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The Kavanah Council: We seek to live mindful Jewish lives and help others do the same.

The term spirituality can be defined many different ways to different people. At Temple Beth Sholom “spiritual life” as we define it expands beyond worship; to us it also incorporates personal growth. If you are looking to strengthen your spiritual muscles, you may be interested in one of the following programs.

The Kavanah Council: We seek to live mindful Jewish lives and help others do the same.

 

 WE BELIEVE:

 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

 

WE OFFER:

  • Yom Kippur Meditation Session
  • Weekly meditation sessions Watch
  • ShalOMming – Learn to meditate Jewishly classes 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
 

 

Kavanah Retreat
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.

2022 Kavanah Retreat: Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (sponsored by the Kavanah Council)

Join the Kavanah Retreat for its fifth annual retreat on January 21 and 22, 2022. Rabbi Kushner, our Scholar in residence, has authored 18 books which have been translated into six languages, is a regular NPR commentator, and is one of the most widely read authors on Jewish spiritual life.

Access: to be determined | Register at tbsmb.org/kavanah2022

ShalOM Meditation 
Weekly Meditation Groups (sponsored by the Kavanah Council)

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 7:00 pm and Fridays at 12 noon. 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 7:00 pm join us in Calm Community. Register in advance
Fridays at 12:00 pm we Breathe Our Way into Shabbat. Register in advance

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


ShalOMming: Learn to Meditate Jewishly (sponsored by the Kavanah Council)

Want to learn to meditate in a fun approachable manner? Marte Singerman leader of the Kavanah Council will teach an experiential, interactive 4-week class to help you get over any fears you may have about meditation and show you how it will improve your life.

Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, October 12, 19, 26; November 2 or Fridays, 12 noon, October 15, 22, 29; November 5

Zoom Only | Registration, Information, and the Zoom link: Marte Singerman, marte@shalommindfulness.com


Kavanah Retreat: Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (sponsored by the Kavanah Council)

Join the Kavanah Retreat for its fifth annual retreat on January 21 and 22, 2022. Rabbi Kushner, our Scholar in residence, has authored 18 books which have been translated into six languages, is a regular NPR commentator, and is one of the most widely read authors on Jewish spiritual life.

Access: to be determined | Register at tbsmb.org/kavanah2022

Mindful Listening (sponsored by the Kavanah Council)

The Kavanah Council presents a special one-hour class on Mindful Listening taught by attorneys Scott Rogers and Paul Steven Singerman. Scott Rogers is the Founder and Director of the Mindfulness in Law Program at the University of Miami and a leader in the area of mindfulness and the law. Paul Steven Singerman is co-chair of the law firm of Berger Singerman and specializes in resolving complex business matters. He is currently representing the State Court Receiver in the Champlain Towers tragedy. Scott and Paul have presented on mindfulness and the law to groups of lawyers and judges throughout the United States including The Florida Bar, The American Bar Association, and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 7:00 pm

Access: to be determined | Registration and Information: Marte Singerman, marte@shalommindfulness.com


Counting Down the Omer with Elana Arian (sponsored by the Kavanah Council)

Reaching Revelation: Counting Down the Omer is a special Shabbat Morning Minyan Service featuring multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Elana Arian (https://elanaarian.com). Elana is described as “one of the greatest Jewish voices of our time.” No registration needed.

Saturday Morning, April 23, 2022, 10:30 am

Zoom link and information regarding In-person access at tbsmb.org

Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782