“I just returned from an amazing three day retreat that inspired me to new levels of love and appreciation of everything Jewish.”

— Shifra Bemis

Weekly Meditations


Practice in community can be the foundation for establishing or deepening your a woman sits on her couch, meditating with her laptopmeditation practice. It gives a reliable space and time to help build routine, a group of people who can serve as a resource when you are struggling, and an opportunity to recenter and settle yourself in connection with other seekers.

Starting July 26, 2017, the Institute is offering freeweekly online group meditation. These online sessions will be held on Wednesdays, from 12:30 – 1:15pm Eastern Time. These sessions are open to everyone, with no registration required (though you can sign up to receive weekly reminders on Wednesday mornings). Live meditations are limited to the first 100 people who sign into the room, but all sessions will be recorded for anyone to download and listen to whenever they’d like.

Click Here to open the meditation room (room opens 15 minutes before each session).

Click here to download a calendar reminder (.ics).

Past weekly sessions, available for download or streaming:

  • July 26, 2017 – Parashat Devarim (Video) (Audio)
    Preparing for Tisha B’Av, “You have dwelt too long at this mountain.”
    With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • August 2, 2017 – Parashat Va’etchanan (Video) (Audio)
    Post Tisha B’Av, exploring “aliveness” and experiencing a “length of days.”
    With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • August 16, 2017 – Parashat Re’eh (Video) (Audio)
    This very day you have a choice; listening leads to blessing.
    With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • August 23, 2017 – Parashat Shoftim (Video)(Audio)
    Pursuing truth is a foundation of our practice, practicing with truth during this season of Elul.
    With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • August 30, 2017 – Parashat Ki Teitze (Video)(Audio)
    Our practice can help us train in how we are engage in the “battles” of life, but also in a Shabbat-like orientation towards our experience. Based on the Sefat Emet on Ki Teitze.  With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • September 6, 2017 – Parashat Ki Tavo (Video)(Audio)
    In meditation, we can experience an element of teshuvah as “entering into the land flowing with milk and honey.”  With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • September 13, 2017 – Parshiyot Nitzavim/Vayeilech (Video)(Audio)
    Teshuvah is to be found through intimacy with our experience.
    With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • September 20, 2017 – Rosh HaShana (Video)(Audio)
    A guided practice exploring the three main parts of the Rosh HaShana Mussaf service (Malchuyot, Zichronot, Shofarot).  With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • September 27, 2017 – Yom Kippur (Video)(Audio)
    A Yom Kippur practice connected to phrase “…so that we can desist from the oppression that is within our own hands.”  With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • October 4, 2017 – Pre-Sukkot (Video)(Audio)(Sourcesheet)
    A practice for the time in between Yom Kippur and Sukkot, based on teachings of Rabbi Alan Lew, z’l.  How to practice joy in the midst of impermanence?  With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • October 11, 2017 – Hoshannah Rabbah/ Sukkot (Video)(Audio)
    As we finish the Season of Awe, we connect back to essential qualities of the season through our meditation practice.  We primarily look at a passage from Kohelet and it’s use during the Yom Kippur Ne’ila service as a model for our practice.  With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • October 18, 2017 – Parashat Noach (Video)(Audio)
    Our meditation practice can be understood to be like Noah’s ark.  With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • October 25, 2017 – Parashat Lech L’cha (Video)(Audio)
    Wherever you go, you are going to your root source. With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • November 1, 2017 – Parashat Vayera (Video)(Audio)
    A note in each pocket.  Teaching with Rabbi Sam Feinsmith.
  • November 8, 2017 – Parashat Chayei Sarah (Video)(Audio)
    Where did Isaac go after the Akeidah to heal?  He sat in a place of “Be’er L’chai Roi“– with Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
  • November 15, 2017 – Parashat Toldot (Video)(Audio)
    Our practice can be like Isaac (see Gen. 26:11)– a well of living water in a place of spaciousness.  With Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell