“One of the life messages I took from the retreat was to notice, instead of being judgmental, during meditation – and during life as well.”

— Lay retreat participant, Winter 2012

Reshet: Jewish Meditation Group Network Webinar Series

Reshet: Jewish Meditation Group Network Webinar Series


Reshet: Jewish Meditation Group Network (formerly V’asu Li Mikdash) is an initiative of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality that supports all those who teach, lead or organize Jewish mindfulness and meditation groups– as well as for those who hope to begin groups.

Our monthly webinars are designed to be a resource and inspiration for those who are involved with teaching Jewish mindfulness and meditation.  Each month we will have a webinar with a guest teacher or presenter who will address key topics within this field.  Some of the webinars will explore practical issues, like ways of structuring meditation groups or fundraising.  Others will address key sociological trends that impact our work, best practices from the secular mindfulness and Buddhist worlds, as well as teachings that draw from the wealth of Jewish wisdom.


Upcoming Webinars: More webinars coming soon! 


Click here to sign up to notified about future webinars.


Previous webinars:

Webinar 1:
Intimacy and Revelation: The Piasetzer Rebbe on the Practice of Receiving Revelation
with Rabbi Dr. James Jacobson Maisels
Sunday, May 22, 2016

How do we hear our own Torah and our own revelation? How do we become spiritual warriors of the heart? In an extraordinarily beautiful teaching from the Warsaw Ghetto the Piaseczner Rebbe teaches us how to do just that. Together we will explore the implications of his profound teachings for our lives and practice.

Rabbi Dr. James Jacobson-Maisels is the founder of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation, and has been studying and teaching meditation and Jewish spirituality for over fifteen years. He teaches Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices and meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Haifa University and Yeshivat Hadar and in a variety of settings around the world. He strives to integrate his study and practice and to help teach and live Judaism as a spiritual discipline.

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view Webinar 1: James Jacobson-Maisels

Webinar 2:
The Way of Mindful Education

with Daniel Rechtschaffen
Thursday, June 30, 2016

This webinar focused on key principles for bringing mindfulness into our classrooms and informal educational settings–including a discussion on differentiation.

Daniel Rechtschaffen, Marriage and Family Therapist, is the author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. He organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education Conference and Teacher Training at the Omega Institute. Daniel offers keynote speeches and mindfulness trainings at conferences, schools, communities, and businesses, such as University of Wisconsin Madison, Google, Esalen Institute, and schools around the globe. Daniel teaches mindfulness through music, sports, storytelling, games and other creative and engaging ways. He is inspired to utilize mindfulness to help us become more conscious, compassionate, and committed to taking care of this miraculous world we live in. He is the founding director of Mindful Education, a mindfulness and social emotional learning platform for educators.

Click here to view Webinar 2: Daniel Rechtschaffen

Webinar 3:
Mindfulness as a Theological Practice
with Rabbi Jeff Roth
Thursday, July 28, 2016

This webinar focused on concepts from Jeff’s new book, Me, Myself, and God, a text on the theology of mindfulness.

Rabbi Jeff Roth is the founder and Director of The Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. Jeff was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim where he served as Executive Director and Spiritual Director for 13 years. He has facilitated over 190 Jewish meditation retreats. Jeff is the author of Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life (2009), and Me, Myself, and God (2016).
The source sheets for this webinar can be downloaded here and here.

Click here to view Webinar 3: Rabbi Jeff Roth

Webinar 4:
Jews, Buddhism, and Jewish Buddhists:
Knowing What We are Doing in Order to be (Even More) Mindful Teachers
with Mira Niculescu
Sunday, August 21, 2016

The brilliance of Jewish thought is perhaps due to the fact that Jews have always borrowed from other cultures in order to better reappraise their own. Along this line, the encounter of Jews with Buddhism in the 20th century may be the most impactful one for late modern Judaism. We all, Jewish meditation teachers, are indebted to this encounter- even perhaps when we teach solely traditional Jewish Meditation. How so? How is Buddhism inspiring us and influencing our rediscovery of Jewish spirituality? What Buddhism inspires us? What to take, what to leave, and where to draw the line?

Drawing both from Mira’s doctoral work on this topic as a sociologist of Religion, and from her own experience as a Jewish meditation teacher, she will try to map the contemporary encounter between Buddhism and Jews in order to help clarify what is it exactly we are doing, where it comes from, and where each of us want to go with it. Because knowledge and reflexivity are essential tools to make us mindful teachers.

Mira Niculescu is an alumna of the full time Beit midrash and Art Fellowship Program at the Drisha Institute of Jewish Education in New York, an alumni of the Section Normale des Etudes Juives (SNEJ) program of the Alliance Israélite Universelle (AIU) à Paris, a member of the Nahum Goldman Fellowship and Gesher (JDC) community, and a Board Member of Limoud France.She is currently pursuing a Phd thesis on contemporary Jewish Spirituality and religious Globalization, in the field of Sociology of Religion, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She is the founder of Neshama (www.neshamameditation.com), a Jewish meditation and Jewish spirituality project. Read Mira’s full bio here.

