Marcus E.

Location:

Philadelphia, PA

Member since:

February 1, 2013

What do you hope to get from this meetup?

I intend to meet my life partner -- a deep, playful, intellectually brilliant but heart-centered & vibrantly alive woman who loves her real self & is passionately & knowledgeably Jewish. (I am also happy to meet other wonderful people in the group!) Here is my vision of my both conscious & consciously Jewish mate: You are a sexy female Jewish genius...! Kidding. Maybe not genius, but very smart & somewhat of an original & independent thinker when it comes to the philosophical, the psychological, the literary, the historical, & the political/societal. You are also caring, kind & compassionate: Kindness is at least as valuable to you as the 'heady' brilliance you may long to share. You are also sensual: not just "in your head". You have an open heart and you know how to be present. You are a good, open, no-blame communicator of your feelings, thoughts & desires. You feel good about yourself & know your own intrinsic value & equality w/ everyone (continued below...)

What does 'spiritual' mean to YOU?

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What Jewish spiritual practices are most meaningful to you?

…& WITH that love & self-awareness, you are comfortably authentic, open, & self-revealing - & creatively playful & fun! … Now: *THIS* question's answer! : Many, but w/ the emphasis on kavannah - inner intention - not on ritual alone. I care about an awareness of J. history & identity & the meaning of these, & sharing that is itself a sp. practice. I also speak some Hebrew, & would love to share that w/ others. I go to a Hebrew 'kirtan' chanting service that my friend, a very unusual, & amazingly musical rabbi, leads; & he & I used to co-lead that synagogue's retreat program for 10 years: 4x/year, we took 40 12 & 13 year-olds on 3-day retreats for holistic Jewish learning. (Do you know what it's like to lead FORTY *12* & *13* year-old JEWISH girls & boys for 3 days?!!)

Do you identify with a particular movement or group within Judaism?

No. Pan-Judaic. : ) I was brought up in a Conservative synagogue, yet I have gone to Reform and Reconstructionist and Renewal congregations. I have spent substantial time in Israel and as a progressive, social-justice Zionist, despite all its flaws, I love Israel and what it is in its true heart, behind the fear and armoring: what it should and can be.

One major objective of our meetings will be to help each of us achieve more of our unlimited potential. Is that something that would interest you?

How could it not?!!

Introduction

Hi! I'm Marcus, and I am a personal growth counselor in private practice (Relation-Shift.org)­ in W.Mt. Airy - the very green & progressive part of Philadelphia. I lived in Manhattan for 2 years &, after moving to Philly, I discovered I love it here.


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