September 24 to 29, 2017

Preparing for Yom Kippur 5778

with Rabbi Jeff Roth and Ruth Jacobson

at Am Kolel Retreat Center in Maryland

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A Five-Night Jewish Meditation Retreat
September 24th – 29th, 2017

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. Five 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.

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.

We are excited to have Ruth Jacobson joining us for this retreat.  She had been a regular teacher of our annual Three Week Retreat in years past, and we are pleased she is returning to lend her wisdom to this special time of year.

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 (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org with requests for aid.

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

The retreat will be held at:

Am Kolel Sanctuary and Renewal Center, 19520 Darnestown Road, Beallsville, MD 20839 (

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 and Me, Myself and God from Jewish lights Publishing.

Ruth Jacobson, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner, and yoga teacher in private practice. Her personal and professional focus has been on bringing loving presence to everyday life. In particular, Ruth work includes relating to the body as teacher, and learning to live with an open heart.  She draws from a variety of spiritual and psychological sources, while finding her spiritual home in Judaism.


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