Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington









The JMCW @ Adas offers programs, workshops, and services to help deepen our experience of the spiritual, and create connections to foster a vibrant, diverse spiritual community. Experience Jewish Meditation, Yoga, Mindful Learning, and spirited Shabbat & Holiday programs… all within a uniquely Jewish context.

“The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living.”  ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

Welcome to the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington. Whether you’ve joined us at some point since our launch in September 2012 or are visiting this page for the first time, I would like to welcome you. The JMCW offers meditation, yoga, soulful Shabbat services and a space to openly approach the multiple spiritual dimensions of the Jewish tradition.  We seek to open ourselves to wonder, awe, and mindfulness as we journey through life.  Whether you have been a practicioner of meditation for years or are trying yoga for the first time, you are always welcome at the JMCW.  Wishing you all a sweet new year and a year full of wonder.

~Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt (

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Yoga & Kabbalah: Two Traditions, One Path with Rabbi Benjamin Shalva
Five-week mini-series. Sundays: 2/26, 3/5, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2 from 11:00am-12:15pm. Website registration required
Yoga provides us a path to wholeness through the connection of body, mind and soul.  Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, also points us towards wholeness. Through the teachings and practice of Kabbalah, we learn to better integrate body, mind and soul and to reach beyond ourselves, connecting to the vast universe around us. Join Rabbi Benjamin Shalva for an engaging and embodied exploration of these two ancient traditions. Participants will become familiar with key Kabbalistic ideas and will discover, through integrated Yogic and Kabbalistic practices, the benefits of melding these two traditions. No prior knowledge of Yoga or Kabbalah necessary.


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With Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt & Elie Greenberg. 
The Shabbat experience you cannot miss! Join us during the second Friday night of the month. In the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidra Service, this is a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. The lively, soulful service features seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer and song. A festive Israeli tapas-style dinner follows. Join as we dance, sing, and discover the deep shabbat within us all.

DATES & REGISTRATION (click a date to register):
April 14, 2017 (Due to Passover there will be NO Community Dinner. Please join us at 6:30pm for the Return Again Service)
May 12, 2017 |  June 9, 17       


Learn, Chant and Meditate:
A Jewish Experience of Music & Silence

JMCW Introduces the Kirtan Rabbi, Andrew Hahn 

Tuesday, April 4 from 7:30-9 pm Pre-Registration Required 

In advance of his upcoming, full Shabbaton visit over the weekend of May 12th, we welcome Rabbi Andrew Hahn, Ph.D., the Kirtan Rabbi, who will lead us in a Tuesday JMCW Meditation sit. The theme of the evening – which we will take on in text and then embody in music and silence – will be: “Why we meditate as Jews.” The May visit will expand upon this theme, so come and get a jump start!

Rabbi Andrew Hahn, Ph.D. (affectionately: Reb Drew), is known as both the Kirtan Rabbi and — depending upon which phone booth he exits — also as the Tai Chi Rabbi. He has pioneered Kirtan in the Jewish world, criss-crossing the globe to offer communal call-and-response chant concerts and meditation seminars. 


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View the JMCW Winter/Spring 2017 Schedule HERE!
Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:45pm Moving Meditation Vinyasa Flow Sundays 11:00am – 12:15pm Moving Meditation Yogic Flow

JMCW Yoga has reshaped our yoga program to include new weekly class offerings. In addition to our weekly classes, we will be rolling out 5 fall Jewish Yoga workshops led by beloved members of the Adas yoga teacher community. Classes are open to the public and all mats and props are provided. $10 suggested donation

Questions? Contact Lauren Rubenstein, JMCW Yoga Coordinator


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Weekly Meditation Sessions @ JMCW

Tuesdays at 7:30pm
Sessions include silent meditation and an exploration of Jewish meditation techniques followed by refreshments. Beginners are most welcome!

Led by one of four rabbis, the sessions include a teaching, an exploration of Jewish meditation techniques, and a silent meditation sit. Tea and treats available before and after the session. Beginners and experienced meditators alike are most welcome!


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Bodies of Water: Honoring Our Jewish Bodies

Pick A Sunday:
Join us for an afternoon of interactive learning about Jewish approaches and Mikvah spirituality for promoting a positive body image. Open to women and girls, ages 10 and up. Come with your daughters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, or friends for an extra special experience! For more information, contact Naomi Malka.


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Morning Awakening

Tuesdays at 9:15am 
Come join JMCW for an uplifting 45 minutes of mindful prayer and song as we start the day together. Morning Awakening is a new take on the traditional Jewish morning service.  Start your Tuesday with a dose of mindfulness, only at JMCW. Led by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt.


