IJS in Your Community

Cultivating Mindfulness. Deepening Connection. Enlivening Jewish Life.

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 offer:

  1. IJS Scholars-in-Residence
  2. A map and local listings of IJS-trained teachers throughout the US

Looking to bring Jewish spiritual practice to your community?

If you have been through an Institute program and are running a group, program, or activity in your area that you would like to publicize on our map, please fill out the Local Program Form.

IJS Scholars in Residence

IJS faculty members are available to visit communities around the country to teach, lead Shabbat programming and either introduce or reinforce the many ways mindfulness practices can enliven the connection your congregants have to themselves, others, and Judaism. Programs can be tailored to address the needs of individual communities. For more information, please fill out the form below.

IJS-Trained Teachers Throughout the United States

This map shows programs taking place around the country, led or influenced by Institute-trained alumni . Please check with the contact provided for each offering to make sure that it is meeting when and where noted, and can accommodate you. And, make sure to zoom in on your area, so all offerings become visible.

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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, [email protected]
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, [email protected]
Meeting Time: Yearly Last Sunday to Last Tuesday in July. 3pm Sunday to 11am Tuesday yearly, always in July


La Jolla

Congregation Beth El

8660 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Website URL: www.cbe.org

Program: Mindfulness Meditation (part of B.E.I.T – a weekly evening of study of Jewish texts, lectures, and other experiential experiences)
Contact Info:  Rabbi Ron Shulman ([email protected]); Rabbi Avi Libman ([email protected]); Dr. Oded Shezifi   ([email protected])
Meeting Time: 11/29/18; 12/13/18; 1/31/19; 2/28/19; 3/28/19 from 6:30pm to 7:15pm


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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]
Meeting Time: Saturday, 9:15-10:15 am

Jewish Healing Center of Los Angeles

Greater Los Angeles Area
Website URL: www.jhcla.org

Programs: Spiritual Direction, Hospice, Healing Services
Contact Info: Rabbi Carla Howard ([email protected])
Meeting Time: N/A

Los Gatos

Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley

14855 Oka Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Website URL: http://www.apjcc.org/jewishlife

Program: Hasidic Havura
Contact Info: Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia ([email protected])
Meeting Time: weekly, Thursdays, 11am

Palo Alto

Congregation Etz Chayim
4161 Alma St., Palo Alto, CA
Website URL: https://etzchayim.org/

Program: Women’s Joy Circle
Contact Info: Carol Hallyn ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Monthly, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm


Congregation B’nai Israel
3600 Riverside Blvd. Sacramento CA 95818 United States
Website URL: bnais.com

Program 1: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
Contact Info: Deni Deutsch Marshall ([email protected])
Meeting Time: 2 Tuesdays a month, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Program 2: Kavanah Shabbat Saturday
Contact Info: Deni Deutsch Marshall ([email protected])
Meeting Time: 10:30-12:00 various times during the year

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 [email protected]
Meeting Time: weekly, Friday 8:30-9:30am

Program 2: Sacred Chant and Drum
Contact Info: Rabbi Danny Gottlieb [email protected]
Meeting Time: monthly, 7:30-9:00pm, on 4th Friday of the calendar month

Program 3: Torah Study
Contact Info: Rabbi Danny Gottlieb [email protected]
Meeting Time: weekly, Saturday 8:45-9:45am


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 [email protected]
Meeting Time: Saturday 11:30-12 weekly

Program 2: Kol Neshama Minyan
Contact Info: Rabbi Chai Levy [email protected]
Meeting Time: Second Saturday of the month, 10-12



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 [email protected]
Meeting Time: Thursday 2-3 pm 2d and 4th Thursdays 



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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: twice per month, Saturday 8:00-10:00am



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 [email protected]
Meeting Time: 3rd Friday of each month, 6:30-7:30pm

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 [email protected]
Meeting Time: Tuesday, various days of the week, check website 7:30-9pm; weekly, quarterly half-day retreats and days of learning


North Shore Congregation Israel
Address: 1180 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022 United States
Website URL: https://www.nsci.org/

Program: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Bev Shurman Lavitt, LCSW, [email protected], 224-306-2248
Meeting Time: Wednesday mornings, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Next group begins Fall 2019; contact Bev for information about how to join.




