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Meditation: Creating a Sacred Space

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

Sundays at 4:00 PM, January - April, 2021. CLICK HERE for exact dates and in-depth bios for our guest leaders.

While Rabbi George is on Sabbatical (January-March), we are excited to welcome guest leaders:

  • Rabbi Lavey Derby: January 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.
  • Alissa Hirshfeld: January 31, February 2, March 21. CST member Alissa Hirshfeld studied meditation and mindfulness at the California Institute of Integral Studies
  • Adele Pickar and Judith Richlin-Klonsky: February 21. Friends and longtime Shomrei Torah members Adele and Judithe will team up to lead a session of relaxation, brief study and meditation.
  • Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro: January 24, March 14. Kerith Spencer-Shapiro will be joining us from Los Angeles, where she is the Cantor at University Synagogue
  • Rabbi George: April 4, 11, 18 and 25

Meditation: Self-Care in a Time of Crisis

Calm the Mind and Put the Soul at Ease. 

This series ended on December 20, 2020.

Rabbi George will lead us in a period of meditation and reflection. No previous experience is necessary, all are welcome. 

As we learn to quiet our minds, we see our truth more clearly, and open a path to living a fuller, happier, healthier life.  Jewish Mindfulness adds the teachings of our tradition to deepen the meditative experience.

This course, led by Rabbi George Gittleman, will include teaching, meditation instruction, and periods of silence. By practicing together, we’ll enhance our ability to listen to the voice within and expand our sense of interconnectedness.  The seasons of the Jewish calendar will serve as a guiding theme, to deepen the meditative experience.  

Opening the Heart – Meditation in Preparation for the Holy Days

Ahavah, Rachamim, Chesed, Shalom

This series ended on September 6, 2020. 

In this four part series we will use the Hebrew words Ahavah (Love), Rachamim (Compassion), Chesed (Loving kindness) & Shalom as touch stones for learning and meditation oriented to open and soften the heart in preparation for Holy Days and the New Year. All are welcome

The Foundations of Mindfulness

Explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in theory and practice.

This series ended on August 9, 2020. 

Each session will be devoted to one of the essential Mindfulness teachings and its practice with time for reflection and discussion. New and experienced meditators are welcome. As is our custom, the sessions and the teachings will be placed in a Jewish framework.

Creating Sacred Space: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

Are we happy? Are we living the life we want to live?

This series ended on July 12, 2020.

Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of cultivating our attention to the present moment. As we learn to quiet our minds, we see our truth more clearly, and open a path to living a fuller, happier, healthier life.

Fri, April 16 2021 4 Iyar 5781