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

A Taste of Mindfulness and Middot in Action

Co-led by Carol Targum and Roberta Axeloons

Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
6 sessions, April 14 – May 19, 2021
No Cost. Registration Required.

The pandemic has impacted everyone’s life presenting challenges as well as opportunities.  Over the course of 6-weeks, we will combine Jewish mindfulness with middot (character traits) to explore how habitual ways of acting and thinking impact us and how we can learn to notice them while connecting to Jewish values. The course content will help lead you to more awareness of yourself and others.  The class includes mindfulness, middot, text study, and discussion.

This class qualifies for the “Spirituality” category of the Chochmat Lev, A Learned Heart Certificate.

To join us, please register with the form below, and the Zoom link will be shared in your confirmation email. Contact Brigid Goggin with any questions at

Meet the Instructors: Carol Targum

Carol Targum, a retired social worker, has been a member of Temple Israel since 2005.  Carol believes small groups within a congregation can build connections which foster strength and community.   In 2012 she began to study with the Institute of Jewish Spirituality (IJS) in their 2 year intensive program for lay leaders.  This program focused on areas such as mindfulness, middot, prayer and text study.  Carol continued her studies with IJS with Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training and received a certificate in 2017.  Carol is excited to co-teach, with Roberta Axeloons, A Taste of Mindfulness and Middot bringing these concepts into action in our everyday lives.

Meet the Instructors: Roberta Axeloons

Roberta Axeloons joined the Temple Israel community in 2014 as the teen youth-group advisor. Since 2014, Roberta has taught in the religious school and in the teen program, earned her masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College, and currently works with Rabbi Jacobson to oversee the religious school. For many years, as an athlete, Roberta has had a mindfulness practice through yoga and movement. In 2019, Roberta began practicing mindfulness in a new way through a pilot with the Institute of Jewish Spirituality (IJS) to bring mindfulness to religious school faculty and students. Since the pandemic arrived one year ago, Roberta has noticed the effects mindfulness practice has on her own life and the lives of the faculty she works with and she is very excited to bring practice into action for adults alongside co-teacher, Carol Targum.

Class Registration:

To register for this class and receive the Zoom link, please select “Add” for each person that will be attending. Once all participants are added, select “Continue” to complete registration.

If you have any questions or trouble registering with the form, please email Brigid Goggin for assistance.