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view Webinar 4: Mira Niculescu

Webinar 5:
The Practice of Teshuvah: Preparing for the High Holy Days
with Rabbi Sheila Weinberg
Thursday, September 15, 2016

In this webinar, Rabbi Shelia Peltz Weinberg explores the inner dynamics of teshuvah–returning/turning–from the perspective of mindfulness practice.

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg is a rabbi, educator, poet and nationally recognized pioneer in the field of Jewish mindfulness practice. She was a co-founder of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and and has taught mindfulness meditation, yoga, and Hasidic literature to hundreds of rabbis, cantors, and lay leaders. She is the author of Surprisingly Happy: An Atypical Religious Memoir.

Click here to view Webinar 5: Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

Webinar 6:
Hassidut and Mindfulness
with Rabbi Sam Feinsmith
Thursday, October 27, 2016

How can we relate to the body as a source of Torah, divine wisdom and insight? How can we touch the divine itself in our very bodies? These questions figure prominently in the teachings of Rabbi Moshe Chayim Efrayim of Sudilkov, grandson of the Ba’al Shem Tov, and author of Degel Machaneh Efrayim, one of the seminal works of early Hassidism. We will study selections from the opening teaching of his book that provide a working non-dual theological framing and hints that support concrete points in practice. This webinar will also give us an opportunity to continue exploring some of the key differences between Jewish and Buddhist mindfulness practice.

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view Webinar 6: Rabbi Sam Feinsmith

Webinar 7:
How Should We Respond in Times of Adversity? The Wisdom of the Kedushat Levi for This Moment
with Rabbi Jonathan Slater
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Rabbi Jonathan Slater draws upon the wisdom of the Hassidic master, the Kedushat Levi, that offers wisdom for mindfully practicing in this unpredictable and challenging time.

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view Webinar 7: Rabbi Jonathan Slater

Webinar 8:
Connecting Inner and Outer Worlds: Torah, Mindfulness, and Social Justice
with Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg shares a teaching on the weekly Torah portion to make the connection between our inner spiritual practice and the work that our practice leads us to do in the world.

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view Webinar 8: Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg

Webinar 9:
The Mindfulness Practice of Birkat Kohanim
with Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell unpacks the six facets of the Priestly Blessing (Birkat Kohanim, Num. 6:23-27) in the spirit of Jewish mindfulness practice.  Afterwards, we engage in a guiding blessing practice that is designed to help us to not only think about these blessings, but to actively feel them and cultivate them.

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view Webinar 9: Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell

Webinar 10:
A Yogic/Kabbalistic Approach to Meditation and Spiritual Practice

with Rabbi Yoel Glick
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Judaism and Hinduism are two ancient religions with a rich storehouse of inner wisdom and spiritual practices. In this webinar, we will explore some of the meeting points between Hindu and Jewish mysticism and look at how insights from the Yogic and Vedantic approaches to meditation and the spiritual life can help us to vitalize and re-envision Jewish teaching and practice.

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view Webinar 10: Rabbi Yoel Glick

Webinar 11:
Paths to Liberation: Devotion, Surrender, and Social Responsibility

with Igal Harmelin Moria
Thursday, April 6, 2017

What is the connection between and individual search for freedom and collective liberation? In this webinar, Igal Harmelin-Moria, who has been a committed spiritual seeker and teacher for more than four decades, will describe how his practice changed his, and his family’s, understanding of Passover and will explore the practical insights from the Passover story for our day and age.

Click here to view Webinar 11: Igal Harmelin Moria

Webinar 12:
The Mindfulness Practice of Being a Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
with Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This session included practical tips for leading local Jewish meditation groups as well as an exploration of how our practice might inform how we go about teaching.

Click here to view Webinar 12: Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell

Webinar 13:
Insights of the Piasezner Rebbe: Teaching on the Inner Life from Sefer Derekh HaMelekh
with Rabbi Andrea Cohen Kiener
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Derekh HaMelekh— “The Royal Road”—is a collection of teachings by Reb Kalanymous Kalman Shapira, who was the “Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto” as well as a major spiritual leader before the war. These teachings are deeply informed by Jewish tradition, psychological insights and the Rebbe’s own spiritual search. The wisdom he shares is multi-faceted and stunningly contemporary. He sheds light on current paradigm-shift thinking, meditation and radical concepts of God. In this webinar, we use this text to explore our own inner lives.

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view webinar 13: Rabbi Andrea Cohen Kiener

Webinar 14:
Poetry and Jewish Mindfulness
with Dr. Rick Chess
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dr. Chess is a professor of English and Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina Ashville, and has published three volumes of poetry, all with a bend towards Jewish expression. This webinar explores–and experiences–on the many connections of the ways that we can express Jewish mindfulness through writing, and find spiritual practice through reading, writing, and experiencing poetry and other Jewish writings.

