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Directory of Local Programming

Looking to engage in Jewish spiritual practice, right in your community?
The Institute is committed to supporting a growing network of practice that reflects local needs and culture. To that end, we are pleased to present this directory of programs taking place around the country, led or influenced by Institute-trained leaders. Reach out to the contact provided for each offering, to make sure that it is meeting when and where noted, and can accommodate you.

Click here for a map of the program offerings.

Arizona


Scottsdale


The New Shul

7825 E. Paradise Lane Scottsdale Arizona 85260 United States
Website URL: thenewshul.org
Program 1: Mussar Study Groups (Tikkun Middot Project)
Contact Info: Rabbi Michael Wasserman, mhwasserman@thenewshul.org
Meeting Time: Tuesday 7:30 PM Approximately every other week

Program 2: Community Davening
Contact Info: Rabbi Elana Kanter and Rabbi Michael Wasserman
Meeting Time: Saturday Anytime after 9am, until noon. Weekly, without exception

Program 3: Women’s Retreat (http://womenlearning.org/)
Contact Info: Rabbi Elana Kanter, elanakanter@thenewshul.org
Meeting Time: Yearly Last Sunday to Last Tuesday in July. 3pm Sunday to 11am Tuesday yearly, always in July

California


Los Angeles


Jewish Mindfulness Network

11485 Biona Drive Los Angeles California 90066 United States
Website URL: www.ravjill.com
Program 1: Hineni: Mindful Heart Community
Contact Info:  Rabbi Jill Zimmerman rabbijillz@gmail.com

Program 3: Returning Home: Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days (http://www.ravjill.com/returning-home-spiritual-preparation-for-the-high-holy-days/)
Contact Info: Rabbi Jill Zimmerman rabbijillz@gmail.com
Meeting Time:Thursday 7:00 – 8:15 Pacific weekly (4)

Shomrei Torah Synagogue

7353 Valley Circle Boulevard West Hills California 91304 United States
Website URL: www.shomreitorahsynagogue.org
Program 1: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Rabbi Beth Lieberman and Ellen Cervantes ellen.cervantes91304@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Every other Tuesday, 7:45 pm

Temple Beth Am

1039 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles California 90035 United States
Website URL: www.tbala.org
Program 1: Meditation Plus
Contact Info: Rabbi Ruth Sohn ruthsohn@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Saturday, 9:15-10:15 am

Sacramento


Congregation B’nai Israel
3600 Riverside Blvd. Sacramento CA 95818 United States
Website URL: bnais.com
Program 1: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
Meeting Time: 2 Tuesdays a month 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm on going drop in class
Program 2: Kavanah ShabbatContact Info: Saturday 10:30-12:00 various times during the year
Meeting Time: Deni Deutsch Marshall denimarshall@gmail.com

Program 3: Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days
Contact Info: Deni Deutsch Marshall denimarshall@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Thursday 7:00 pm – 8 :30 pm Four sessions Aug 20, 27, Sept 3, Sept 10

San Francisco


Congregation Beth Israel Judea

625 Brotherhood Way San Francisco CA 94132 United States
Website URL: www.bij.org
Program 1: Mindfulness Meditation
Contact Info: Rabbi Danny Gottlieb rabbigottlieb@bij.org
Meeting Time: Friday 8:30-9:30am weekly

Program 2: Sacred Chant and Drum
Contact Info: Rabbi Danny Gottlieb rabbigottlieb@bij.org
Meeting Time: Friday 7:30-9:00pm monthly, on 4th Friday of the calendar month

Program 3: Torah Study
Contact Info: Rabbi Danny Gottlieb rabbigottlieb@bij.org
Meeting Time: Saturday 8:45-9:45am weekly

Tiburon


Center for Jewish Spirituality of Congregation Kol Shofar

215 Blackfield Drive Tiburon CA 94920 United States
Website URL: www.kolshofar.org/center-for-jewish-spirituality/
Program 1: Shabbat Sit
Contact Info: Rabbi Chai Levy clevy@kolshofar.org
Meeting Time: Saturday 11:30-12 weekly

Program 2: Kol Neshama Minyan
Contact Info: Rabbi Chai Levy clevy@kolshofar.org
Meeting Time: Second Saturday of the month, 10-12

Program 3: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Rabbi Chai Levy clevy@kolshofar.org
Meeting Time: Sunday, 10:30-12:30, every other week

Colorado


Denver


Kavod Senior Life

22 South Adams Street Penthouse Denver Colorado 80209 United States
Website URL: www.kavodseniorlife.org
Program: Spiritual Quest
Contact Info: Connie Moore cmoore@kavodseniorlife.org
Meeting Time: Thursday 2-3 pm 2d and 4th Thursdays 

