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Shabbat Afternoon Meditation Sits

Spring 2019 Dates: March 23rd; April 6th; May 4th; June 1st
Shabbat Afternoons, 1:30pm - 3:00pm in the TBZ Sanctuary

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 tovu'ma nayim shevet achim gam yachad." How good and skillful it is for brothers and sisters to sit together.

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

Everyone is welcome to attend! Registration is not required.

Friday AM Meditation/Mindfulness Practice Group

Spring 2019 Friday AM Meditation/Mindfulness
Practice Group Sessions

Apr 12; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 
Jun 7, 14, 21

9:30-11:00am, TBZ sanctuary

with Bobbi Isberg,
Sheila Yoheved Katz, and
Reggie Silberberg

Registration Deadline: April 5th
Open to everyone!

Nishmat Hayyim at TBZ is delighted to continue its Friday morning meditation/mindfulness practice group this Spring, to begin on April 12th. Our cohort is supportive and brings warmth to the cold winter months as we 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 the 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 5th

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Spring Drop-in Dates: March 15th & 22nd; April 5th; June 28th
No registration required! A great way to start your day -- bring friends & family!

Daylong Meditation Retreat at Just Right Farm

A Daylong Meditation Retreat
April 28, 2019 | 9:30am - 4:30pm
at Just Right Farm in Plympton, MA

"T'sumet Lev"
Paying Attention with the Heart

The Modern Hebrew words for “pay attention" means 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, Apr 15th.
Registration Fee: $72 per person, $54 for seniors, $36 for students. Scholarships available.

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You may also register by calling the office at 617.566.8171.

The registration fee is non-refundable. If you cancel, the fee may be put toward another retreat. If paying by check, call the office to say you are sending your check made out to Nishmat Hayyim at TBZ, and give the office all of your contact info, especially your email address, so that you will be able to receive important information for this retreat. The address is Temple Beth Zion, 1566 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446. Write “Apr 28, 2019 Day-Long Meditation Retreat” on the memo line of your check. Payment must be received by Apr 15.

About the Teachers

Bobbi Isberg practices psychiatry and teaches child psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her meditation practice has been developing over the past several decades with guidance from Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, the Insight Meditation Society, the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training of IJS and the community of Temple Beth Zion. She began leading weekly meditation groups at Nishmat Hayyim in 2005 and now co-leads monthly Shabbat afternoon meditation retreats at Temple Beth Zion with Yoheved Sheila Katz.

Yoheved Sheila Katz teaches Contemplative Practice and Middle East History at Berklee College of Music. Her Jewish contemplative practice has been nurtured for decades by Hebrew chant, mindfulness meditation, Hebrew text study, yoga, and extended silent retreats at the Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program, Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training, Spirit Rock, Forest Refuge, and Plum Village. She co-leads monthly Shabbat meditation retreats at Temple Beth Zion with Bobbi Isberg.

Mark E. Russo has practiced as a veterinarian for 40 years specializing in veterinary neurology and holistic medicine. He is President of the Board of Directors of Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and formerly chaired the Board of Directors of Elat Chayyim Jewish Retreat Center. Mark has been practicing meditation and yoga for several decades and is extremely grateful to have studied with and been influenced by many teachers.

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