds of Silence; Lingering Shadows: Jungians, Freudians and Anti-Semitism; and Jung and the Shadow of Anti-Semitism.


Nóirín Ní Riain, PhD, an acclaimed spiritual singer, has introduced the Dalai Lama at official occasions in Ireland and elsewhere. A theologian, musicologist, and recording artist who was awarded the first doctorate in theology from the University of Limerick, she has written several books, including Listen with the Ear of the Heart: An Autobiography; and Theosony: Towards a Theology of Listening. Dr. Ní Riain was ordained a minister in 2017 with One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in London.


Ann Belford Ulanov, PhD, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City, a member of the Jungian Analytic Association, and former Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary. An internationally known lecturer and prolific author, among her many articles and books are the highly acclaimed Cinderella and Her Sisters: The Envied and the Envying; Spiritual Aspects of Clinical Work; The Wisdom of the Psyche; The Unshuttered Heart: Opening to Aliveness/ Deadness in the Self; The Living God and Our Living Psyche; Madness and Creativity; and Knots and Their Untying: Essays on Psychological Dilemmas.




Our Accommodations

Dan Panorama Jerusalem
The four star, deluxe Dan Panorama Hotel is within walking distance of the Old City. One of Jerusalem’s favorite hotels, its superb location, honey colored Jerusalem stone architecture and welcoming Israeli service reflects the spirit of this legendary city. Additionally, modern Jerusalem, including its many galleries, shops, theaters and museums is also nearby. The Dan Panorama’s elegant public rooms, guest rooms outfitted with all needed amenities, outdoor rooftop swimming pool and indoor health club, make it an ideal base for our program.

Meals will be wonderful times to get to know one another and interact with presenters. Every day will begin with a hearty, full Israeli breakfast, complemented by a wide selection of fresh bread and fruit. Those who have stayed at an Israeli hotel before know what a treat is in store. All dinners are included in the cost of our program though participants may choose to sample some of the many and varied restaurants in Jerusalem.