Jewish Mindfulness from the Rabbis

Jewish Mindfulness Resources from our Clergy and Guests:

The Jewishness of Jewish Mindfulness
By Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

What is Jewish Meditation?
By Rabbi Gilah Langner

Why Jews Should NOT Believe in God 
Rosh Hashanah 2013 Sermon by Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Claiming the Space
Rosh Hashanah Sermon in the new Biran Beit Midrash
by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt


JMCW @ ADAS Wins Second Slingshot Award!
See The Slingshot Video

For the second year in a row, the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington @ Adas Israel has been named one of the top 82 innovative organizations in Jewish North America! Through Jewish Mindfulness practices, meditation, yoga, and spirited learning & worship, the JMCW seeks to reclaim an embodied Jewish experience with body, heart, and soul for a 21st century synagogue life. Click Here to Learn More.


Past Events @ JMCW

Featured Speaker: Rabbi James Maisels-Jacobson

Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels teaches Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices, and meditation across the globe.  He joined us on November 14 & 15 2015 for an amazing weekend of Jewish mindfulness! Click here to watch this event on adaslive!

Meditation with Sylvia Boorstein

JMCW hosted a very special session with nationally renowned practitioner, Sylvia Boorstein. Sylvia Boorstein is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, where she leads a popular weekly class on Wednesday mornings. She is also a Senior Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She lectures nationally on mindfulness; she teaches vipassana and metta meditation. 

Jewish Spirituality with Rabbi Rachel Cowan

In 2007 and 2012, Rabbi Cowan was selected as one of the 50 most influential rabbis by Newsweek magazine, and in 2010 was chosen as one of the 50 most influential women rabbis by the Forward.

Mindful Jewish Meditation with Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appel

The cutting edge of the integration of mindful meditation and Judaism with Rabbi Bendat-Appell, of the rabbinic faculty of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in New York, and co-founder of the Center for Jewish Mindfulness in Chicago. Click here to watch this event on adaslive!

Mind, Body, & Soul with Rabbi Alan Morinis
We entered the World of Mussar with Alan Morinis, a leading interpreter of Mussar teachings and practices, and looked at ways to help our individual souls break through the barriers that surround and obstruct the flow of inner light in our lives.

Make Real and Lasting Change One Week at a Time with Mussar Yoga

Edith Brotman, author of Mussar Yoga, hosted a workshop at which we will learned more about this artful blend of an ancient, Jewish spiritual practice of self-inquiry and change with Patanjali's 8 Limbs of Yoga.

YP Kavanah Experience 

A triannual event of Kavanah (spiritual intention) with fully embodied Jewish practices, includes a taste of Jewish yoga, meditation, learning and kirtan in a relaxed, welcoming environment. For more information contact Judd Holtzman.

Mindful Parenting with Rabbi Holtzblatt

An exploration of loving, giving, teaching, disciplining, and growing our children from a Jewish perspective, led by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt.  Parents with children ages 0-10 are encouraged, all are welcome!

How To Series: How To Daven & Have It Be Meaningful

Join Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf for a special workshop designed to bring meaning and mindfulness to your prayer practice.  You don't want to miss this one!


Spiritual Shofar Blowing

Led by Jennie Litvack. We took a deep breath and learned all about the shofar. This hands-on workshop, covered biblical references and spiritual interpretations of shofar blowing, along with techniques of lip buzzing, tonguing, and deep, soulful breathing. Read this great Huffington Post article on our Shofar classes. Listen to Jennie on NPR.

Immersing in Holiness: A New Year Mikvah Renewal

We entered the waters of renewal in time for the High Holy Days in this intimate, intensive workshop. Participants sang, shared stories, meditated, studied text ,and moved toward a place of wholeness, with the choice to experience private mikvah immersions as well. 

Photograhic Meditation on Rosh HaShana

Led by Betty Adler. A 2-hr program using metaphorical imagery, chanting, and a short sit to open the channels for the coming year.  What are the attributes you would like to enhance, bring into greater consciousness?  Compassion?  Patience?  Love? Using a cell phone camera, you are invited to explore inwardly and then photograph the metaphor for the attribute you want to bring out in your life. Learn more in this Huffington Post article.

Preparing Body and Soul through Mindful Moments

Led by Susan Barocas and Michelle Buzgon. Calming our bodies and minds, opening our hearts, and awakening our spirits through mindful practices can help us move into the new year refreshed, alert, and enthusiastic. Susan Barocas and Michelle Buzgon helped us concentrate on the sounds and rhythms of deep breathing, guided meditation, and melodic chanting to increase our sense of well-being and ability to accept the joys and sorrows of life. An elevating Yom Kippur experience.

Exploring the Path of Your True Nature: A Meditative Hike

The inspiration of nature can help us unite mind, body, and spirit to connect with the present moment and contemplate our true nature. For Rosh Hashannah, Judd Holtzman led a gentle hike through Rock Creek Park.

Hanukkah Meditation

Led by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt. Focusing on the spirit of Hanukkah, accompanied by the illumination of the Hanukkiah.


Balanced in the Light

Led by Rabbi Gilah Langer and Naomi Malka. A warm and powerful Mikvah Experience for the Fourth Night of Hanukkah.