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The Kavanah Council:

We seek to live mindful Jewish lives and help others do the same.


Judaism is an inherently embodied and mindful religion, and we celebrate it by practicing mindful Jewish skills ourselves and offering instruction and practice opportunities in meditation, contemplative music, study, embodied practices and middot (Jewish character development) to all members of Temple Beth Sholom.

Practicing these skills improves our Jewish and secular lives and integrates the two providing us more authenticity and a deep reservoir of Jewish tools to help us live our lives with more wholeness, ease and equanimity.

We believe in the power of Jewish mindfulness practices to help us realize we have choices/behirot and the wisdom/tiferet, compassion/rachamim and love/chesed to exercise our choices wisely.

“As we continually quiet our minds, our hearts become easier to hear.” Andrea Wachter

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor E. Frankl


  • Yom Kippur Meditation Session
  • Weekly meditation sessions Learn more 
  • Educational Sessions to explore Jewish Mindfulness Topics
  • Kavanah Retreat – a Shabbaton featuring famous Jewish thinkers and teachers Watch
  • Mindful Music Services featuring nationally known Jewish musicians

Yom Kippur Meditation
We offer a special meditation session on Yom Kippur afternoon.

Kavanah Retreat - RSVP
Join nationally recognized thought leaders in Jewish mindfulness for a yearly Shabbaton.  Last year, we hosted Sarah Hurwitz author of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life —in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There.) Watch now.

2023 Kavanah Retreat: Rabbi Josh Feigelson (sponsored by the Kavanah Council)

Join the Kavanah Retreat for its fifth annual retreat on January 20 and 21, 2022 with Rabbi Josh Feigelson.

The Kavanah Council is pleased to announce that Rabbi Josh Feigelson, PhD, will be our visiting scholar for the 5th Annual Kavanah Retreat on January 20 and 21.  Josh was appointed Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (“IJS”) in January 2020 and became President & CEO in April 2022.  Josh is a noted scholar who revolutionized IJS during Covid, transforming it from a small, cohort-based teaching institute into a dynamic, expansive, inclusive leader in the field of Jewish spirituality.

IJS offers programs and resources to “Cultivate Mindfulness, Deepen Connection, and Enliven Jewish Life.” Its vision is of a world in which spiritual practice is a vital part of Jewish life, leading to compassion, justice, and peace. Its mission is to develop and teach Jewish spiritual practices so that individuals and communities may experience greater awareness, purpose, and interconnection.

ShalOM Meditation 
Weekly Meditation Groups  

Do you want to be calmer, more centered, more joyful, and make better decisions? Join the Kavanah Council’s weekly Jewish meditation groups via zoom on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. All levels of experience are welcome for learning, sharing, and guided meditation. Please register in advance for the sessions. | Zoom only

Sitting in a group is magical! Learn to meditate or support your practice by sitting with others. These groups are perfect for both the experienced and novice meditators:

Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
Join us in Calm Community. Register in advance

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  Marte V. Singerman

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Sat, February 4 2023 13 Sh'vat 5783