Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington

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The JMCW @ Adas offers programs and workshops 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 are returning for our third year or just stumbling upon 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 (Rabbi.Holtzblatt@adasisrael.org

UPCOMING & ONGOING PROGRAMS

2014 High Holy Day Programs @ JMCW

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CLICK HERE for the full calendar of events!
L'Shana Tova! The JMCW @ Adas offers programs and workshops to help deepen our experience of the spiritual, and create connections to foster a vibrant, diverse spiritual community. This year, heighten your spiritual experience of the pinnacle of our holy calendar with the following mindful programs.

Free and Open to all.

 

Weekly Meditation Sessions @ JMCW

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ONGOING AND FREE – JUMP IN ANY TIME!
Tuesdays at 7:30pm 
Weekly Jewish Meditation sessions on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm, led by Rabbis Gil Steinlauf, Lauren Holtzblatt, Gilah Langner, and Ben Shalva.  Sessions include silent meditation and an exploration of Jewish meditation techniques followed by refreshments. Beginners are most welcome!

     

November is Mindfulness Month!

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November @ Adas is all about Mindfulness. 
Brought to you by the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington, Adas Israel’s MakomDC will offers ongoing programs and workshops designed to help deepen our experience of the spiritual, and uncover the inherently “mindful” spiritual toolkit embedded into almost every aspect of Jewish life, learning, and ritual. We invite you to participate in person and online as Adas Israel’s clergy and guest teachers explore Jewish Meditation, Yoga, Mindful Learning, and spirited Shabbat & Holiday programs. 
See below for more information & see the full schedule HERE.

 

Mikvah Mondays!

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Oct 27, Nov 24, Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 30, Apr 27, May 18
From 8:45-9:45am

The Mikvah opens its doors for questions, curious visits, comments and a safe place to discuss preconceived notions about what the Mikvah is and who uses it. Join us for coffee and bagels, while you chat, read Mikvah ceremonies created for different life cycle events, including childbearing, infertility, and other life transitions. 
The goal of Mikvah Mondays is to demystify the Mikvah and offer Gan parents an awareness of how Mikvah is relevant to their lives. 
For more information, contact mikvah@adasisrael.org.

     

Mindful Yoga @ JMCW

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Wednesdays (8-9:15pm) & Sundays (10-10:45am & 11am-12:15pm)
Closed for the summer, returning in September!

Join us three times a week for yoga rooted in Jewish spiritual concepts. Classes will invite us to “embody” Judaism and can include explorations of poses, meditation, and chant. 

View & Download our full 2014-2015 JMCW Yoga Calendar HERE!

Dress for movement; Mats provided
Yoga beginners welcome!

 

Return Again to Shabbat

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With Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt & Elie Greenberg. 
The Shabbat experience you cannot miss!… In the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidre Service. Join us for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer & song. Followed by a festive Israeli tapas-style feast. See our Musical Moments Program for dates & registration!

Soul, Music & Tapas. For All! 
Join as we dance, sing, and discover the deep
shabbat within us all.

     

The Kavanah Experience for YP's

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Join us on November 19!
Find your Kavanah (spiritual intention) with an evening of fully embodied Jewish practices, as we sample a taste of Jewish yoga, meditation, and Kirtan (call and response music). Try a bit of it all in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Followed by an organic tea sampling to the tunes of zen-like Jewish music! Free & open to all! 

 

Bodies of Water: Honoring Our Jewish Bodies

Pick A Sunday: www.Bodies-Of-Water.org
New dates TBD - 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!

     
Mussar Study with Rabbi Feinberg

Adas Israel is pleased to offer two innovative courses: Mussar in Action and Taste of Mussar with Rabbi Feinberg. As with all Mussar study, the aim of these programs is to help individuals find balance and strength in key inner traits that are essential for leading a fulfilling life, in worldly as well as spiritual matters.  The goals of our courses are to equip individuals with the tools of Jewish spiritual practice – the centuries-old Mussar practices that purify and elevate the traits of the soul, to create a local spiritual group in which participants can share and explore together, and to strengthen the place of spirituality in the local Jewish community. 

Click Here to learn more about which course is right for you!

 

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

November is Mindfulness Month @ JMCW! 

Featured Speaker: Rabbi James Maisels-Jacobson

Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels teaches Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices, and meditation across the globe.  He will join us November 14 & 15 for an amazing weekend of Jewish mindfulness! Learn More.

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! Learn More.
 

Mindful Yoga @ JMCW

Join us for yoga rooted in Jewish spiritual concepts. Classes will invite us to “embody” Judaism and can include explorations of poses, meditation, and chant. Yoga beginners welcome! Learn More.

Morning Awakening

Come join JMCW for an uplifting 45 minutes of mindful prayer and song as we start the day together. Learn More.


