“The rabbi who led prayers was outstanding…felt extremely inspired in regard to praying and appreciating the meanings of the prayers and the music.”

— Lay Retreat participant Winter 2012

Emerging Programs

three retreat participants, engaging in text study outdoors

Mindfulness and Tikkun Middot Project for Jewish Communities (TMP)

A three-year program, primarily funded by John Templeton Foundation, to promote character development in Jewish communities through mindfulness and tikkun middot practice. Participating communities include synagogues, seminaries, Hillels and Federations, led by alumni of the Institute’s long-term cohorts.

Educating for a Jewish Spiritual Life

This three-year pilot is intended for educators, staff, administrators, and youth at select Jewish day schools and summer camps. The goal of the EJSL pilot is to study the impact and feasibility of applying Jewish mindfulness practice to the project of Jewish teaching and learning by cultivating mindful Jewish educators and camp staff, revitalizing Jewish life for youth and adults at the selected pilot sites, and improving institutional culture.