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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Wednesday, 10-noon

Adat Shalom

7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817
Website URL: www.adatshalom.net

Program: Meditation
Contact Info: Fran Zamore ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Monthly, Saturday 9-9:30am

Chevy Chase

Shirat HaNefesh

North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway Chevy Chase MD 20815
Website URL: http://shirathanefesh.org/

Program: Meditation embedded within services, and quarterly working group meetings
Contact Info: Ira Zukerman ([email protected])
Meeting Time: weekly, Saturday, every Saturday; quarterly Sat 9:30 – 12; meditation near 10:15 both weekly during services



Temple Emunah
9 Piper Road Lexington MA 2421 United States
Website URL: http://templeemunah.org/

Program 1: Jewish Spirituality Group
Contact Info: Barbara Neustadt ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Tuesday, Thursday 7:30 – 9:00 PM Monthly

Program 2: Shabbat Morning Meditation
Contact Info: Miriam Sadofsky ([email protected])
Meeting Time: weekly, Saturday monthly


Temple Aliyah

1664 Central Ave, Needham, MA 02494
Website URL: https://www.templealiyah.com/

Program: Shabbat Meditation
Contact Info: Naomi Mael Litrownik, LICSW ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Monthly, Saturday 9:15-10:15am



38 Ballard Street Newton MA 2459 United States
Program 1: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Dr. Sherry Israel ([email protected])
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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday all year, by individual choice


Congregation Beth El
105 Hudson Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776
Website URL: www/bethelsudbury.org

Program 1: Middot and Torah
Contact Info: Lorel Zar-Kessler ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Weekly, Wednesdays, 11am

West Newton

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
60 Highland Street, West Newton MA
Website URL: https://dorsheitzedek.org/meditation

Program: Mindful Mornings
Contact Info: Karen Arnold & Carole Slipowitz ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Weekly, Thursdays 8:30-9:15am


Ann Arbor

Temple Beth Emeth

2309 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Website URL: templebethemeth.org

Program 1: Weekly Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Sit
Contact Info: SooJi Min ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Weekly, Tuesdays, 1:30-2:15pm

Program 2: Jewish Embodied Meditation | Yin Yoga
Contact Info: SooJi Min ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm



Beth El Synagogue

5225 Barry Street West, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416
Website URL: bethelsynagogue.org

Program: Mindful Tuesdays
Contact Info: Cantor Audrey Abrams ([email protected])
Meeting Time: weekly, Tuesdays 6:30 PM – 8 PM; 6:30-9 PM (Art Class)

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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: every other week, Thursday 7:00-8:00 PM

Program 2: Torah and Mindfulness through the Lens of Hasidic Masters (ttsp.org/node/235)
Contact Info: Sara Lynn Newberger ([email protected])
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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Sunday 4:00-5:30 PM once a month


St. Louis

Congregation Shaare Emeth

11645 Ladue Rd St Louis, Missouri 63141
Website URL: http://www.sestl.org/

Program 3: Tikkun Middot
Contact Info: Rabbi Andrea Goldstein ([email protected])
Meeting Time: monthly, Wednesday 7-8:30pm




4 Raymond Street Nashua NH 3064 United States
Website URL: http://www.tbanashua.org/cal.php

Program: Avodah Shebalev
Contact Info: Laura Hegfield ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Wednesday 9:30am – 10:45am Alternate Wednesdays, sometimes on Shabbat (9am-10) and Chaggim (check synagogue calendar on website for specific dates) 


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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: monthly, Thursday 7:00 pm 



