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Lisa Goldstein

One of my favorite places to bring friends and family who come to visit me in New York is the High Line.  


The High Line is a former elevated railroad track that ran between the meat packing district and 34th Street.  Thanks to the efforts of a handful of visionary citizens, the track is now an elevated park with beautiful gardens, intriguing art pieces, inviting gathering places and unusual third-floor views of the surrounding architecture.

I recently noticed a new art installation by the Israeli-born artist Uri Aran.  It is easy to miss at first.  But around 25thSt, if you listen carefully, you can hear from among dense leaves a voice listing animals.  Soon it is apparent that it is listing "good" animals, such as a cat or a platypus, and "bad" animals, such as... 
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Jonathan Slater
Rabbi Jonathan Slate

Learning Together 

(Option A)


Torah Study for the Soul

Celebrating Ten Full Years of Hasidic Text Study 

with Rabbi Jonathan Slater

and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality

5773: Birkat Avraham


Since the fall of 2002, Rabbi Jonathan Slater has offered weekly translations of classical Hasidic texts for personal study and spiritual growth. Hundreds of rabbis, cantors, educators and others have been enriched through their study of these texts - with partners in havruta or on their own, in Torah study groups and as materials for teaching.


You are invited to join the growing numbers who access the depth and richness of Hasidic spirituality presented in contemporary terms. 


This year Jonathan will offer lessons from Birkat Avraham, the teachings of R. Avraham Weinberg, of the Slonim tradition, the father-in-law of R. Shalom Noach Berezovsky, the author of Netivot Shalom


R. Avraham represents a rich current in the stream of Slonimer teachings, and in his work includes an unusual twist: at least one teaching in which the lesson of the weekly Torah portion is transformed into a prayer...

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Rabbi Yael Levy
Rabbi Yael Levy


Learning Together 

(Option B)


Journeying with the Torah:

Week by Week, Season by Season, Moment to Moment

Torah study and practice 

with Rabbi Yael Levy


I will make known to them the paths to walk and the practices to cultivate. (Exodus 18:20)


Each day the world is created anew and each day we have the opportunity to step into full relationship with this mysterious unfolding that is our life.


In this Torah study program we will explore together the abundant sources for personal wisdom that stream through it. We will focus on how it guides us in opening our awareness and teaches us how to respond mindfully and fully to the challenges, blessings and surprises life brings. 


As we journey with the Torah week by week you will receive a mindfulness teaching based on the Torah portion, questions for reflection and suggestions for practice. We honor Torah as "a Tree of Life" that nurtures our souls and expands our... 


Jordan Bendat-Appell
Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell,
Director of Regional Programs
Expanding Our 
Practice: Chicago


The Center for Jewish Mindfulness Chicago www.jewishmindfulness.net   
When we began the Center for Jewish Mindfulness in April of 2011 we knew that this practice had the potential to reach many people across the diverse Jewish community of Chicago. What we had no idea of was how many different synagogues would want the CJM to offer programs in Jewish mindfulness practice at their shuls.  
Since beginning, in addition to having regular Jewish mindfulness meditation groups in Chicago and the suburbs, that are attended by people across the denominations, forms of observance, ages, and genders, we have run programs at Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Orthodox and non-denominational communities.  We find that at each synagogue, it makes sense to make the practice manifest in a different way appropriate to the culture and norms of that community.  However, in each community the practice is still the same: Jewish living as a mindfulness practice. 


Mindfulness itself is not a practice that is specific to any religious tradition.  Rather, mindfulness is a human capacity.   At the CJM, we harness the powerful techniques of mindfulness with the... 

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Last chance to register for the Summer retreats!  

The Summer retreats are almost here and almost filled.  If you've been meaning to sign up, take a minute now to use the links below and complete your registration.

These will be the last Summer retreats at beautiful Trinity Retreat Center (they'll be closing at the end of the year; we'll let you know when we find our new East Coast retreat home).
Summer 2012 Retreats
 Trinity Retreat & Conference Center
West Cornwall, CT 


Open Retreat
 June 5-June 8


Silent Shabbaton
Hearing the Still, Small Voice
June 13-June 15


(professional alumni) 
June 15-June 19

Learning Together

This year, for the first time, we are offering two text study options (descriptions to the left).


Sign up for Text Study this year with Rabbis Jonathan Slater, Yael Levy, or both!


Sample text Vayishlach:

The cost for the program is $240 for either program, or $450 for both.  To register for either or both programs, please visit Regonline. 

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