Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

Temple Israel’s Sunday Jewish Spiritual Practice Lab

Chanukah Havdalah with Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, Master Teacher of Jewish Meditation and Spirituality

Saturday, December 16, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate Chanukah Havdalah with Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, a beloved teacher of Jewish meditation, mindfulness and spirituality. Rabbi Peltz Weinberg will introduce her newest book God Loves the Stranger, a guide to finding peace and harmony in our unsettled world. Together we will learn how to engage in a mindfulness meditation practice and celebrate Chanukah and Havdalah. This event is free! Books will be sold at the event for $18.

About the Book: God Loves the Stranger

How to find peace and harmony in an unsettled world.

You. Me. The person down the street or halfway around the globe. In this inspiring collection of stories, blessings, poetry, divine teachings, and meditation exercises, Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg conveys a single, powerful message: Let us not be strangers. God loves us all.

Using a blend of ancient and modern ideas, God Loves the Stranger carves a clear pathway that enables us to learn how to love one another and create just societies. From teaching us how to handle suffering and aversion in positive, productive ways; how to learn creative skills for mindfulness, meditation, and retreat practice; and how to bring the roots of love and gratitude into our everyday lives, this book is a comprehensive tutorial for navigating today’s interpersonal and situational challenges with grace, spiritual fulfillment, and understanding. It offers tender, thought-provoking insight into the awareness that we are not—are never—alone; and that neither are our family members, our friends, or the strangers everywhere in the world.

Biography

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg served as a congregational rabbi for seventeen years. She has also worked in the fields of Jewish community relations, Jewish education and Hillel. She has published widely on such topics as feminism, spiritual direction, parenting, social justice and mindfulness from a Jewish perspective and has contributed commentaries to Kol HaNeshama, the Reconstructionist prayer book. Rabbi Weinberg has taught mindfulness meditation and yoga to rabbis, Jewish professionals and lay people in the context of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She serves as a spiritual director to a variety of Jewish clergy including students and faculty at HUC-JIR in New York.  She is creator and co-leader of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program. She is married to Maynard Seider and they have three married children and six grandchildren.

Free

Spiritual Practice Lab with Rabbi Suzie Jacobson

Sundays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

All too often prayer feels like an event we are attending, rather than a personal, meaningful practice. How do find the most meaningful modalities for prayer? How can we learn the content and form of prayer so that the prayers feel accessible?

Join us this year as we explore the weekday Amidah, a foundation of Jewish liturgy, through different spiritual forms and modalities. Throughout the year we will host “modules” that match pieces of the Amidah with a spiritual mode. Join us this fall for our first module, and stay tuned for additional modules such as chanting, meditation, art, and mussar this Winter and Spring.

There are 7 planned modules. Module 1 will be on November 5, 12 and 19th. The other modules will be posted in the coming weeks.

Free

Yoga with Sukriti Dabral

Sundays, 10:00-11:00 a.m., alternating weeks with Meditation on the Religious School calendar

10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 12/3, 12/17, 1/21, 2/4, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/29, 5/13

Join us for an all-levels yoga class that weaves together vinyasa flow, breathing, and meditation. These classes will be thoughtful and slow-moving, with a balance between physical challenge and mental clarity.

Yoga with Sukriti Dabral Single-Class Drop-In

$15

Combined Yoga/Meditation 6-Session Pack

$80

Combined Yoga/Meditation 12-Session Pack

$150

Combined Yoga/Meditation 24-Session Pack

$280

Take a Breath -- A Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Series with Josh Weisman

Sundays, 10:00-11:00 a.m., alternating weeks with Yoga on the Religious School calendar

10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/10, 1/7, 1/28, 2/11, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 5/6, 5/20
Life is full of doing. Give yourself the gift of taking a breath and just being. In this series we will create a quiet space apart from the business of daily life in order to focus on the art of being alive. Participants in this series will have the opportunity to learn Jewish mindfulness meditation and experience its benefits by doing it on a regular basis. Alongside our core practice of meditation we will also explore the Jewish contemplative practices of niggun (wordless melody) and Shabbat, among others. In each session, meditation periods will be interspersed with meditation instructions, kavanot (intentions), and contemplative singing. Absolutely no experience is necessary — those who are new to meditation and those with prior experience will both benefit from this series. Participants will be encouraged but not required to experiment with developing a regular meditation practice outside of our sessions. Those accustomed to meditating on the floor are invited to bring their own cushions.

Meditation Single-Class Drop-In

$15

Combined Yoga/Meditation 6-Session Pack

$80

Combined Yoga/Meditation 12-Session Pack

$150

Combined Yoga/Meditation 24-Session Pack

$280

Israeli Dance with Rita Wagman

Sundays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

 12/10, 1/28, 2/11, 3/18, 5/13
Join us for an all-levels Israeli dance class weaving together classic and modern and circle and line. These classes will include easy to follow dances and teaching. Take a break and let your legs do all the thinking! Rina Wagman’s parents met Israeli dancing, and she has been dancing for as long as she can remember. In college, she taught an Israeli dance PE class. In Boston, Rina has taught Israeli dance to people of all ages and abilities. She co-runs the two biggest Israeli dance sessions in the area and an annual Israeli dance camp as well as manages the fundraising for and performs in the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston.

Free