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Congregation Beth HaTephila

An Engaging, Inclusive, Reform Congregation in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Jewish Mindfulness


At the heart of physical, emotional and intellectual wellbeing is spiritual well-being.  When we are sick in body, declining in mind, or broken-hearted, an engaged, awake spirit can anchor us.  Moreover, a rich spiritual life can enliven the commonplace, call forth gratitude and lead us to greater flourishing.  However, there is so much that takes our attention away from attending to our spirit and showing up to our lives authentically and skillfully, moment to moment.  How do we cultivate greater spiritual awareness?  What practices can deepen our connection to our soul so that we an meet the vicissitudes of life with grace and thrive?

CBHT has an array of offering in which one can learn and practice mindfulness in a Jewish spiritual context.  Watch for information about our holiday inspired Om Shalom contemplative yoga/somatic healing series, Embracing the Summer Retreat, and monthly Cultivating Kavannah group that are offered throughout the year.


Monday Musings Interview

Rabbi Meiri was interviewed by a colleague about Mindfulness on his Facebook Live show, Monday Musings.  Click on either of the links to watch the interview.

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Embracing the Spirit:
Integrating Mindfulness and Spirituality

Over this 8-week course, we will explore how mindfulness practices, and the psalms, prayers and stories of Judaism offer lessons into connecting to each moment and enriching our spirits.  This class will be co-taught by Scott MacGregor, MS, LPCA, CFLE and Rabbi Batsheva Meiri.

  • Information Session
  • Class 1: Body-sensation as awareness
  • Class 2: Beginner’s mind
  • Class 3: Breath-soul connection
  • Class 4: Mindful movement
  • Class 5: Stress- coping: maladaptive versus healthy
  • Class 6: Connection w/god/relationship
  • All day retreat (9:30 AM – 4:00 PM)
  • Class 7: Blessing ourselves & others / relationships / forgiveness
  • Class 8: Wrap up

Class is limited to 15 participants.  We will start a waiting list after that.  A mandatory information session will be held for all those registered and wait-listed for the class.

Watch the calendar for the next class or check back here!

Fri, December 8 2023 25 Kislev 5784