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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October 23rd, 10:30am – 12:00pm Register Here
Sukkot is a week-long festival that asks us to pause and appreciate the physical and spiritual shelter we've already been gifted before continuing our journey to find a more permanent home. In this workshop, we'll intersperse yoga with writing exercises that will ask us to take stock of our own harvests, so that we can move more fully into 5776 with integrity and love.  Dress comfortably and bring your favorite notebook and pen! All levels welcome. 


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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):
November 11, 2016December 9, 2016  |  February 10, 2017  
March 10, 2017 |  April 14, 2017  |  May 12, 2017 |
June 9, 2017       


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The Spiritual Child – An Evening of Science and Spirituality

Dr. Lisa Miller of Columbia University & Rabbi Holtzblatt
Presented by JMCW and MakomDC

Tuesday, November 1 @ 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Lighting Shabbat candles with our children, helping a homebound neighbor, a special nighttime ritual, the wonder of watching a beautiful bird on a family hike. . . . all of these contribute to the spiritual development of children (and adults!). In her book, The Spiritual Child: The Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, Dr. Lisa Miller blends pathbreaking research with families’ stories to illustrate the crucial value of spirituality to the mental and physical health of children and teens. Come join us as we study together to combine new research results with Jewish texts, explore practical suggestions, and share a contemplative sit.

Dr. Miller is a Professor of Psychology and Education, Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University, Teachers College and Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology.


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Meditation Class with Rabbi Yoel Glick

Tuesday, December 6th @ 7:30pm – 9pm
On Tuesday, December 6th Rabbi Yoel Glick will be leading Meditation for JMCW in the Gewirz Beit Am. Rabbi Yoel Glick is a teacher of Jewish meditation and spiritual wisdom who has been teaching and guiding seekers on the path for over thirty years. He has taught in the U.S., Canada, Israel Asia and Europe to audiences of all denominations from Orthodox to Jewish Renewal and Reform as well as a variety of Interfaith settings. Learn more about Rabbi Yoel Glick here.



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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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View the JMCW Fall 2016 Schedule HERE!
Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:45pm Moving Meditation Vinyasa Flow Sundays 11:00am – 12:15pm Moving Meditation Yogic Flow

In this new year of 2016-2017, 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. Please keep your eyes peeled for pop-up offerings as well, this is going to be an exciting year for JMCW yogis! Classes are open to the public and all mats and props are provided. $10 suggested donation

Please direct any questions about yoga to Alesandra Zsiba, JMCW Yoga Coordinator:



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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.



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.


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.