The JMC is a groundbreaking grassroots organization run by and for young (and young-at-heart) Jews who experience spirituality as a living and breathing presence in our lives. More grassroots than guru, more hip than hippie, the JMC is a progressive and innovative space for people to experience the transformative qualities of Jewish meditation. In addition to our weekly meditation sessions, programming includes workshops, retreats, and social events.
Weekly Sitting Meditations
At the core of the JMC community are our weekly meditation sits, in which community members join to cultivate their meditation practice in a welcoming, peaceful, and supportive environment. Each week, one of our community volunteer leaders guides the meditation session, providing a kavanah, or intention, based on that week’s Torah portion or upcoming Jewish holiday. These weekly neighborhood sits create a way for Jewish meditation to be integrated into daily life.
The sits, which take place on Wednesday evenings at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, are structured around 40 minutes of silent meditation, typically split into two 20-minute sessions. The JMC encourages discussion and reflection from our community members between each session.
“Getting in the Mood” Holiday Workshops
Before major Jewish holidays, the JMC often hosts “Getting in the Mood” events, usually alongside other local Jewish groups. These workshops and celebrations are meant to cultivate more awareness around the traditions of these special occasions, while also creating some traditions of our own. Past events have included contemplative candle-lighting during Hanukah and thought-provoking discussions and writing-meditations before the high holidays. Be sure to check our calendar and join us as we get in the mood for the next Jewish holiday!
Jewish holidays are a time to celebrate, and no one does this better, or more mindfully, than the JMC. At our various holiday celebrations JMC-ers have meditated over their beers or Chanukah latkes, contemplated their fruit at Tu B’Shvat seders, and mindfully welcomed in Shabbat. Each meditation-infused celebration helps to build and nurture the JMC community, so check our calendar and join us at the next Jewish holiday event!
The JMC often partners with the Isabella Freeman Jewish Retreat Center on weekend or weeklong meditation retreats, which allow JMC community members to fully immerse themselves in meditation in a comfortable and safe environment. Retreats place emphasis on grounding participants in meditation as well as challenging their current practice. Through these immersive meditation retreats, the JMC joins with the larger spiritual community to deepen our connection to mindfulness and meditation, as well as connect to other meditation communities. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about our next retreat!