 

YP Kavanah Experience

Find your Kavanah (spiritual intention) with an evening of fully embodied Jewish practices, as we sample a taste of Jewish yoga, meditation, and Kirtan (call and response music). Learn More.

 

 

Weekly Jewish Meditation

Led by Rabbis Gil Steinlauf, Lauren Holtzblatt, Gilah Langner, and Ben Shalva.  Sessions include silent meditation and an exploration of Jewish meditation techniques followed by refreshments. Beginners are most welcome! Learn More.

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! Learn More.

Return Again To Shabbat

In the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidre Service. Join us for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. Learn More.

 

Mikvah Mondays

The Mikvah opens its doors for questions, curious visits, comments and a safe place to discuss preconceived notions about what the Mikvah is and who uses it. Learn More.

 

Downtown Study Group

The Downtown Study Group meets (mostly) the second Tuesday of the month over lunch at a convenient downtown location to study texts and grapple with powerful Jewish issues. Learn More.


Meet our Jewish Meditation Leaders!

Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf is one of the leading experts of Jewish Mindfulness in th eNation today. He joined Adas Israel as our senior Rabbi in August 2008. Rabbi Steinlauf had been the Rabbi of Temple Israel in New Jersey since 2001. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University (1991), studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, received an M.H.L. from the University of Judaism in 1994, and received Rabbinic ordination as well as an M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1998. Rabbi Steinlauf was also the assistant Rabbi at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, Rabbi Steinlauf is on the boards of the Washington Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He also sits on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is an alumnus of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and a member of the Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership’s Rabbis Without Borders program.​
 
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt is the director and curator for the JMCW and MakomDC programming in the Biran Beit Midrash at Adas Israel, ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, serves as our Director of Lifelong Learning & Programs developing and directing the Biran Beit Midrash/MakomDC; The Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington, coordinating our adult education programs; teaching; and developing the Return AgainShabbat experience. She has served as the Hillel Foundation Director of Campus Initiatives and as associate rabbi at the Yale University Hillel. Rabbi Holtzblatt was a rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York. 
 
Rabbi Gilah Langner has built her rabbinic practice around healing, spirituality,  and community learning. Born and raised in Montreal, Rabbi Langner has been an active teacher in the Washington DC Jewish community for over twenty years.  She is currently an adjunct instructor at the Catholic University of America and at The George Washington University, and teaches small group study sessions in the Jewish community. She serves as the visiting Jewish Chaplain at Georgetown University Hospital, directs the Washington Jewish Healing Network, and serves as a rabbinic resource to the Shoreshim community in Northern Virginia.  She is the co-editor of the journal Kerem: Creative Explorations in Judaism.  Rabbi Langner has long been affiliated with the Fabrangen havurah and is a member of Tifereth Israel Congregation and Adas Israel Congregation.
 
ben shalvaRabbi Ben Shalva has served as rabbinic advisor for the Harvard University Hillel, Assistant Rabbi for Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax, VA and Senior Rabbi with Temple Reyim in Newton, MA.  He also served as a rabbinic chaplain for Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City and the Nashua Street Jail in Boston.  He now live in the Washington D.C. area with my wife, Sara, and two children, Lev and Avital.I have taught Jewish meditation at synagogues as well as mindfulness meditation in jails and prisons.He practices yoga daily and am currently training with the yogic master Tony Sanchez, and incorporates these lessons into this Judaic programming.
 

NEW & NOTEWORTHY

"A Spiritual Connection at Adas"
by Phil Jacobs,
Executive Editor of Washington Jewish Week

Mindfulness2croppedAn amazing feature from Washington Jewish Week on the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington at Adas Israel: "My eyes were closed, and I was feeling a sense of mental clarity. The clutter of the day was gone for now.Everyone around me that cool November Tuesday evening contributed to a serenity I have longed for.We were meditating over the words of the Torah portion.The only voice we heard from our circle of chairs was that of Adas Israel's Rabbi Gil Steinlauf. The meditation was…" READ MORE…

 

"The Mirror in the Mikveh: Can a Jewish Purity Rite Be Adapted for Teens?"
By Renee Ghert-Zand, The Jewish Daily Forward

forward squarePraise from the Jewish Daily Forward for Adas Ritual Director, Naomi Malka, and the innovative new Mikvah workshop, "Bodies of Water" at Adas Israel… "Ellie is an 11-year-old fifth-grader…and Emily is a 16-year-old junior… Both were inspired to douse in the mikveh after they participated in “Bodies of Water: Honoring Our Jewish Bodies,” a new workshop at the Conservative Adas Israel Congregation in Washington that uses the mikveh as a tool to help girls and young women develop a positive and healthy body image…"  READ MORE…