The Institute for Jewish Spirituality presents The Gift of Awareness for Educators. Jewish Mindfulness for You and Your Students: A 13-Module Guided Journey

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Curious About Jewish Mindfulness Meditation?

Join Rabbi Sam Feinsmith for a free online event to discover what makes Jewish Mindfulness Meditation “Jewish,” why it matters, and how you can start a practice, too.

But did you know mindfulness meditation can be practiced Jewishly? And by doing so, you may experience the benefits of meditation in an even more personal and powerful way? (It may even deepen your connection to Judaism!)

To discover more about the profound impact Jewish mindfulness meditation can have on your life, we invite you to join Rabbi Sam Feinsmith, for Jewish Mindfulness Meditation: What It Is, Why It Matters and How to Start a Practice, an all-new, no-charge online event.

During this 60-minute online gathering you will:

    • Discover what makes a meditation practice Jewish – and the additional benefits practicing Jewishly offers over a mainstream practice;
    • Be expertly guided by Rabbi Sam as he brings a sample Jewish mindfulness text teaching to life;
    • Experience a guided Jewish meditation;
    • Hear from an IJS online meditation course graduate about her personal experience with Jewish Mindfulness Meditation, how she fits it into her life, and what it’s made newly possible for her;
    • Explore IJS’ all-new The Gift of Awareness online Jewish meditation course and receive a special invitation to register.

About Rabbi Sam Feinsmith

Rabbi Sam Feinsmith is a Program Director at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, co-directing the Clergy Leadership Program and the Educating for a Jewish Spiritual Life Program for Jewish day and religious schools. Previously, he taught Judaic Studies at Chicagoland Jewish High School, Illinois, and the Heschel School in NY, where he did cutting-edge work on teen spirituality and mindfulness. He holds rabbinic ordination from YCT Rabbinical School and an MA in Talmud from JTS. He is a co-founder and meditation teacher at Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning, and consults on a number of innovative prayer and minyan-related projects. He served as a Kol Tzedek Fellow for American Jewish World Service, and volunteered in Cambodia with their Volunteer Corps. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife Sarah-Bess and his daughter Elanit.

About the Institute for Jewish Spirituality

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) teaches people who are seeking a deeper and more meaningful life experience Jewish spiritual practices that are grounded in mindfulness. We do this by reclaiming texts and practices from contemplative Jewish traditions, including various forms of mindfulness meditation, yoga, singing, contemplative prayer and working with middot (better aligning our behaviors with our innermost values) — all taught within a Jewish context.

We believe that people who engage in Jewish spiritual practices that are grounded in mindfulness are better equipped to contribute to building Jewish communities that are vibrant, resilient and wise. They are also better able to navigate and meaningfully address the brokenness and complex challenges of our world.

By making these teachings and practices widely available, we seek to cultivate mindfulness, deepen connection to ourselves, each other and even God, and to enliven Jewish life.