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view webinar 14: Dr. Rick Chess

Webinar 15:
Touching a New Mind:
the Ba’al Shem Tov on Mindfulness and Teshuvah

with Rabbi Sam Feinsmith
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

In this webinar Rabbi Sam Feinsmith uses text from Sefer Ba’al Shem Tov to lay the foundation for a neo-hasidic orientation to mindfulness practice in the service of teshuavh, returning to who we truly are. After a period of text study and reflection, Sam leads a spacious guided meditation to bring the text to life in experience. This webinar is a great way to enhance our preparations for the High Holidays. No prior experience with text study or mindfulness meditation practice required to understand.

This webinar is a great way to get used to Sam’s teaching style before subscribing to his Text Study course for 5778!

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view webinar 15: Rabbi Sam Feinsmith.

Webinar 16:
Nurturing our Better Angels:
Torah Through the Lens of Mindfulness and Middot
with Rabbi Marc Margolius
Monday, October 2, 2017

Rabbi Marc Margolius teaches on the use of the weekly Torah portion as a tool for exploring the cultivation of middot, desirable qualities that we can use to better navigate the challenges of our world. Marc explores Torah through a lens of mindfulness practice, giving practical guidelines, as well as deep textual references, for nurturing these qualities for a better life and a healthier soul.

This webinar is a great way to get used to Marc’s teaching style before subscribing to his Text Study course for 5778!

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view webinar 16: Rabbi Marc Margolius.

Webinar 17:
What Now? Meditation for People in Their 20’s
and the People Who Love Them

with Yael Shy
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Join Yael in explores the ways that meditation can be a particularly meaningful and beneficial practice for people in their twenties, as well as their supporters – friends, family, teachers, and mentors. Yael includes some teachings from her new book, What Now? Meditation for People in Their 20’s.

Click here to view webinar 17: Yael Shy

Webinar 18:
Mindfulness in the White House
with Sarah Hurwitz
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sarah Hurwitz is an alumna of IJS’s Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program, and served as a speechwriter for Barack and Michelle Obama. In this webinar, join Sarah and Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell for a wide-ranging interview discussing mindfulness in politics and the White House, as well as her new book project.

Click here to view webinar 18: Sarah Hurwitz

Webinar 19:
First There Is a Mountain, Then There Is No Mountain, Then There Is: Western Psychology, Meditation and Judaism
with David Aftergood
Thursday, February 1, 2018

JMMTT alum and integrative psychiatrist, Dr. David Aftergood, leads this webinar, an exploration of the connections between Jewish spirituality, mindfulness meditation, and psychology.

Click here to view webinar 19: David Aftergood

Webinar 20:
Jewish and Buddhist Perspectives on Going Free: A Pre-Pesach Webinar
with Mira Niculescu
Thursday, March 22, 2018

JMMTT alumna Mira Niculescu discusses the connections between Jewish spirituality, Buddhist teachings, and freedom narratives in this webinar leading up to Pesach.

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.

Click here to view webinar 20: Mira Niculescu

Webinar 21:
Jewish Mindfulness at Camp: A Summer to Last a Lifetime
with Evan Mallah and Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Evan Mallah, IJS alum and longtime lover of Jewish summer camp, discusses the ways that Jewish mindfulness meditation can be integrated at summer camps to create transformative experiences for campers and staff.

Click here to view webinar 21: Evan Mallah

Webinar 22:
Leading Meditative Minyanim
with Rabbi Dan Liben
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Join Rabbi Dan Liben as he discusses meditative minyamim, bringing mindfulness and spirituality into services and prayer.

Click here to view webinar 22: Rabbi Dan Liben

Webinar 23:
Mindful Jewish Leadership
with Or Mars
Thursday, July 26, 2018

As professional and volunteer Jewish leaders one of our most important leadership tools is mindfulness. The qualities the emerge from our practice and tradition can deepen our leadership effectiveness in our organizations and communal institutions. Together we will explore these qualities and use our practice to hone them.

The source sheets for this webinar can be downloaded here:
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Webinar 24:
Elul: If I Turn to You
with Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Thursday, August 20, 2018
Elul, the month of introspection, offers an opportunity to look closely at the quality of our own spiritual practices. How do they work? When do they work? How are they an anchor? A burden? My personal daily practice includes meditation and Torah study, and for the past year I have added writing and posting a song a week. In this webinar, we’ll consider themes, texts, and practices of Elul and the roles of silence, song, and text in spiritual practice. We’ll review our own experience of our spiritual practices and set intentions for the coming year.
The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.
 For more of Dorothy’s teaching and song, go to: www.dorothyrichman.com.  Or, click here to see Dorothy’s videos on YouTube.
Click here to view webinar 24: Dorothy Richman

Webinar 25:

Mindful Torah for our Time: Meeting Challenges with Clarity and Wisdom
with Rabbi Marc Margolius, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Monday, October 22

In this webinar, Marc describes his approach of extracting a middah (soul/ethical trait) from the portion, and applies it in daily living through mindfulness practice, using parshat Vayera as an example.

The source sheet for this webinar can be downloaded here.