DLTI is a two-year,
four-week training program
in the Art of Public Prayer

The Davennen' Leadership Training Institute (DLTI) offers a unique, award-winning learning experience to help those who lead worship and other communal events in a Jewish context to deepen the quality of communal prayer so that it activates the body, touches the heart, engages the mind and nourishes genuine spiritual growth and insight.

Employing the participatory approach of an intensive master class, this program coaches participants in the high art of leadership of public ritual and prayer.

The training is a two-year program consisting of four five-day retreats.

The retreat participants become a living and learning fellowship — deeply engaged in the practice and process of communal prayer and ritual. Throughout each retreat the group joins with core faculty and master-teachers in ongoing davvenen, text study, group discussions and coaching.

What you will learn....

The DLTI 10 Cohort concluded its two-year journey in February as we celebrated the 20-year anniversary of DLTI, preceded by our first-ever DLTI Grad. Retreat. Wow!


• Regrettably, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we postponed the first planned session of DLTI 11 with the goal of holding our first retreat in August of 2021– which is in the works! (See dates below) Should this beccome possible, rigorous health and safety protocols will naturally be in place.

We continue to accept applications for DLTI 11 and you can do so by clicking here

(note that the Hazon/IF page still has old dates. Stay tuned for updates)

We will post further updated information as this becomes available.

Do stay in touch, as DLTI remains a community of inspired and inspiring davveners, and the location for many valuable resources.

If you are a DLTI alum, be sure to join our Facebook Page to stay connected.

We send you our heartfelt hope that you will remain safe and well!

–– Rabbis Shawn and Marcia, Hazzan Jack, Hazzan Diana and Daniel Sheff 



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DLTI 11 is coming!

DLTI has trained over 500 participants from every denomination, professional and lay role.

We thank everyone who made DLTI the fabulous adventure it has been, and look forward to resuming our retreats when this becomes possibe.
We are currently in dialogue with our hosts, Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Connecticut about starting DLTI up again residentially. If this is not realistic, we will  endeavor a unique Zoom DLTI expereince for early August. 
This link will take you to the Hazon/Isabella Freedman DLTI page and access to the application: