September 11 to 18, 2018

Days of Awe Meditation Retreat 5779

with Rabbis Jeff Roth and Phyllis Berman

at Am Kolel Retreat Center in Maryland

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A Seven-Night Jewish Meditation Retreat
September 11th – 18th, 2018

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 Phyllis Berman joining us for this retreat.  She had been teaching on the High Holidays for many years, and we are pleased she is returning to lend her creativity and 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.

Rabbi Phyllis Berman is a Renewal rabbi ordained by ALEPH in the first class of women in 2004.  She now works from home or phone as a spiritual director, companioning people to strengthen the G!D voice within each of us.  Berman has been the leader of Shabbat Torah services at Jewish meditation retreats at Elat Chayyim (Accord, NY and Falls Village, CT) for 18 years.  She’s now retired from founding and directing the Riverside Language Program, an English-language Ulpan for adult immigrants and refugees recently resettled in NYC. She loves reading, baking, swimming, chanting and I-Thou relationships with beloveds known and as yet unknown.



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