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Virtual Meditation - Creating Sacred Space

Upcoming Sessions

1. Sunday, January 31, 2021 18 Sh'vat 5781

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

2. Sunday, February 7, 2021 25 Sh'vat 5781

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

3. Sunday, February 21, 2021 9 Adar 5781

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

4. Sunday, February 28, 2021 16 Adar 5781

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

5. Sunday, March 7, 2021 23 Adar 5781

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

6. Sunday, March 14, 2021 1 Nisan 5781

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

7. Sunday, March 21, 2021 8 Nisan 5781

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

8. Sunday, April 4, 2021 22 Nisan 5781

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

9. Sunday, April 11, 2021 29 Nisan 5781

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

10. Sunday, April 18, 2021 6 Iyar 5781

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

11. Sunday, April 25, 2021 13 Iyar 5781

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Past Sessions
Sunday, January 24, 2021 11 Sh'vat 5781 - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Sunday, January 10, 2021 26 Tevet 5781 - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Jewish mindfulness adds the teachings of our tradition and the seasons of the Jewish calendar to deepen the meditative experience. 

Sessions include teaching, meditation instruction, and periods of silence.  As we learn to quiet our minds, we see our truth more clearly, and open a path to living a fuller, happier, healthier life.  By practicing together, we enhance our ability to listen to the voice within and expand our sense of interconnectedness.

Our Sunday-afternoon sessions are typically conducted by Rabbi Gittleman, a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Program and a practitioner of both Buddhist and Jewish meditative practices over the past two decades.  While he is on Sabbatical (January-March), we are excited to welcome guest leaders:

Rabbi Lavey DerbyJanuary 10, February 7, March 7

Lavey Yitzchak Derby is a rabbi and teacher whose passion is learning and teaching the Zohar, Hasidism and contemporary Jewish spirituality. He has been leading meditation and retreats for over 20 years, and is privileged to count as his teachers Sylvia Boorstein, Reb David Cooper (z”l), Reb Sheila Peltz Weinberg, and Reb Jeff Roth.

His guide and inspiration is Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (z”l). Lavey is the eighth-generation direct descendant of Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, for whom he is named, and is part of a family line of rabbis that traces back to the year 1550.



Alissa HirshfeldJanuary 31, February 2, March 21

CST member Alissa Hirshfeld studied meditation and mindfulness at the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as with Dr. Herbert Benson, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat Zinn, R. Alan Lew, Sylvia Boorstein, and Jack Kornfield.  

She was trained in Jewish meditation as part of her training in Jewish Spiritual Direction.




Adele Pickar and Judith Richlin-KlonskyFebruary 21

Friends and longtime Shomrei Torah members Adele Pickar and Judith Richlin-Klonsky will team up to lead a session of relaxation, brief study and meditation.

Adele began meditating with a CST group around fifteen years ago and later developed a meditation class for fellow residents at Spring Lake Village; since the pandemic shut down all in-person programming, she continued teaching the weekly sessions via zoom.

Judith has studied Qigong for more than a dozen years and taught relaxation practices in community settings as a family life educator.






Cantor Kerith Spencer-ShapiroJanuary 24, March 14

Kerith Spencer-Shapiro will be joining us from Los Angeles, where she is the Cantor at University Synagogue. She serves as adjunct faculty with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality where she was a member of their first Clergy Leadership Program cohort and received training through the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program.

Kerith’s family includes her husband Scott, a musicology professor at USC, and their children, Zev and Frances.

April 4, 11, 18, 25 - Rabbi George

Meditation will be Live-Streamed Here, 

The Zoom link is available in the weekly emails or by email request: If you have any questions about Zoom, please email

If you missed a session, you can watch our previously streamed classes HERE.

To view resources for Jewish meditation, CLICK HERE. 

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