Interview with Jerry Silverman — "I wasn’t planning on being a healer"

By Elisabeth Almerini

We are incredibly fortunate to have such a large and diverse community learning and practicing Jason’s work. Because we spend four years in class with the same people, and don’t often interact with people in other classes, it can be hard to get to know our other companions on this path. Here is an opportunity to meet three of them: Jerry Silverman from the class of 2009, Kate Wolff from the class of 2018, and Cathy Novak from the class of 1999.

Jerry was introduced to NKH, like so many of us, by a friend who was in the community. After having open heart surgery, Jerry’s friend gave him a copy of Jason’s book, Kabbalistic Healing, to read as he recovered and, “it spoke to me.” As a ‘rationalist’ with no sense of the divine, the thought of being able to pray and have a relationship with something greater stimulated his curiosity and Jerry took his next step- a Work of Return class with Jason and Eileen Marder-Mirman. Further intri-gued, but unsure about enrolling for the four year NKH class, he attended an introductory workshop in DC with Brenda and Jason, where it became clear that ending up as a healer wasn’t a requirement for joining the training. Surprising things happen once a person begins having honest interactions and talking about “real things” with a circle of like hearted people, and by Jerry’s second year, the idea of being a healer no longer seemed so far-fetched. There was, as Jerry describes, a true feeling of connection and belonging in the class, along with feelings of confusion and “not quite getting what was up with the exercises”.

While it took some time to notice changes within him, Jerry began to feel that what he was looking for- a sense of being solid and settled- was starting to happen. His way of interacting with the members of the men’s group he is part of began to change and he realized bringing all of his unique self resulted in deeper interactions. Another change for Jerry is a deepening involvement in Judaism in a way that is more meaningful than any particular actions. Feeling a multi-layered personal sense of connection to the Divine and a deeper wholeness has become an important part of his life.