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Nishmat Hayyim Upcoming Events

April 12th, 2017  |  Events

Friday AM Meditation/Mindfulness Practice Group

Spring 2017 – Friday AM Meditation Mindfulness Practice Group

April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM in the TBZ sanctuary
with Reb Moshe Waldoks, Bobbi Isberg, and Sheila Yoheved Katz

Registration Deadline: April 6
Open to everyone!!

Registration required. To Register click HERE.

Nishmat Hayyim at TBZ is delighted to offer its Friday morning meditation/mindfulness practice group this Spring to begin April 14 which will also be our open house for those who would like to experience at Friday AM session. This third round of 9 sessions ends our third year as we continue to experience mindfulness as a way of being with the truth of what is. Mindfulness is an open, curious,
non-judgmental, tender presence.

These sessions have become a home for a Jewish meditation community, helping to both deepen and continue this challenging discipline together, cultivating wisdom, compassion, happiness, and the ability to respond to this complex life and world. All levels of meditators, beginners and experienced, who want support for starting or deepening a regular practice are welcome!

The 90 minute sessions include chant, a 45 minute silent sit, teachings from Jewish, Buddhist, and other mindfulness texts, discussion, and check-ins about our practice.

All of us are thrilled about this evolving program and hope that you will be able to join us…..we look forward to ‘being’ with you and ‘sitting’ with you!!

Cost: Free for TBZ members, $180 for non-TBZ members, $135 for returning participants. Registration deadline – April 6

Download a PDF version of the flyer here.

Nishmat Hayyim at TBZ presents
A Day-Long Meditation Retreat
June 4, 2017 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
at Just Right Farm in Plympton, MA
“T’sumet Lev”
Paying Attention with the Heart

The Modern Hebrew words for “pay attention” mean literally “to place the heart.” In meditation, we turn our heart again and again to whatever is arising in the present moment, intentionally practicing compassion toward ourselves and opening to experience. Join us for a day of mindful sitting, walking, yoga, silent lunch, prayer, chant & contemplative Torah study. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for a day-long meditation retreat in nature.

Open to everyone.
All levels of meditators are welcome.
Limited to 25 people!
Retreat will be led by Bobbi Isberg, Yoheved Sheila Katz, and Mark Russo.

We have a special opportunity to gather at Mark and Kimberley Russo’s “Just Right Farm,” a quiet beautiful place in the country about an hour from Boston for a day-long silent retreat. Kim will prepare an exquisite lunch from the farm. We will support each other’s practice whether we are beginning or experienced.

Registration DEADLINE is Thursday, May 25, 12 Noon.
Registration Fee: $72 per person, $54 for seniors, $36 for students Scholarships available.
For more information and to REGISTER, CLICK HERE.

Download a PDF of the flyer.

Shabbat Afternoon Meditation Sits

Apr 15 May 13

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM in the TBZ sanctuary
with Bobbi Isberg and Yoheved Sheila Katz

Coming together in stillness to be with the truth of what arises and passes in each moment, without fixing or adding anything.
Be fully alive to the hidden essence of Shabbat vayinafash. Stop and ensoul. Hineh Ma Tov!

“YHVH reveals Itself as that which frees us from Narrow Places and brings us home. Come learn the Torah’s meditation instructions for the path of freedom and homecoming.”

Beginners and Experienced Meditators Welcome

New Shabbat Afternoon Meditation Schedule

  • 1:30 – 2:15  Chant and Shabbat Meditation sit
  • 2:15 – 2:25 Walk and Stretch/Break
  • 2:25 – 2:40 Teaching or Contemplative Torah Study
  • 2:40 – 2:55 Q & A and Discussion
  • 2:55 – 3:00 Closing Sit

“Hineh ma tov u’ma nayim shevet achim gam yachad.” How good and skillful it is for brothers and sisters to sit together.

Yoheved Sheila Katz and Bobbi Isberg will lead a chant, sitting/walking meditation, a teaching or contemplative Torah study. Bring pillows/sitting equipment that you need for comfort, and a water bottle. We’ll provide chairs. There is no fee for attending. All teachings and arrangements are given freely. Please join us in this practice of generosity that is the foundation of our lives, giving what you can after Shabbat ends. Donation checks can be made out to “Nishmat Hayyim at TBZ” with (The date) Shabbat Afternoon Meditation Retreat’ written on the memo line of your check. We dedicate our practice to the benefit of all beings. We look forward to sitting with you!

We dedicate our practice to the benefit of all beings. We look forward to sitting with you.



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