JMCW Slingshot





Adas Israel's JMCW has been named one of America's
Top Innovative Jewish Organizations in 15/16

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The Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington at Adas Israel Congregation (JMCW) has again been named one of North America’s top innovative Jewish organizations in the tenth annual Slingshot Guide. The Guide has become a go-to resource for volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects that, through their innovative nature, will ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving. Find JMCW on Page 21 of the 15/16 Slingshot Guidebook!

guide-COVER-blogA Powerful National Endorsement
Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 112 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide says that the JMCW is “altering perceptions of synagogue life and engagement and is a model for other communities on what it means to be a catalyst for change.” 
Organizations included in this year’s Guide were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results. The JMCW at Adas is proud to be among the 82 organizations honored for meeting those standards.
button square1A World in a Center
The JMCW at Adas was originally created by Adas’ Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Task Force Chair Jennie Litvack, and a committed group of lay leaders in order to meet the increasingly diverse spiritual, intellectual, and social needs of the community. The seed was planted in the form of a few introductory courses on Jewish meditation and spirituality offered by the clergy. The response was overwhelming. And a task force of committed lay leaders, chaired by Adas Board Member Jennie Litvack, partnered with the clergy to build a center that reclaims the traditional Jewish wisdom of engaged, contemplative spiritual practice with body, heart, and soul — for a 21st century synagogue experience. JMCW, housed within the newly renovated worship spaces of a historic synagogue building, has engaged nearly 3,000 participants in Jewish mindfulness programming, learning, and worship over the last 18 months.

yoga treePraise from the Slingshot Guide
The Guide goes on to say that “the JMCW’s transformation of an existing synagogue presents a unique approach to meeting the spiritual needs of a Jewish community.” With generations of Jews seeking spiritual fulfillment in yoga, new age meditation, or eastern religion (as evidenced by the Pew studies’ findings), the JMCW seeks to reclaim the traditional Jewish wisdom of engaged, contemplative spiritual practice with body, heart, and soul. The JMCW endeavors to embrace the spiritual yearning underlying Judaism (and human nature) by designing soulful, reflective Jewish meditation, yoga, worship & learning programs that foster a deeper, holistic Judaism & community connection. The JMCW seeks to make Judaism more spiritually meaningful, accessible & impactful for Adas members, & beyond – fostering community connections between participants, volunteers, and all involved.


Mindfulness2croppedAbout the Slingshot Guide
The Slingshot Guide, now in its tenth year, was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios to include the most innovative and effective organizations, programs and projects in North America. The Guide contains information about each organization’s origin, mission, strategy, impact and budget, as well as details about its unique character. The Slingshot Guide has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America’s Jewish community – and how nonprofits are meeting new needs and reaching new audiences. The book, published annually, is available in hard copy and as a free download at