FAQ

Why meditate?
Meditating helps us to connect to our deepest source of being. It helps us slow down and become attuned to ourselves, the world around us, and the divine. It is healing and, although not always easy, it can be deeply nourishing and relaxing. To read more about the benefits of meditation, click here.

Do I need to be Jewish?
No – you definitely do not need to be Jewish to attend JMC Brooklyn classes or events. We are a completely inclusive community. Our teachings will come from Jewish sources, and the majority of the teachers we invite will come from within the Jewish meditation world, but we will also have other spiritual disciplines represented and welcomed.

What if I tried meditating in the past, and it didn’t work?
This is a very common question, and it seems that there is a misconception about what meditation is and what it means for it to “work.” So, let’s start there. Meditation means to concentrate on one thing. Pretty simple, right? If you’ve ever done it, you’d answer “NO!” It’s actually difficult to settle your mind and bring your attention back again and again and again to your object of concentration. However, each time you bring your attention back (to your breath, a particular thought, prayer, etc), it’s working. The more you practice this, the easier it gets.

Sometimes simply “showing up” is enough. Cultivating a practice of awareness is exactly that- a practice. We practice being patient, understanding, and compassionate with ourselves and others. We keep practicing. We shine lights of awareness on patterns and relationships; over time, things shift. We evolve, patterns that we wished we could break somehow disappear. That’s how you can tell your meditation practice is working. It’s subtle, but it’s profound, and it requires effort and some amount of patience and stubbornness. Ultimately, though, it’s pretty much guaranteed to positively transform your life.

Do I need to know Hebrew?
Absolutely not. Whenever we incorporate Hebrew prayers or texts, we will always have clear translations and transliteration so that non-Hebrew speakers can follow along and fully understand what is being studied.

When are sits? Where are you located?
Weekly sitting meditation is every Wednesday evening at 8pm. Check the calendar and sign up for our email list, and we’ll send newsletters with upcoming events right to your inbox. And don’t worry – we will never sell your address, and we won’t bombard you with lots of email.

JMC Brooklyn classes and sits happen at the Hannah Senesh School, located at 342 Smith Street: Click here for map.

How can I get involved?
The JMC is a grassroots and growing community organization and your participation is vital! There are many ways to get involved:

Join our mailing list
Email us at info@jmcbrooklyn.org to learn about volunteer opportunities
Participate in our programs
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Check the calendar for upcoming events and classes!