September 6 - 13, 2013

Jewish Meditation Retreat

with Rabbi Jeff Roth, Beth Sandweiss, Larry Schwartz

at the Menla Mountain Retreat, Phoenicia, NY

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The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the peak period in the Jewish Holy-day cycle for the deep inner work that can prepare us to renew our relationship to the Divine and to all Being that marks the real spiritual meaning of Yom Kippur.

Spending these days in silent meditation and contemplating the experience of life is a profound way to enter Yom Kippur itself. Spending seven days in contemplative practice is a uniquely powerful way to identify old patterns, gain balance in our lives and cultivate a grateful heart, which can see the truth of our lives more clearly. It is a form of entering the Holy of Holies where the Divine Presence can be found and in so doing we can reconnect to the Divine within.

Using the vehicle of silence and a variety of Jewish meditation approaches this retreat will help you to look deeply into your own life. The retreat includes daily periods of prayer, chant and yoga. Daily instruction in meditation will help guide both beginning and advanced practitioners into the sacred space of the retreat process. Throughout the retreat we will maintain social silence. There will also be times for questions and answers as well as small group and private interviews with the instructors.

The costs of this meditation retreat include only room and board. The teachings are presented without added fees to support the teaching staff. Participants will be asked to make a voluntary contribution to support the teachers.

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Registration Information

Retreat Costs:
Single w/private bath – $1,600
Single w/shared bath – $1,500
Double w/private bath – $1,200
Double w/shared bath – $1,000
Triple – $750
Quad – $675
Camping – $713
Commuting – $596

Faculty Biographies

Rabbi Jeff Roth is the founder and Director of The Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. He was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim where he served as Executive Director and Spiritual Director for 13 years. He is the co-leader of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training program and has facilitated of over 90 Jewish meditation retreats. He is the author of, Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life, from Jewish lights Publishing.

Beth Sandweiss has been practicing meditation for 25 years and is completing the Jewish Mindfulness Teachers Training Program. She is a co-founder of the Jewish Meditation Center of Montclair NJ. Beth a therapist and teaches mindfulness meditation to groups including parents, children and teens through the Synagogue Social Work Program in New Jersey. She completed Rabbi Shefa Gold’s Kol Zimra Chant Leader program in 2009 and leads chant/meditation in NJ and at Congregation Romemu in NYC.

Larry Schwartz is the Chair of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Larry cofounded the Jewish Meditation Center of Montclair NJ and started the Shivti meditation program at Romemu in NYC. Larry teaches mindfulness at the Beit Rabban elementary school on the Upper West Side. He has completed the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality as well as the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.


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