Scholar in Residence Weekend 2017

Though this weekend has passed, if you have ideas for future Spirituality programs please contact Cantor Schachner. 

Join us on February 3-5, 2017 for a weekend of study and practice with Rabbi Bendat-Appel, the Program Director and teacher of Jewish mindfulness for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Before working at the Institute, Rabbi Bendat-Appell served as a congregational rabbi, studied at Zen centers in California and France, led spiritually engaged Jewish backpacking trips, worked at a number of Jewish summer camps, and studied Jewish text at yeshivot in Jerusalem. He is a founder of the Center for Jewish Mindfulness in Chicago, now a part of Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning.

Bendat-Appell is also a 2014 recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish educators.


Friday evening: Shabbat services & dinner, meditation & learning for all levels

Saturday morning: Minyan and Torah Study, meditation and learning for all levels Saturday evening Havdallah, for those seeking to deepen an existing practice

Sunday: Mindfulness and Meditation introductory program for children and adults.

Registration here.

For more information contact Cantor Hollis Schachner at


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