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 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 (

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wise aging web2016 High Holy Day Programs @ JMCW

L'Shana Tova!
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. This year, heighten your spiritual experience of the pinnacle of our holy calendar with mindful programs. Click here to learn more!



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With Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt & Elie Greenberg. 
The Shabbat experience you cannot miss!… Every second week of the month! 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. Join as we dance, sing, and discover the deep shabbat within us all.

First "Return Again to Shabbat" of the Year
Friday, September 9 @ 6:30pm
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Shabbat Awakening

Saturday, September 24 @ 9:30am in the Biran Beit Midrash
Join us in the Biran Beit Midrash  to sing, learn and deepen your experience with prayer. This experience is open to everyone regardless of skill level, from new folks to people who have come for years. Join us as we explore our own voices in prayer, find a way in to kavannah (intention) and use music to open ourselves to the liturgy. No previous background in Hebrew or Jewish education is necessary, just the desire to be present and pray.


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Special Guest Speaker Dr. Lisa Miller
In Partnership with MakomDC

Tuesday, November 1 @ 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Come join us for a special evening, presented by the JMCW and MakomDC, with Dr. Lisa Miller, 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.

Dr Miller will be discussing her new book, The Spiritual Child which blends cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child's mental and physical health. Miller will discuss practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's—as well as their own—well-being. In this provocative, conversation-starting material, Dr. Miller will present us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.


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Weekly Meditation Sessions @ JMCW


Sessions include silent meditation and an exploration of Jewish meditation techniques followed by refreshments. Beginners are most welcome!

This year we will be experimenting with a new schedule. On the second Tuesday of the month we will meet for meditation from 7-7:30pm.  At 7:30pm we will join the MakomDC program in the Biran Beit Midrash. The programs we will be joining will be a chance to deepen our understanding of how Judaism seeks to guide us on a mindful path through seeing, hearing, listening, sacred conflict and building an open heart. All other Tuesdays will continue as regularly scheduled from 7:30-8:30pm.


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Mindful Yoga @ JMCW


Rosh Hashanah Yoga and Honey
Wednesday, September 28 @ 7:00pm

We dip a slice of apple in honey to express our hopes for a sweet and fruitful year. Why were apples and honey chosen for this custom?  Join Roni for a yoga flow to help cleanse and renew your energy, followed by a meditation and a slice of sweetness. 


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.

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.