Connecticut


Stamford


Temple Sinai
458 Lakeside Dr. Stamford CT 6903 United States
Program 1: Neshama Yoga
Contact Info: Jackie Tepper assistant@templesinaistamford.org
Meeting Time: Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00pm weekly

Program 2: The Shabbat Experience
Contact Info:  Rabbi Jay TelRav ravtelrav@templesinaistamford.org
Meeting Time: Friday 7:30pm – 9:00pm Monthly

Program 3: ZenTangle
Contact Info: Cantor Micah Morgovsky cantor@templesinaistamford.org
Meeting Time: Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00pm weekly

Florida


Tampa


Congregation Beth Am

2030 W. Fletcher Ave Tampa FL 33612 United States
Website URL: www.BethAmTampa.org
Program: Making Prayer Real
Contact Info: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg RabbiRosenberg@BethAmTampa.org
Meeting Time: Saturday 8:00-10:00 (variable) 2/month

Illinois


Chicago


Congregation Beth Shalom
4718C Church Street Skokie IL 60076 United States
Website URL: www.napershalom.org
Program: Shabbat Sacred Drumming Circle
Contact Info: Hasha Musha Perman hashamusha@gmail.com
Meeting Time: 3rd Friday of each month, 6:30-7:30pm

Orot
1224 Dempster St. (at Beth Emet) Evanston IL 60202 United States
Website URL: www.orotcenter.org
Program: Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning
Contact Info:  Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman orotchicago@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Tuesday, various days of the week, check website 7:30-9pm weekly, quarterly half-day retreats and days of learning

Maryland


Bethesda


Independent 

4848 Battery Lane, Suite 202, Bethesda, MD 20815 United States
Website URL: www.franzamore.com
Program: Aging With Wisdom and Grace
Contact Info: Fran Zamore fran.zamore@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Wednesday, 10-noon

Chevy Chase


Shirat HaNefesh

North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway Chevy Chase MD 20815 United States
Website URL: http://shirathanefesh.org/
Program: Meditation embeded within services, and quarterly working group meetings
Contact Info: Ira Zukerman zukerman.family@comcast.net
Meeting Time: Saturday, every Saturday & quarterly Sat 9:30 – 12; meditation near 10:15 both weekly during services, and quarterly

Massachusetts


Amherst


Independent/Moving Mentor, Inc.

123 Maplewood Circle Amherst MA 1002 United States
Program: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Barbara (Batya) Perman, batya1818@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Thursday 7:15-9:15 p.m. 8 weeks.

Lexington


Temple Emunah
9 Piper Road Lexington MA 2421 United States
Website URL: http://templeemunah.org/
Program 1
: Jewish Spirituality Group
Contact Info: Barbara Neustadt barbneus7@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Tuesday, Thursday 7:30 – 9:00 PM Monthly

Program 2: Shabbat Morning Meditation
Contact Info: Miriam Sadofsky miriam_sadofsky@hotmail.com
Meeting Time: Saturday monthly

Newton


Independent

38 Ballard Street Newton MA 2459 United States
Program 1: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Dr. Sherry Israel, israel@brandeis.edu
Meeting Time: Sunday, other days possible according to members’ needs Fall and Spring months Six sessions, biweekly.

Program 2: Sherry Israel (spiritual direction to individuals)
Contact Info: Sherry Israel israel@brandeis.edu
Meeting Time: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday all year, by individual choice

West Roxbury


Temple Hillel B’nai Torah
Temple Hillel B’nai Torah 120 Corey Street West Roxbury MA 2132 United States
Website URL: www.templehbt.org
Program 1: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Dr. Sherry Israel, israel@brandeis.edu
Meeting Time: Sunday 4 to 6 pm every other week for 6 weeks beginning in October.

