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

Making Prayer Meaningful: Finding New Inspiration in Our Siddur, a Half-Day Spirituality Retreat with Rabbi Ebn Leader

Sunday, October 22, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Jewish tradition has many structures meant to support prayer. We have a book of prayers – the siddur, a place to pray – the temple or synagogue, communal gatherings for prayer and much more. Yet for many of us the experience of prayer is, when at all possible, deeply personal and happening in specific moments and places that are meaningful to us personally. At times, all these structures meant to support prayer can feel like they get in the way and make prayer close to impossible.
Is there away to reclaim these structures as meaningful supports to prayer? In this workshop we will explore the relation between liturgy and prayer, between prayer experiences and prayer practice, and experiment with using liturgy to facilitate prayer.
Ebn Leader grew up in Jerusalem and was a “talmid” (student-disciple) of Rabbi David Hartman, where he learned Talmud, and of Amos Hetz, where he studied movement and movement notation. He is currently a talmid of Hebrew College Rector Art Green, from whom he has received semicha. Leader has a growing international reputation as a Jewish spiritual teacher in the neo-Hasidic tradition and is an authority on Jewish prayer. He is co-editor, with Rabbi Or Rose, of “God in All Moments: Mystical and Practical Wisdom From Hasidic Masters” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011).

Retreat + Lunch Included

$50

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