October 6 to 10, 2016

Preparing for Yom Kippur 5777

with Rabbi Jeff Roth, Rabbi Sheila Weinberg

at Am Kolel Retreat Center in Maryland

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A Four-Night Jewish Meditation Retreat
October 6th – 10th, 2016

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

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 liturgical chant. Daily instruction in meditation will help guide both beginning and advanced practitioners into the sacred space of the retreat process.  There will be optional Yoga sessions.

Throughout the retreat we will maintain social silence. There will also be times for questions and answers as well as individual conferences with the teachers. The retreat includes in a celebration of Shabbat followed by the chance to hear of each other’s learning as the retreat comes to a close.

Registration Information

The cost of the retreat includes room and board. The teachings are presented without fees included. Participants will be asked to make a voluntary contribution to support the teacher.

Costs for the retreat are:

Financial support is available through The Awakened Heart Project. Contact (Jeff@awakenedheartproject.org) jeff (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org with requests for aid.

For questions about registration or for additional information contact (brian@awakenedheartproject.org) brian (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org

The retreat will be held at:

Am Kolel Sanctuary and Renewal Center, 19520 Darnestown Road, Beallsville, MD 20839 (sanctuaryretreatcenter.com).

All meals are vegetarian, with some fish. Space limited to 24 people.

To register for the retreat: Click Here To Register.

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 190 Jewish meditation retreats. He is the author of, Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life, from Jewish lights Publishing.

Rabbi Sheila Weinberg served as a congregational rabbi for seventeen years. Rabbi Weinberg has studied mindfulness for 26 years. She has introduced meditation into the Jewish world as a form that can both enliven and illuminate Jewish practice, ideas and community. She was a founder and senior teacher for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, a retreat based program for Jewish leaders ((jewishspirituality.org). She also serves as a spiritual director to rabbis, cantors and educators across the country. She is a developer and teacher of the Jewish Mindfulness Teachers’ Training. Her CD, Preparing the Heart: Meditation for Jewish Spiritual Practice integrates Jewish sacred text and meditation. Her first book, Surprisingly Happy: An Atypical Religious Memoir was published in 2010.


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