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, 2020 as we celebrated the 20-year anniversary of DLTI, preceded by our first-ever DLTI Graduate Retreat. Wow!


  • Due to the Covid-19 Global Pandemic, we postponed the first planned session of DLTI 11 to  August of 2021 (see dates below)

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)

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 here – beginning this August!

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 possible.

We are launching DLTI 11 week one on-line.

We anticipate holding subsequent weeks residentially with our hosts, Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Connecticut .

Week 1, Mon Aug 2-Sunday Aug 8, 2021 (on-line through Zoom)

Week 2, Wed Feb 16-Monday Feb 21, 2022 (Pres Day weekend)

Week 3, Mon July 25- Sun July 31, 2022

Week 4, Wed, Feb 15 -Mon, Feb 20, 2023 (Pres Day weekend)

This link will take you to the Hazon/Isabella Freedman DLTI page and access to the application:


Application form