Our Scholar

For more than two decades, Rabbi Sheila Weinberg has studied mindfulness meditation, introducing it in combination with movement and yoga as a way to enliven and illuminate Jewish practice, ideas and community.  She has been a congregational rabbi and a senior teacher at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, a retreat-based program for Jewish leaders and clergy.  Rabbi Weinberg has also taught at Kripalu and has been widely published.

Rabbi Weinberg has written extensively on Jewish spirituality, social justice, feminism and parenting.  Her books, God Loves the Stranger and Surprisingly Happy:  An Atypical Jewish Memoir are poignant, humorous and insightful explorations of Jewish spirituality.  Learn more about Rabbi Weinberg at www.sheilapeltzweinberg.com.

“Mindfulness gives me a new lens with which to interpret and understand the sacred teachings of my people and more deeply apply those teachings to my life.  To what end?  To live with more awareness, more compassion, more wisdom and more love.” ~Surprisingly Happy:  An Atypical Religious Memoir


Friday, December 1

6:00 pm | How to Find Peace and Harmony in an Unsettled World Shabbat Services

7:15 pm | Enhanced Pot Luck Shabbat  (Reservations for Potluck Dinner)

8:00 pm | Coffee, dessert and conversation with Rabbi Weinberg, Welcome Center

Saturday, December 2

Suggested donation of $36 for Saturday

9:00 am | Guided Contemplative Practice with Rabbi Weinberg. Beginners are welcome

10:30 am | Creative Minyan with Rabbi Weinberg, Rabbi Pomerantz and Cantor Segal

12:00 pm | Complimentary Lunch

1:45 pm | Walking Meditation

2:00 pm | VaYishlach:  Becoming Israel, A Story of Personal Transformation. An interactive study based on mindfulness wisdom and weekly Torah portion

3:30 pm | Snack and Socialize

3:45 pm | Yoga as Embodied Jewish Practice (comfortable attire and bring a yoga mat if you have one)

4:30 pm | Conclusion and Havdalah