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The Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington (JMCW)


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. 


Jewish Mindfulness Center Of Washington

Upcoming Announcements


Communal Resilience and Healing: A Conversation Presented by JMCW and Briyut - TO BE RESCHEDULED

Join Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt and Dr. Jack Saul for an in-depth zoom conversation about Trauma and Resilience on Tuesday October 12 at 7:30. They will discuss paths toward communal healing as we emerge from the pandemic. Dr. Saul is director of the International Trauma Studies Program (ITSP), a research and training institute based in New York City.  His work enhances the natural resilience and coping capacities in individuals, families, and communities that have endured and/or are threatened by traumatic events - domestic and political violence, armed conflict, and natural disaster.  As a psychologist, he has created a number of psychosocial programs for populations that have endured war, torture, and political violence. He is known for his innovative work with families and communities that integrates testimony, healing, media, and the performance arts. His book Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster was published in July 2013. 

This free program is sponsored by the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington and Briyut: The Wellness Center of Adas Israel



"Storytelling & Cycles--Connection in the Mikvah" with Anita Diaman

Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30pm

"Join us for an evening of interview and discussion with New York Times best selling author, Anita Diamant, as she shares her experience around her new book, Period. End of Sentence: A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice. Ms. Diamant is a long time friend and supporter of the Adas Israel Mikvah, and is passionate about connection between Jewish ritual and women's experiences.  Through her storytelling, Ms. Diamant provides a lens, elevating Jewish rituals, tales, and now the importance around greater understanding of the menstrual experience of women around the world."

This free program is sponsored by the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington and Briyut: The Wellness Center of Adas Israel



November Learning with MakomDC + JMCW/Briyut

"​​Mindfulness and Musar: Choosing Growth"
Yitzhak Bronstein

Tuesday, November 9 at 7:30pm | Join us in the Biran Beit Midrash or Click to Join Virtually

How can mindfulness practice help us identify the areas in which we have potential to grow?  A teaching from the 20th century mussar leader, Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler will challenge us to reflect on ourselves in newfound ways. 

"​​Is God Inside Us?"
Yitzhak Bronstein

Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30pm | Join us in the Biran Beit Midrash or Click to Join Virtually

The hasidic masters taught that divinity can be found inside of ourselves and everything around us. What might that mean on a practical level? How can it inform the ways we relate to our bodies? Through a body meditation informed by a teaching of the Piaseczna Rebbe, we will practice relating to our bodily sensations as sacred. 

"​​The Joy of Withholding Judgement"
Yitzhak Bronstein

Tuesday, November 23 at 7:30pm | Join us in the Biran Beit Midrash or Click to Join Virtually

One of the foundational pillars of mindfulness is being able to relate to our present experience with nonjudgmental awareness. Through the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, we will explore the tremendous challenge of relating to others and ourselves nonjudgmentally—as well as the joy which emerges from doing so. 



Morning Awakening

Tuesday Mornings @ 9:30am - 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.



Join a Prenatal or Postpartum Support Group @Adas Israel this Fall! 

Growing a family is a magical time in life--a time that that calls for support, community, and a space for learning, questioning, and sharing.  If you are you expecting a baby or recently brought a baby into your family, we invite you to join a Prenatal or Postpartum Support Group right here in Cleveland Park at Congregation Adas Israel.

The Gan Hamishpacha/Family Center at Adas Israel is a warm, welcoming, progressive place where all parents, babies, and children gather and connect. We have a wide range of offerings including:-Prenatal Support Groups
 -Postpartum Support Groups
 -Kangaroo Classes for Children & a Parent or Caregiver
 -Early Childhood Music Classes
 -Partner Support Groups
 -Story & Song TimesOur 

Fall session begins the week of October 4th--spots are filling up, so please register soon. For additional information & questions, please contact Gan HaMishpacha/
Family Center Senior Educator & DONA Postpartum Doula, Darci Lewis



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!



Create Your Own Water Rituals at Home

Let water help you flow through these difficult present circumstances. The Adas Israel Community Mikvah has developed a set of tools for you to create your own water ritual at home. Visit to explore our resources and examples.



Adas on the Airwaves

Digital Services, Classes & More @ Adas! Learn More

Whether we are gathering in-person (safely!) or over the airwaves, this is your home, your community. And we couldn't be more honored and inspired to gather with you as we walk hand-in-hand through this moment together. Below, you will find a comprehensive collection of upcoming services, classes, and other opportunities to engage. We affirm once again that our unwavering connection to each other is among our greatest blessings at Adas, and is felt just as palpably in our hearts, and even online, as it is in our building.


Jewish Mindfulness Center Of Washington

Ongoing Offerings


Shamayim Va’Aretz — The Space Between 
Soulful, Open Hearted, & Energy-filled Friday night services

Friday, May 14 at 6:00pm- Register Here
Presented by the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington

With Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Rabbi Aaron Alexander & Band; Join us for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, ecstatic excursion into prayer & song. Followed by a festive Shabbat dinner feast:



Weekly Meditation Sit

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

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

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 ( or Betsy Strauss ( if you have questions.


Jewish Mindfulness Center Of Washington

Deepen Your Practice


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.


Jewish Mindfulness Center Of Washington

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