Program 2: Chanting Shabbat
Contact Info: Rabbi Barbara Penzner rabbi@templehbt.org
Meeting Time: 10 to noon five times a year, starting October 17

Program 3: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Dr. Sherry Israel, israel@brandeis.edu
Meeting Time: Sunday 1-3 alternate weeks for six sessions

Program 4: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Dr. Sherry Israel, israel@brandeis.edu
Meeting Time: not yet determined, biweekly for six sessions

Minnesota


Minneapolis


Shir Tikvah Congregation

1360 West Minnehaha Parkway Minneapolis Minnesota 55419 United States
Website URL: www.shirtikvah.net
Program 1: Wise Aging with Debra Rappaport (http://shirtikvah.net/AdultEducation)
Contact Info: Rabbi Debra Rappaport rabbirappaport@shirtikvah.net
Meeting Time: Please contact Rabbi Rappaport early afternoon bi-weekly, ten sessions

Program 2: Monthly Mussar
Contact Info: Sara Lynn Newberger sara.lynn@ttsp.org
Meeting Time: Thursday 7:00 -8:30 Monthly, ten sessions

St. Paul


Hineni: Talmud Torah of St. Paul

768 Hamline Av. S. St. Paul MN 55116 United States
Website URL: ttsp.org
Program 1: Contemplative Chanting
Contact Info: Sara Lynn Newberger sara.lynn@ttsp.org
Meeting Time: Thursday 7:00-8:00 PM every other week

Program 2: Torah and Mindfulness through the Lens of Hasidic Masters (ttsp.org/node/235)
Contact Info: Sara Lynn Newberger sara.lynn@ttsp.org
Meeting Time: Tuesday 8:15-9:15 AM every other week

Program 3: Yoga and Torah for Your Body and Soul (http://ttsp.org/node/368)
Contact Info: Sara Lynn Newberger sara.lynn@ttsp.org
Meeting Time: Sunday 4:00-5:30 PM once a month

Missouri


St. Louis


Congregation Shaare Emeth

11645 Ladue Rd St Louis Missouri 63141 United States
Program 1: Intro to Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
Contact Info: Rabbi Andrea Goldstein agoldstein@sestl.org
Meeting Time: Monday 7-8:30pm weekly for four weeks

Program 2: Mindful Parenting
Meeting Time: Tuesday mornings 4 weeks

Program 3: Tikkun Middot
Meeting Time: Wednesday 7-8:30pm monthly

New Hampshire


Nashua


Independent

4 Raymond Street Nashua NH 3064 United States
Website URL: http://www.tbanashua.org/cal.php
Program: Avodah Shebalev
Contact Info: Laura Hegfield laura@shinethedivine.com
Meeting Time: Wednesday 9:30am – 10:45am Alternate Wednesdays, sometimes on Shabbat (9am-10) and Chaggim (check synagogue calendar on website for specific dates) 

New Jersey


Short Hills


Congregation B’nai Jeshurun

1025 South Orange Avenue Short Hills New Jersey 7078 United States
Website URL: www.tbj.org
Program 1: Tikkun Middot
Contact Info: Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz mgewirtz@tbj.org
Meeting Time: Thursday 7:00 pm Monthly 

Program 2: Jewish Mindfulness
Contact Info: Rabbi Joshua Stanton jstanton@tbj.org
Meeting Time: Tuesday, Wednesday 9:45 am Weekly for four sessions

Summit


Temple Sinai

108 Summit Ave. Summit NJ 7901 United States
Website URL: Templesinainj.org
Program: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
Contact Info: Florence Friedman Florenceanne18@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Tuesday 1:15-2:15 pm bimonthly, most 2nd and 4th Tuesdays Cantor 

New York


Huntington


Huntington Jewish Center

510 Park Avenue Huntington NY 11743 United States
Website URL: HJCNY.org
Program: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Elaine Kleinmann, Elaine.Kleinmann@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm weekly

New Paltz


Kol Hai: Hudson Valley Jewish Renewal

6 Broadhead Avenue New Paltz NY 12561 United States
Website URL: www.kolhai.org
Program 1: Kabbalat Shabbat
Contact Info: Shir Yaakov Feit, shiryaakov@kolhai.org
Meeting Time: Friday 6:00-9:00 twice a month

Program 1: Family Services
Contact Info: Shir Yaakov Feit, shiryaakov@kolhai.org
Meeting Time: Friday and Saturday

New York City


Congregation B’nai Jeshurun

270 W 89th st #6B New York NY 10024 United States
Program 1: Hitoreri-Teens kabalat Shabat
Contact Info: Ayala Weisser AWeisser@bj.org
Meeting Time: Friday 7-8:30 Once a month

Program 2: Marcelo Bronstein
Contact Info: Mindfulness service Mbronstein@bj.org
Meeting Time: Friday 7-8:30pm once a month

Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd Street New York NY 10024 United States
Website URL: https://rodephsholom.org/community/adult-opportunities/#va’yinafash
Program: Va’yinafash
Contact Info: Shayna De Lowe cantordelowe@crsnyc.org
Meeting Time: Friday 4:45 pm-5:45 pm 4 times per year

JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave. New York NY 10023 United StatesWebsite
URL: jccmanhattan.org
Program 1: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Judy Margolis, Susie Kessler, Marvin Israelow skessler@jccmanhattan.org
Meeting Time: Tuesday, Wednesday; 10am, 4pm, or 6:30pm; 6-session groups

Program 2: The Jewish Ethical Practice of Mussar
Contact Info: Susie Kessler skessler@jccmanhattan.org
Meeting Time: Thursday, 7:15-9pm, twice monthly

Program 3: Makom: Jewish Chant
Contact Info: Susie Kessler skessler@jccmanhattan.org
Meeting Time: Tuesday, 7:30-9pm. monthly

Program 4: Daily Facilitated Meditation
Contact Info: Susie Kessler skessler@jccmanhattan.org
Meeting Time: Monday through Thursday, drop-in meditation services, 7:00am and 5:45pm daily

Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
135 West 50th Street 6th Floor New York NY 10020 United States
Website URL: www.jbfcs.org/jcs
Program: Jewish Community Services
Contact Info: Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub sweintraub@jbfcs.org
Meeting Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, occasional weekend retreats and other programs varies by program varies by program

Kolot Chayeinu
1012 8th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215 United States
Program: Hebrew Chant
Contact Info: Lisa Zbar lzbar@aol.com
Meeting Time: Saturday 9:30-10:15am Weekly

West End Synagogue
839 West End Avenue #5F New York New York 10025 United States
Website URL: www.westendsynagogue.org
Program 1: Yedid Nefesh Erev Shabbat Meditation Service (http://westendsynagogue.org/shabbat-services-and-programs)
Contact Info: Rabbi Marc Margolius rabbi@westendsynagogue.org
Meeting Time: Friday 6:30-7:30 pm Monthly, fourth Friday

Program 2: Havdalah Project (http://westendsynagogue.org/event/havdalah-project-meditation-havdalah-and-schmoozing)
Contact Info: Satu Ferentz satuferentz@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Saturday 6:30-7:30 pm Monthly, second Saturday

White Plains


Independent

11 Winslow Road White Plains NY 10606 United States
Website URL: bayityoga.com
Program: Jewish Yoga
Contact Info:Laura I. Rotter Rotters5@aol.com
Meeting Time: Monday 7:15 to 8:30 pm weekly

Independent at Beth Am Synagogue
295 Soundview Avenue, White Plains NY 10606 United States
URL: betamshalom.org
Program: Shabbat Yoga
Contact Info: Laura Rotter Rotters5@aol.com
Meeting Time: Saturday 8:45 to 9:45 am monthly

Westchester Jewish Community Services
845 N. Broadway White Plains NY 10603 United States
URL: www.wjcs.com
Program 1: Wise Aging for those 55-65 (website)
Contact Info: Rabbi Pamela Wax pwax@wjcs.com
Meeting Time: Thursday 10-11:30 AM weekly, 6 sessions

Program 2:Wise Aging
Contact Info: Ruth Rosenblum rrosenblum@wjcs.com
Meeting Time: Monday 11:00-12:30 8 weeks;
Program 3: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
Contact Info: Ruth Rosenblum rrosenblum@wjcs.com
Meeting Time: Monday 9:30-11 am weekly

Program 4: An Introduction to Wise Aging
Contact Info: Ruth Rosenblum rrosenblum@wjcs.com
Meeting Time: Sunday 10:30am-12pm 3 weeks

Program 5: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
Contact Info: Ruth Rosenblum rrosenblum@wjcs.com
Meeting Time: Friday 5:30pm 3rd Friday of the month

Woodstock


Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation

1682 Glasco Turnpike Woodstock NY 12498 United States
Website URL: http://lsi-wjc.org
Program 1: Pathways into Jewish Prayer (http://lsi-wjc.org/course/pathways-into-jewish-prayer/)
Contact Info: Rabbi Jonathan Kligler rabbijonathan@wjcshul.org
Meeting Time: Tuesday 6:30pm-8pm weekly, 6 meetings

Program 2: In the Voice of Our Mothers: A New Way To Tell the Story of Passover (http://lsi-wjc.org/course/in-the-voice-of-our-mothers-a-new-way-to-tell-the-story-of-passover-susan-rosen-and-carol-fox-prescott/)
Contact Info: Carol Fox Prescott and Susan Rosen levshaleminstitute@wjcshul.org
Meeting Time: Sunday 10am-4pm Sundays, 8/23, 10/25, 11/22, 12/20

