Jewish tradition offers rich, accessible, and time-tested resources to cope with moments like these. The Institute for Jewish Spirituality, which has pioneered the development and teaching of Jewish mindfulness practices for over 20 years, is here for you now. We are offering the following resources to our community:
Daily Online Meditation Sit
Mondays – Fridays 12:30 – 1:00 PM ET
Join one of our expert teachers as they lead a live daily guided meditation, sharing 30 minutes of Jewish mindfulness with people from around the world. Open to all, no experience needed.
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Shevet: A Jewish Mindfulness Community for Young Adults
FREE Weekly Sit
Mondays at 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET
Amidst the great challenges and joys of our ever-changing world, spiritual practice in community can nurture our capacity for wise response, compassion, resilience, and well-being. Join IJS and our growing young adult community for 30 minutes of weekly Jewish mindfulness practice for folks in their 20s and 30s. Hosted by IJS Core Faculty Rebecca Schisler, each live Zoom session is guided by a leading guest teacher of Jewish spirituality and mindfulness, and includes an additional 15 minutes of optional Q&A and sharing. Participants are invited to join our Shevet Jewish Mindfulness Community WhatsApp group to connect with other spiritual seekers.
Jews of Color Monthly Mindfulness Sit
Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
2023: Jun 21, Jul 12, Aug 23, Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 1, Dec 6
2024: Jan 17, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 8, Jun 5
Slowing down and resting are one of the ways that we move ourselves to greater liberation. Join us in a space dedicated to Jews of Color (JoC) for a monthly opportunity to slow down together and take a mindful pause. This JoC-led space is one part inspiration, one part meditation, one part community connection! Led by Keshira haLev Fife, IJS Faculty Fellow, Yoshi Silverstein of Mitsui Collective, and other guest JoC leaders.
Please read and familiarize yourself with the “Making Safer Spaces” guidelines. For spiritual practice to be truly transformative, it’s essential to be part of a sacred community of intention striving for safety, whether in-person or online. These guidelines can help us create this community. As a part of creating Safer Spaces, this community of practice is intended only for members of the JoC community. If you are not a member of this community, please sign up for our daily sit and keep an eye out for future sit intensives for an open audience.
*By submitting this form, you are indicating that you identify as a Jewish person of color and that you have read, understood, and will abide by these guidelines.
LGBTQ+ Monthly Mindfulness Sits
Wednesdays, 3:00 – 3:45 PM ET
2023: Sept 20, Oct 4, Nov 15, Dec 13
2024: Jan 10, Feb 21, Mar 13, Apr 17, May 15, Jun 12
Join Rabbi Myriam Klotz, IJS Senior Core Faculty, and guest leaders for a monthly Jewish mindfulness sit offered by and for those who identify as LGBTQ+. In this affinity group space, you can slow down, become more present, and practice mindfulness in community with others who identify as LGBTQ+. Guest leaders include: Rabbis Ari Lev Fornari, Ellen Lippmann, Jay Michaelson, Dev Noily, Toba Spitzer, Rachel Timoner, neySHEV leader Aviva Chernick, and Karen Erlichman, DMin, LCSW.
Please read and familiarize yourself with the “Making Safer Spaces” guidelines. For spiritual practice to be truly transformative, it’s essential to be part of a safe and sacred community of intention, whether in-person or online. These guidelines can help us create this community. As a part of creating Safer Spaces, this community of practice is intended only for members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you are not a member of this community, please sign up for our daily sit and keep an eye out for future sit intensives for an open audience.
*By submitting this form, you are indicating that you have read, understood, and will abide by these guidelines.
Josh’s Friday Reflections
Every Friday morning, IJS President & CEO Rabbi Josh Feigelson shares a short reflection on the week in preparation for Shabbat. Josh weaves together personal experience, mindfulness practice, and teachings from the weekly Torah portion in a uniquely accessible and powerful way. Sign up to receive Josh’s weekly reflections here.
Online Jewish Yoga Studio
Mondays 11:00 – 11:45 AM ET
Mindful body practices help us find shelter right where we are, in our bodies in this very moment. Yoga teacher and IJS faculty member Cantor Lizzie Shammash guides you in an all-levels yoga and movement session informed by Jewish spiritual teachings and designed to relieve stress as we increase awareness of breath and grounding through our bodies. Open to all, no experience needed.
*By submitting this form and signing up for the IJS Yoga Studio, you accept and agree to this release form.
Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Starter Kit
This kit is designed to give anyone interested in starting a Jewish mindfulness meditation practice the confidence and guidance to begin. It includes all the tools and resources you’ll need to feel prepared and inspired.
The Gift of Awareness Online Meditation Course
This 8-module online meditation course offers new insight on how to develop awareness that is more consistent with who you want to be in the world, which will allow you to connect more deeply to yourself, others and Judaism.
The Gift of Awareness for Educators Course
This 13-module online meditation course teaches you concrete, Jewishly-grounded mindfulness practices for self-care and provides you with a toolkit of easy-to-do Jewish mindfulness practices for the classroom—online or in person. As you cultivate calm, presence, loving-kindness, and non-reactivity, you will find yourself better able to support the children you teach and care for—and observe them becoming more compassionate, attentive, and resilient.