The seven-week period between the holiday of Passover (celebrating our liberation from Egypt) and the holiday of Shavuot (celebrating our receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai) is known as Sefirat HaOmer, the Counting of the Omer. Traditionally, this is a time set aside for personal self-discovery and growth. People often engage in the weekly study of middot (ethical character traits) including compassion, strength, enthusiasm, truth, humility, beauty and equanimity. This year during the Counting of the Omer, the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis invites you to participate in our 50-Day Meditation and Middot Challenge. Challenge yourself to meditate for at least 10 minutes every day and engage in at least one new practice a week to actualize these middot in your life.
The JMC occasionally presents classes as part of the MakomSTL initiative at Congregation Shaare Emeth.
This six-week class provides students with a foundation to begin their own mindfulness meditation practice that is infused with Jewish wisdom. Each class provides opportunities for study and practice in a warm, nurturing environment. Open to beginners and long-time meditators alike.
Do you find yourself constantly running from one activitiy to the next with hardly a moment to breathe? Do you wish you were more present for and less anxious about your children? Your spouse? Yourself? If so, you may benefit from the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming aware and awake to the world around us. The practice of mindful parenting allows us to be more open and more present, without judgment or fear, to our lives and the lives of our children. Whether the parent of a toddler or teen, Mindful Parenting offers opportunities for study, discussion, meditation and friendship.
Combining mindfulness practices and mussar (ethical development) study, Tikkun Middot cohorts come together on a monthly basis to explore a variety of ethical character traits in order to promote a greater sense of compassion, respect and holiness within individuals and the community.
This groundbreaking program is designed to meet the social, emotional and spiritual needs of Jewish seekers entering their 60’s and 70’s. Jewish texts, poetry, secular writing, prayer, meditation and contemplative listening are all tools used in this program to challenge participants to develop their own sense of what it means to “number our days” and “grow a heart of wisdom.”
From contemplative Erev Rosh HaShanah and Kol Nidre services to mindful experiences during Chanukah and Sukkot, from mindfully walking through the days of Elul to attentively counting the days of the omer, join the JMC for a variety of mindful holiday programming each year.
For general inquiries, please contact Rabbi Andrea Goldstein at [email protected].