Busy Busy Busy: Making Space on the High Holy Days

As the High Holy Days approach and I prepare to join Rabbi Dan Ain and Jeremiah Lockwood for 92Y’s OBSERVE: High Holy Days in Brooklyn services, I’ve been thinking about the Jewish practice of creating spaces for people to gather and reflect. It seems like there’s often no time in the day to really pay […]

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Beer, Jews, and Enlightenment 2010

Wednesday night was the JMC’s 2nd annual “Beer, Jews, and Enlightenment” party. Even in the rain, we had a great turnout and a lot of fun. When we first started the Jewish Meditation Center, we put a survey up on our website to see if we could gauge what programming would most interest everyone. Out […]

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shana tova trees!

Tu B’Shvat, the 15th of the month of Shvat, is the “New Year of the Trees,” kind of like the Jewish version of Earth Day… only with a whole bunch of mysticism. On Saturday night, we had a JMC/Brooklyn Jews Taste of Tu B’Shvat Seder in Brooklyn. It was a seder based on divine sustainability […]

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Come light the menorah…

We lit candles on the chanukiah tonight and watched them during our sit. It was incredibly lovely, especially watching them each burn out, one by one, returning us to darkness. I’ve been thinking so much about bringing light into dark places, and yesterday during the practice day with Rabbi Jeff Roth, he brought up something […]

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Walking Meditation Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Tonight (7pm, meet us on the Manhattan side of the Bridge) we’re walking, mindfully and meditatively, across the Brooklyn Bridge with the Brooklyn Zen Center. The Brooklyn Bridge, iconic and beautiful and fun to walk across, is sort of a perfect physical metaphor. Bridging traditions, connecting mindfulness to daily life, and if you haven’t been […]

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Beer, Jews, and Enlightenment: JMC Brooklyn’s Kickoff Party

Monday Morning Poem

First Lesson by Philip Booth Lie back, daughter, let your head be tipped back in the cup of my hand. Gently, and I will hold you. Spread your arms wide, lie out on the stream and look high at the gulls. A dead- man’s-float is face down. You will dive and swim soon enough where […]

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Circumcising the Heart – the start of JMC’s weekly sits!

As the daughter of a Rabbi, I’m always surprised when I read something completely new – or that I never noticed before – in the  Torah. I’ve been through YEARS of Hebrew school, heard hundreds of sermons, sat through countless Torah services and study sessions, you would think I would get the basic story by […]

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