Thursday, March 22 & Monday, April 23 & Monday, June 11
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jews have played a role in the spread of the teachings of Buddhism and of mindfulness practice in America. Over the past two decades, many rabbis have trained in mindfulness, and Jews across the country find that integrating mindfulness with Jewish practices creates an opening to a meaningful Jewish life. Those with a commitment to Jewish practice access new spiritual depth. Those with little or no connection discover a meaningful entry into Jewish spiritual practices.

In this three-session class we will study the teachings of mindfulness and explore ways to integrate them into Jewish practice. The class format include readings, lecture, discussion, chanting, and a period of silent meditation.

We will focus on daily mindfulness practices for the three periods of our day: morning (Shacharit), afternoon (Mincha), and Evening (Maariv). Between classes, participants can experiment with these practices, and share and support one another on our journeys.

There are no pre-requisites for the class, no prior knowledge of Mindfulness, Buddhism or even Judaism is necessary. The class is open to people of all faiths or no faith.

Rabbi Brian Walt has participated in several training programs in Jewish Mindfulness Meditation. Most recently he completed the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Training program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Tuition: $15 for TvO members, $30 for non-members

To register for this class:
or 607-256-1471


Past topics have included:
*How to Lead a Friday Night Service
*End of Life Care
Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual and Ethical Practice for Ourselves & Our Families: Jewish Values
*Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual and Ethical Practice: An Introduction to Jewish Prayer, The Siddur (Jewish prayer book) and the Shabbat Prayer Service
*Personal and Communal Reflections on The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning
*Kabbalah, Hasidism and Us
*Introduction to Mussar: Nurturing our Ethical Lives
*Hearing Both Sides: Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives What Happened in 1948 and Why Does it Matter?



Have you always wanted to learn Hebrew but never found the time? Did you once know how to read Hebrew, but the rings on the trees have accumulated since your bar/bat mitzvah and your skills are a bit shaky? Can you sort of follow along, but resort to the transliteration every time? Are your kids learning Hebrew and you wish you could help them? If you have nodded your head yes to any of these, you are not alone!
Join us on a self-paced, independent study journey to learn to read Hebrew. Each participant will work through the curriculum independently at her or his own speed. The focus will be on prayer-book Hebrew. We will meet once a month to support and encourage each other, share tricks, ask questions, and read aloud with each other.