Sept 15 – 22, 2015

Jewish Meditation and Yoga Retreat to Prepare for Yom Kippur

with Rabbis Myriam Klotz, Joanna Katz and Jeff Roth

at Pendle Hill – near Philadelphia, PA

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

This year we are adding a special option to this practice. For those who would like there will be morning and afternoon yoga practice sessions each day. The powerful openings that come with this practice can release patterns in the body that hinder the transformations that we seek in this period of the Jewish Holy-day cycle. You can choose to do yoga once or twice per day or use that time for additional sitting practice.

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.

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Costs for the retreat:


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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Some financial aid is available. Requests for financial aid should be made to Rabbi Roth at

Faculty Biographies

Rabbi Joanna Katz teaches Jewish Meditation and Mindfulness Practice with an emphasis on Insight and Love. She is a long time student of Theravada Buddhism. She applies what she learns through her meditation practice in her work with incarcerated women at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, the only maximum security women’s facility in New York State, where she has served for the past 10 years as the Jewish Chaplain. Joanna teaches meditation in a variety of settings and for the past 16 years she has guided ongoing weekly sitting group. Joanna is a Board Certified Jewish Chaplain and a graduate of The National Institute of Psychotherapies Integrative Trauma Program. She has a Pastoral Psychotherapy Practice in the glorious Hudson River Valley.

Rabbi Myriam Klotz serves as the Director of the Spirituality Initiative at HUC-JIR/New York, and was the Director of Yoga and Embodied Practice at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Jewish Meditation Teacher Training for over fifteen years.  Myriam was the co-founder and director of the Yoga and Jewish Spirituality Teacher Training at Isabella Freedman/Elat Chayyim Jewish Spiritual Retreat Center  and has taught Torah Yoga in many settings for over twenty-five years.

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



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