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The Wellness Center of Adas Israel

“The day you were born is the day God decided that the world could not exist without you.” – Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

The Briyut Center at Adas Israel is a new project and partnership between Hesed and The Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington. We seek to jointly create a space to celebrate, to study, to be with joy and sadness, and to face openly all that we encounter on the road of life. This new center will offer text classes on mindful practices developed by Jewish mystics, celebrations of our changing bodies, support groups and mindful support for families with infant/young children.


Jewish Mindfulness Center Of Washington


End of Life Conversations, Part II - a 3 part series

Sunday, December 8 @ 10am - Your End of Life Plan Register Here
Sunday, January 26 @ 10am - Your End of Life Experience Register Here
Sunday, March 1 @ 10am - Your End of Life - Is There An Afterlife? Register Here

Following last year’s successful experience, the Adas Israel Hesed and Bereavement Committees are announcing a new 3-part series: End of Life Conversations, Part II. These sessions are uplifting, intellectually stimulating and practical. How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation we aren’t having. Conversations are geared to all ages. Sessions are not restricted to Adas members and there is no cost but registration is requested. Please join us for any or all of the session but register for each session individually.



WellBodies: A Monthly Course in Embodied Judaism

December 17, January 29, February 26, March 24, April 22, May 26 @ 11:30am
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What does it mean to live in your body? What does it mean to live in a Jewish body? Explore the concept of the body from a Jewish perspective with us once a month from September 2019 through June 2020. This two hour circle will delve into body-related topics such as healthy boundaries, food and eating, growth and aging—through the lens of Jewish text and ritual. We’ll learn from each other and from guest facilitators’ unique perspectives. Presenters include Jodi BalisYael FlusbergRabbi Sarah TasmanRabbi Lauren TuchmanSteph BlackRobert Bettman, Toni Bickart, and other wonderful thinkers. If you are a doctor, nurse, therapist, yogi, massage therapist, you will get a lot out of this and have a lot to contribute. And, everyone is welcome--all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Join us--all you need is your body!



Into the Mystics taught by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

January 28, February 12, March 10, April 28 @ 7:30pm
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This class will offer a once a month dive into Jewish mystical practices of centering the mind.  We will explore the teachings of the Piacezno Rebbe, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the Zohar, and HaRav Kook.  We will look into the specific Hasidic theologies of each teacher and delve into their mindfulness practices.  Each class will conclude with a “mindfulness lab”- a chance to try on the practice that we study.




December 18 at 6:30pm Register Here

Judaism has much to say about menstruation, but the centuries-long conversation in the Torah, Talmud, and other texts were all debated in male voices. Women, girls, and menstruators of any gender are only recently speaking about the spirituality of menstruation. Join us for a unique look at this area while learning Jewish texts about menstruation, cycle tracking according to the Hebrew calendar, the science of monthly hormonal changes, the psychology of the first period, and the tradition of immersing in the Mikvah. Guiding us in this important exploration are Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, At The Well founder Sarah Waxman, therapist Mickie Simon and Mikvah director Naomi Malka. This program is for folks ages 11+ and an adult bestie. Co-sponsored by At the Well. 



Healing Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Krinsky

Saturday, March 14 @ 9:30am - 10:30am, Sisterhood Hall

Designed for those in need of spiritual, emotional or physical healing as well as caretakers, Rabbi Sarah Krinsky will create a space to explore and process challenges, and to access places of support and resilience. Grounded in Jewish prayer and ritual, the service will include moments of liturgy, song, meditation and learning to build a community of compassion, comfort, and strength.

Note: This service will meet during the beginning of Shabbat morning services. For those who want to join other prayer spaces, we will conclude by the end of Shacharit.



Fostering Anshei Hayyim —
The Physical, Spiritual and Emotional Journey of Men

Sunday, March 22 and Sunday, April 5

Over the course of two sessions, we’ll hear from experts about critical issues in men’s health, and talk together about fostering the holistically healthy lives we seek.


Fri, January 24 2020 27 Tevet 5780