Programs 2016-2017

Programs of music, meditation,Torah, and yoga explore and nourish our spiritual selves using talented teachers in our community and outside resources. These innovative approaches have been designed to increase the depth and breadth of pathways to Jewish spirituality and deepen spiritual connections to ourselves and to one another.

Yoga

“With the practice of yoga, you can look for, find, and reveal to the world the power and beauty of the mysterious hidden light within you.”

Yoga is a deeply spiritual practice linking breath and movement to enlighten body, mind, heart and soul. Jewish yoga helps us to find strength, flexibility and balance through the music and language of our tradition. Classes will be accessible to all levels of practice. Mats and blocks will be provided. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring water and a large beach towel, and a friend! Teachers: Rhonda Skloff, RYT 500 and/or Holly Friedman Glick, LICSW, RYT 500.

Thursdays 9-10:15 a.m.

$60 for the series of 6 classes/ $13 Walk-ins for Shir Tikva members

$90 for the series of 6 classes/ $18 Walk-ins  for non members

Click here to register. 

Piyyutim: The Art of Hebrew Chant

Piyyutim are ancient and modern sacred Hebrew poems. Through piyyutim, we can explore the human voice as conduit for contemplative practice, combining the beauty of Jewish liturgical poetry with soulful chanting. We will explore the lives of the poets and their writings through study of their cultural and historical contexts while developing the practice of chanting. Co-taught by Harry Abadi and Cantor Hollis Schachner.                       

Thursdays 7 - 9:00 p.m., November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15  No winter/spring session. 

Ruchi G’viati

Ruchi G’viatiis a holistic experience that teaches timeless strategies drawn from Jewish tradition for caring for your mind, body, and soul. This dynamic series of workshops is based on music, contemplative meditation, Torah study, psychological thought, and gentle Yoga. Facilitated by Cantor Hollis Schachner, Dr. Randy Kamen Gredinger, and Holly Friedman Glick, LICSW, RYT.

Sundays 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., November 6, December 4, January 8, April 2 
No pre-registration required.

 Jewish Meditation

Meditation is a spiritual discipline for quieting the mind so as to experience a more profound closeness to G-d. Jewish meditation is especially meaningful for those who sometimes feel that life could be more spiritually rich, with regular practice leading to a greater depth of perspective and providing for a calmer and more reflective life.

The Meditation Chavurah is for those seeking to develop or renew a practice. All are welcome—beginners, experienced learners, and anyone interested in discovering meditation through a Jewish lens. Facilitated by members of our Temple Shir Tikva Center for Jewish Spirituality Leadership Team and by guest teachers.

Thursdays 7 - 8:00 p.m., January 5, 12, 19, 26
No pre-registration required.

March Meditation Madness

We are delighted to announce the launch of our March Meditation Madness series, to be held Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m, during the month of March. All sessions will be held at Temple Shir Tikva.

 The guided meditation sessions, which require no prior experience, will seek to leverage the amazing learning from our recent ‘scholar-in-residence’ weekend during which many of us had the opportunity to learn with Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell.  Rabbi Jordan joined us from the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, and helped lead several inspiring sessions that participants found enjoyable, meaningful and perhaps most importantly, accessible.   

We hope you will be able to join us for these sessions, and encourage you to bring a friend or two along (non-members welcome).

Warm regards,
Max Klau & Jeff Maimon

Meditation and Moral Action in a Fractured World - A Taste of Tal Orot

Our world today is wracked with violence. There has been a coarsening of public discourse and growing alienation and polarization. Anger, resentment and indignation, those most toxic emotions, are regarded as justified.  People talk at each other, not with each other.  Compassion and empathetic understanding have been lost.

Rabbi Dr. Meir Sendor, Director of Tal Orot, will present a workshop demonstrating practices from within our Jewish heritage to cultivate deep listening, to learn to give attention and care to others while strengthening self-awareness and self-control.

We will explore the integral relationship between contemplative practice and ethical sensitivity in Jewish tradition.  Our workshop will include meditation practice designed to deepen and expand ethical consciousness together with the study of sources drawn from Talmud, Jewish Philosophy, Kabbalah and Hassidism and the Mussar tradition.

For more information, see talorot.org.

Sunday, December 4, 7 p.m.
Register to join us at http://www.shirtikva.org/talorot by December 1. 

 Meditation and Mindfulness

Scholar in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell

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.     

Schedule:

  • 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.

Register here.

For more information, contact Cantor Hollis Schachner at cantor@shirtikva.org.

 

 

 

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