Program 3: Judaism and Christianity: Shared Origins, Different Paths (http://lsi-wjc.org/course/judaism-and-christianity-shared-origins-different-paths/)
Contact Info: Rabbi Jonathan Kligler rabbijonathan@wjcshul.org
Meeting Time: Tuesday 10/15-12/17, 12:15-2pm Weekly, 9 sessions

Program 4: The Torah of Broadway: Spiritual Wisdom and Joy from the Great American Songbook (http://lsi-wjc.org/course/the-torah-of-broadway-spiritual-wisdom-and-joy-from-the-great-american-songbook/)
Contact Info: Rabbi Jonathan Kligler rabbijonathan@wjcshul.org
Meeting Time: Sunday, Friday, Saturday 4:30pm 12/11-2pm 12/13 single weekend retreat

North Carolina


Asheville


Asheville Jewish Meditation Group

229 Murdock Avenue Asheville North Carolina 28804 United States
Website URL: bethisraelnc.org
Program: Asheville Jewish Meditation Group
Contact Info: Ruth Jacobson and Rick Chess rchess@unca.edu
Meeting Time: Sunday, Saturday Sundays: 2 to 4 pm; Saturdays: 10 am to Noon. 2 x month

Greensboro


Beth David Synagogue

804 Winview Road Greensboro NC 27410 United States
Website URL: www.bethdavidsynagogue.org
Program 1: Meditation & Text
Contact Info: Rabbi Michael Ross mross@gso.org
Meeting Time: Saturday 9:00-10:00 weekly

Program 2: Jewish Meditation
Contact Info: Rabbi Michael Ross mross@gso.org
Meeting Time: Thursday 7:00-8:00pm weekly

Program 3: Mussar Study Group
Contact Info: Rabbi Geoff Claussen mross@gso.org
Meeting Time: Saturday 9:15-10:15 monthly

Ohio


Cleveland


Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple

23737 Fairmount Boulevard Beachwood OH 44122 United States
Website URL: www.fairmounttemple.org
Program: Mindful Jewish Living
Contact Info: Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk Rnosanchuk@fairmounttemple.org
Meeting Time: Wednesdays 7:00-8:15pm, once a month

Columbus


Jewish Meditation Project of Columbus

1125 College Ave. Columbus OH 43209 United States
Website URL: www.jewishmeditationcolumbus.org
Program: Asheville Jewish Meditation Group
Contact Info: Or Mars orormarsmars@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Every other Sunday at 5:30pm, one Saturday a month at 9:00am

Pennsylvania


Philadelphia


A Way In Jewish Mindfulness

4101 Freeland Ave. Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19119 United States
Website URL: www.mishkan.org/awi
Program: Various programming – see website for details and schedule
Contact Info: Yael Levy yaell262@gmail.com

Yardley


Congregation Beth El

375 Stony Hill Rd. Yardley Pennsylvania 19067-5810 United States
Website URL: BethElYardley.org
Program 1: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
Contact Info: Florence Friedman Florenceanne18@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Saturday 9:30-10:30 11/17, 12/19, 2/20, 4/16

Program 2: Contemplative Service
Contact Info: Cantor Florence Friedman Florenceanne18@gmail.com
Meeting Time: Saturday 10 am-11:30am 11/14, 1/16, 3/19, 5/21

Rhode Island


Cranston


Temple Sinai
30 Hagen Ave. Cranston RI 2920 United States
Website URL: www.templesinairi.org
Program: Mindfulness is entwined in our Shabbat and holiday worship
Contact Info: Rabbi Jeffrey Goldwasser rabbigoldwasser@templesinairi.org
Meeting Time: Friday, Saturday, Holidays 6:00 PM Occasional

Providence


Temple Emanu-El

99 Taft Ave Providence RI 2906 United States
Website URL: http://teprov.org/Soulful_Shabbat
Program: Soulful Shabbat
Contact Info: Rabbi Alan Flam alan_flam@brown.edu
Meeting Time: Saturday, High Holidays 10 am service monthly

Please note: these programs are designed and offered on a local level, not by Institute staff. Questions? Feedback? Access issues?

Texas


Austin


Congregation Agudas Achim

7300 Hart Lane chapel Austin Texas 78731 United States
Website URL: www.caa-austin.org
Program 1: Shabbat Limud (Torah Study)
Contact Info: Rabbi Neil F. Blumofe rabbi@caa-austin.org
Meeting Time: Saturday 8:30 am – 9:30 am weekly (all year round)

Program 2: Living Judaism
Contact Info: Rabbi Neil F. Blumofe rabbi@caa-austin.org
Meeting Time: Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm October – May — weekly; 30 sessions