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The Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington (JMCW)

Welcome!

At The Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington we seek to open ourselves to wonder and awe through contemplative mindfulness practices. Our weekly offerings of meditation and yoga, in addition to our special workshops and soulful Shabbat services, create a space for openly approaching the multiple spiritual dimensions of Jewish tradition. Whether you have been practitioner of meditation for years or are trying yoga for the first time, we welcome you!

All of our programming is open to the public and donation based. 

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Jewish Mindfulness Center Of Washington


Upcoming Announcements
 

 

Introduction to Meditation
Taught by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt and Mick Neustadt, LICSW

Dates: January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, and February 7th, 7:30-8:30pm (In person)
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Join us for a 5-part series with the Jewish Mindfulness Center on meditation.  We will learn the practice of releasing our thoughts, using the breath as our anchor and grounding ourselves in the present. Come to one or come to all! Beginners welcome as well as those wishing to meditate with others in community.

 

 

Learning the Torah of Resilience from the Talmud to the Mystics In Partnership with JMCW and MakomDC
Taught by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the Biran Beit Midrash
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Series #1: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20*virtual | Series #2: 3/14, 3/21, 3/28

Everyday lately seems like another wave of bad news from the war in Ukraine, to the climate emergency, to the state of politics in the United States and abroad.  How do we face troubling times with an open heart and a resilient spirit?  Our rabbis faced a world that was in tumult and continued to innovate, re-charge, find their footing and carry on.  How do we learn from their experiences?

In this 2 part (3 week session) we will explore stories from the Talmud, the Zohar and the teachings of the mystics on building a resilient spirit.  All texts will be provided in both Hebrew and English.  We will study the contexts in which these texts were written, how the rabbis and mystics approached their struggles and how we might integrate resilience into our own lives. 

 

 

Stepping Back In
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JMCW and Briyut are excited to announce a new set of spiritual resources to help enter and reenter our sacred spaces following the profound shifts of the last two years.  We hope that each person in our community finds something within the following resources that speaks to them. They are being offered freely and a la carte.  (There is no obligation to participate in all of them.)  

Adas Israel received a generous Signature Grant from the Covenant Foundation to help us develop these resources. 

 

 

Gan Hamishpacha/Family Center 

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The Gan Hamishpacha/Family Center at Adas is a warm, welcoming, progressive place where all parents, babies, and children gather and connect. We have a wide range of offerings including: 
Prenatal/Postpartum Support Groups, Early Childhood Music Classes and an all new Havurah Program for young families! Our Fall sessions begins in late September, so please register soon!

 

 

Dip in the Adas Mikvah

adasisrael.org/mikvah

One goal of mindfulness is to find moments of alignment, where body, mind, and soul are all engaged. Mikvah is a powerful Jewish ritual through which we can experience this alignment. Many people are able to achieve a harmony of their being in a single Mikvah immersion. Others establish a regular practice of Mikvah, akin to yoga or meditation, in which they experiment with different ways of immersing and find the ones that bring them closest to Oneness. You can now book a Mikvah immersion completely online, by clicking here. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to the Director of the Mikvah Rabbi Elianna Yolkut

 

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JMCW Offerings
 

 

Morning Awakening

Tuesday Mornings @ 9:45am - Click Here to Join the Zoom session
Shacharit (Morning Minyan) Siddur pages: click here to view


Join Rabbi Holtzblatt for an uplifting dose of mindful prayer and song as we start the day together. Gather over Zoom at 9:30am to center ourselves with selections from the daily morning tefillot (prayers). We will ground ourselves together with the experience of our own lives and meditate together. Morning Awakening is a new take on the traditional Jewish morning service.

 

 

Weekly Meditation Sit

New Dates Coming Soon

Each week we come together for a community sit. Our time is marked by explorations of meditation techniques, guided teachings, and silent sits. No experience necessary, all are welcome. Our community is open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Drop-ins welcome. Led by JMCW Faculty

 

 

Monthly Yoga Vinyasa Lunar Flow

New Dates Coming Soon

Our monthly Jewish Yoga practice offers a home to those who wish to explore embodied spirituality. This class seeks to awaken and stimulate the senses through a full mind/body exploration of asana. Drawing inspiration from Mussar, Kabbalah, and the wisdom of Jewish thinkers, this class reinterprets “Jewish Yoga”. *Mats and props are provided.* Led by JMCW Faculty

 

 

Wise Aging

New Dates Coming Soon

Wise Aging is a small group exploration of aging well and wisely through a Jewish lens. The Wise Aging Adas group will meet monthly to learn, share experiences, and acquire skills to sanctify the moments in time that make up this stage in our lives. The program uses the book developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal - Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit. Please contact Janice Mostow (janicelml@aol.com) or Betsy Strauss (betsy.strauss@gmail.com) if you have questions.

 

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Deepen Your Practice
 

 

Awake With Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

Awake: Finding The Holy In The Everyday Listen Now

"How do we stop and notice that incredible, holy things happen to us every day?"

In this new podcast, Rabbi Holtzblatt will bring the teachings from Jewish mystical texts and the Hasidic masters from the 13th-20th century into everyday life.  The podcast will offer a few minutes to pause and to open ourselves to the possibility that holiness, connection and presence are around us all of the time.  

New Episodes Are Released Every week!

Click Here To Listen On Apple Podcasts!

 

 

Purple Honey Podcast

Listen Here

Tune in and listen to the first episodes of Purple Honey created by JMCW community member, ritual maker, and personal chef, Jodi Balis. Purple Honey creates a digital gathering space for female voices to explore how Jewish wisdom and feminine spirituality bring sweetness to our everyday lives. The first two episodes feature JMCW faculty member Rabbi Sarah Tasman and creator of At the Well, Sarah Waxman.Eisenberger, and Shir Yaakov Feit.Holtzblatt.

 

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