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The JMCW @ Adas offers programs and workshops 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. 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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Rosh Chodesh: Celebrating the New Moon

Tuesday, February 20th @ 7pm Register Here
This special workshop offers women of all ages an invitation to come together for a nourishing evening of Jewish yoga and mindfulness practice. Jewish tradition teaches that our bodies are deeply in sync with the lunar cycle, and if we drop in and listen, the timeless, embodied rhythms of Rosh Chodesh will seep to our surface. Our evening will begin with an asana practice, building heat in moon salutations. We will cool down in restorative postures steeped in poetry. Following yoga, participants are invited to join At the Well discussion circles and/or immerse in the mikvah. 
*Co-sponsored by Adas Israel Community Mikvah.

Return Again to Shabbat

With Rabbis Holtzblatt, Alexander & The Return Again Band. 
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 community Shabbat dinner follows. Join as we dance, sing, and discover the deep shabbat within us all.

DATES & REGISTRATION (click a date to register):
February 9 | March 9 | April 13 | May 11 | June 8

Wandering in the Now:
A Yoga & Writing Workshop

Sunday, March 4th @ 11a-1pm Register Here
We tend to associate Passover with the theme of freedom – but, as Rabbi Martin Buber pointed out, the bulk of the Torah doesn’t deal with “the history of the exodus, but [with] the history of the wandering in the desert.” What made this forty-year walkabout worthy enough to occupy 75% of the Torah?  What might we glean from this decades-long desert trek that deliberately ends at the eastern banks of the Jordan River, rather than the destination of the Ancestors’ Land? By using the tools of yoga and writing we’ll transform into travelers of the imagination to explore our own relationship with the open road. In this experiential workshop, we’ll intersperse movement with writing prompts to help us escape our habitual residence in the intellect, and assume a more graceful position in the realm of reflective presence.


Meditation @ JMCW

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.

Weekly Sit
Wednesdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm

Led by a rotating roster of JMCW faculty
Sign up for our newsletter and get more information about who is leading each week.

Yoga @ JMCW

Our weekly Jewish Yoga classes offer a home to those who wish to explore embodied spirituality. These classes seek 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” weekly. *Mats and props are provided.

NEW! Morning Awakening Restorative Yoga
Tuesdays, 10:15am-11:30am
This slow restorative yoga class is a beautiful compliment to Morning Awakening or a nourishing stand alone offering. Beginners welcome!
Led by Alesandra Zsiba

Vinyasa Lunar Flow
Wednesdays, 6:30pm-7:20pm
This slow-paced 50 minute class offers a beautiful opportunity to stretch and strengthen before our weekly JMCW meditation sit. All levels welcome!
Led by Lauren Rubenstein

Vinyasa Solar Flow
Sundays, 11:00am-12:15pm
This heat building vinyasa flow practice cycles through different weekly themes and intentions. Check our facebook group page for weekly focus updates. All levels welcome!
Led by Sarah Levant

Please email Alesandra Zsiba with questions.

Morning Awakening

Tuesdays at 9am
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 In The News

The Rise of Jewish Mindfulness
JMCW Featured in Washington Jewish Week

"The world today is not still. Phone screens light up with a constant stream of breaking news notifications. Our computers ding with unread emails and messages. There are work demands and family demands. And we try to fit friends, hobbies and vacations in there too." Read More >>>

JMCW @ ADAS Wins Second Slingshot Award!

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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.

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