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Rabbi Susan J. Shoshana Dworsky
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Dworsky Mediation

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St. Paul, MN 55116


Description of Practice

Welcome to Dworsky Mediation! Shosh Dworsky offers mediation to clients from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, of any and all faiths or of no faith at all. She works with couples (including same-sex), family members, professional associates or friends, and can serve as a parenting consultant or expediter. Shosh provides a safe, neutral space in which to explore a conflict and resolve it. As mediator she acts as neither advocate nor judge, allowing the parties to set their own agenda, providing the kind of time for conversation that clients are unlikely to find in a courtroom or law office. Clients will find her to be respectful, fair, attentive, accepting, non-judgmental and broad-minded. The title ‘rabbi’ indicates not that she is driven by doctrine, but that she is an experienced, thoughtful and caring person committed to helping people navigate pain and conflict and live with dignity.

Professional Background

Shosh Dworsky's training in counseling and communication over the past twenty-five years has given her skills which she employs as mediator, counselor, educator, and chaplain. She received rabbinical ordination in 1998 (Jewish Theological Seminary of America) and worked with congregations in New York City and Portland, Oregon before returning to her native St. Paul and joining the staff at Carleton College as Associate Chaplain for Interfaith Life. Shosh has been on the roster of Qualified Neutrals under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice since 2007.


In her private practice, Rabbi Dworsky sees clients who are working on relationships and communication, including family and parenting issues such as commitment, divorce, parenting styles and schedules, financial issues, spousal support or division of assets, and extended and blended family relations. Additionally she has volunteered with the Minneapolis Police Civilian Review Authority, with the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) in Ramsey County Housing and Conciliation Courts, and with Ramsey County Volunteer Divorce Mediation Program.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, U of Minnesota; Masters and Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary of America.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2007    Helen Preddy, U.S. Arbitration & Mediation of Minnesota    Level I Mediator Training
2007    Helen Preddy, U.S. Arbitration & Mediation of Minnesota    Family Law Mediation and Domestic Abuse Issues
2008-9    Dan Simon, Twin Cities Mediation    Transformative Mediation
2010    Ellen Abbott and Beth Harrington, Mediation Center for Dispute Resolution in affiliation with Hamline Universtiy Law and Graduate Schools    Parenting Time Expediting Training


In her words: “Mediation as I practice it is an approach to dispute resolution that brings parties together for conversation and affords them the opportunity to determine for themselves how best to deal with the issues they bring to this conversation. The role of mediator as I see it is not to give advice, but to remain neutral and non-judgmental while helping to ensure that each person’s thoughts, ideas, feelings or needs get expressed. Solutions people arrive at through the mediation process may include decisions to seek legal, financial, therapeutic, or other kinds of assistance outside of our mediation. In mediation they have the opportunity to talk, listen, and think in a safe setting as they work to discern what they themselves need.”


Hourly rate: $150 (sliding fee scale available)

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Civil (general)
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Elder
  • General
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Police
  • Real Estate
  • Victim - Offender

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Facilitator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Counselor
  • Fact-Finder


Dan Simon Twin Cities Mediation Joe Maternowski Hessian & McKasy, P.A. Rev. Carolyn Fure-Slocum Carleton College