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 Lisa Goldstein



Gratitude, love, blessings and joy:  I have associated these words with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality for many years now, but I feel them particularly keenly these days. 

Three weeks ago the room was radiant with gratitude and love as we paid tribute to the transformative work Rabbi Rachel Cowan has contributed within the Institute and beyond.  It was truly inspiring to hear the many stories of her visionary dedication and to be among the wide range of people who gathered to witness the loving tributes. 


And now I have just come back from Trinity Conference Center as the sixth rabbinic cohort has come to a close and we have had a wonderful silent meditation Shabbat, Hevraya retreat, and lay leader Shabbaton.  
The shared blessings, the overflowing joy in song and prayer, the gratitude for honest and supportive community have all been palpable for the last two weeks.  And so is the excitement for the possibilities yet to come.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to spend with us. I am so looking forward to meeting or reconnecting with you and warmly invite you to join one of the gatherings in the coming months!   



Lisa Goldstein

Executive Director


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A Mindfulness Retreat:
To You, Silence is Praise

Dates:  Sunday, November 27 - Thursday, December 1, 2011

Faculty:  Sylvia Boorstein, Rabbis Sheila Weinberg, Myriam Klotz, and Jeff Roth
Room and Board:  Single $700-760; Double $630-690, Triple $560-620 [sliding scale based on ability to pay].
 Garrison Institute, Garrison New York

Register: http://www.regonline.com/fall2011garrison

More Information: marc@jewishspirituality.org


This retreat will integrate the practices of mindfulness and loving kindness meditation for the liberation of the heart and mind and Jewish liturgy, text and tradition. The retreat will follow a silent retreat schedule alternating periods of sitting and movement. There will be daily yoga.  It will be held in silence except for instruction periods, question and answer opportunities and didactic presentations. It is open to beginners and experienced participants.   



Jonathan Slater
Torah Study for the Soul


with Rabbi Jonathan Slater




5772: No'am Elimelekh


Join in the expanding circle of rabbis, cantors and others who share in the profound and spiritually uplifting world of Torah study with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.


This year (5772) we will study from No'am Elimelekh,

the teachings of the classical Hasidic master, R. Elimelekh of Lyzhansk.  R. Elimelekh was instrumental in bringing Hasidism to Poland and shaping the image and role of the tzaddik, the Hasidic rebbe. 


Enrich yourself, deepen your experience of Torah study and expand the sources from which you teach by participating in the Institute's Text Study Program.  Join us in mining these sources for useful and powerful teachings, informed by a contemplative, mindfulness based approach.


You will receive a weekly e-letter with a text in translation, commentary and suggestions...



Jewish Meditation Teacher Training, 2nd Cohort Applications


We are delighted to invite you to apply to participate with us in a new initiative of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality cosponsored by the Awakened Heart Project aimed at training the next generation of mindfulness teachers in the Jewish community. 


Twenty eight individuals (clergy, educators, activists and others) are concluding the first cohort of the Jewish Mindfulness Teachers Training. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and we are eager to begin receiving applicants for the second cohort which will start March 26, 2012.


This program combines retreat practice, guided personal practice, study, reflection, hevruta work, and faculty mentoring. The program will run for 16 months. It will include three retreats for a total of 16 days at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.



March 26 - April 1, 2012 ( six days)


November 4-8, 2012 (four days)


Spring 2013 (to be announced) (six days)



This program is designed for those who have significant experience in retreat and personal mindfulness practice, a strong Jewish background as well as...



In This Issue
-- Sylvia Boorstein, Jeff Roth, Sheila Weinberg and Myriam Klotz Together at Garrison
-- Torah Study for the Soul 5772: No'am Elimelekh
-- New Meditation Training Cohort
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