Temple Sinai

108 Summit Ave. Summit NJ 7901 United States
Website URL: Templesinainj.org

Program: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
Contact Info: Florence Friedman ([email protected])
Meeting Time: bimonthly, Tuesday 1:15-2:15 pm, most 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 


East Hills

Sid Jacobson JCC

300 Forest Drive East Hills NY11548
Website URL: www.sjjcc.org

Program: Meditation
Contact Info: Rabbi Lina Zerbarini ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Weekly, Thursdays 12:30-1:30pm


Huntington Jewish Center

510 Park Avenue Huntington NY 11743 United States
Website URL: HJCNY.org

Program: Wise Aging
Contact Info: Elaine Kleinmann ([email protected])
Meeting Time: weekly, Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm

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 ([email protected]_
Meeting Time: twice monthly, Friday 6:00-9:00pm

Program 2: Family Services
Contact Info: Shir Yaakov Feit ([email protected])
Meeting Time: weekly, Friday and Saturday

New York City

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun

270 W 89th st #6B New York NY 10024 United States
Website URL: www.bj.org/

Program 1: Hitoreri-Teens Kabbalat Shabbat
Contact Info: Ayala Weisser ([email protected])
Meeting Time: monthly, Friday 7-8:30pm

Program 2: Mindfulness Service
Contact Info: Marcelo Bronstein ([email protected])
Meeting Time: monthly, Friday 7-8:30pm

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 ([email protected])
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: The Jewish Ethical Practice of Mussar
Contact Info: Susie Kessler ([email protected])
Meeting Time: twice monthly, Thursday, 7:15-9pm

Program 2: Makom: Jewish Chant
Contact Info: Susie Kessler ([email protected])
Meeting Time: monthly, Tuesday, 7:30-9pm

Program 3: Daily Facilitated Meditation
Contact Info: Susie Kessler ([email protected])
Meeting Time: daily Monday through Thursday, drop-in meditation services, 7:00am and 5:45pm

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 ([email protected])
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
Website URL: www.kolotchayeinu.org/

Program 1: Hebrew Chant
Contact Info: Lisa Zbar ([email protected])
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: Havdalah Project
Contact Info: Satu Ferentz ([email protected])
Meeting Time: monthly, Saturday 6:30-7:30 pm, second Saturday

White Plains


11 Winslow Road White Plains NY 10606 United States
Website URL: bayityoga.com

Program : Jewish Yoga
Contact Info: Laura I. Rotter ([email protected])
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 ([email protected])
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: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
Contact Info: Ruth Rosenblum ([email protected])
Meeting Time: weekly, Monday 9:30-11 am

Program 2: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
Contact Info: Ruth Rosenblum ([email protected])
Meeting Time: monthly, Friday 5:30pm, 3rd Friday of the month



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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: twice monthly, Sunday, Saturday (Sundays: 2 to 4 pm; Saturdays: 10 am to 12pm)


Beth David Synagogue

804 Winview Road Greensboro NC 27410 United States
Website URL: www.bethdavidsynagogue.org

Program 1: Jewish Meditation Circle
Contact Info: Rabbi Michael Ross ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Weekly, Thursdays, from 7-8:30 pm

Program 2: Chant Circle
Contact Info: Cantor Katy Claussen and Rabbi Michael Ross ([email protected])
Meeting Time: monthly, Saturdays 9:30-10:30, second Shabbat



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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: monthly, Wednesdays 7:00-8:15pm


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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Every other Sunday at 5:30pm, one Saturday a month at 9:00am



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 ([email protected])



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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Friday, Saturday, Holidays 6:00 PM Occasional


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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Saturday, High Holidays 10 am service monthly



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 ([email protected])
Meeting Time: weekly, Saturday 8:30 am – 9:30 am (all year round)



Congregation Or Ami

9400 W Huguenot Rd, Richmond, VA 23235
Website URL: www.or-ami.com

Program: Shabbat Evening Meditation
Contact Info: Lisa Halberstadt ([email protected])
Meeting Time: Monthly, Friday, 7-7:30pm