38 Wentworth Road
London. NW11 0RL
Tel + 44 (0) 7957 270 899
JEWISH MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION ('JMM')
& KAVANNAH YOGA
One hour sessions. Open to all.
I am pleased to be part of an initiative that has been running for three years – to establish a home for Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation in the UK .
An hour entirely dedicated to Jewish meditation and contemplation. Open to all.
Led by a different guest expert facilitators.
Sessions run at Alyth Gardens from 9.15 - 10.15 the third saturday of the month to offer a contemplative moment before the Saturday morning services – to put those attending into a heart – mind space of calm presence. And to those for whom traditional prayers does not 'speak' this works as a stand alone quiet space for reflection'.
We have created sessions mark special moments or events in the calendar – whether it be the the High Holy Days, or LImmud ( Limmud.org), a Jewish Yoga Day event, or a special hour at JW3.
Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation ('JMM @ Alyth')
High Holy Days
'Yamim Noraim' at Alyth
Wednesday 12th September @ 8-9pm with Mika Hadar-Borthwick
Thursday 13th September @ 8-9pm with Maxine Levy
Friday 14th September @ 5.15-6.15pm with Rabbi Mark Goldsmith & Mika Hadar-Borthwick
JMM on Shabbat - the whole year round
Alyth on Saturday Morning
‘Opening into Shabbat with Movement, Contemplation & Teaching’
When: The third Saturday of the Month
17th November & 5th December 15 with Mika Hadar
Special JMM Shabbat Service at Alyth
10.30 – 12.15
Join Rabbi Mark and Maxine Levy for a service combining traditional prayers and an interactive Torah reading with meditations to help us make the transitions and changes we aim for during High Holy Days.
JMM Yom Kippur at the Sternberg Centre : Tefillah and Spirituality Track
Wednesday 19th September . Tefillah and Spirituality Track
For those who need something deeper for the soul.
14:00 – 15:00 Imrei Finu Avodah
(Room of Prayer – Manor House 1st Floor) Led by Rabbi Josh Levy
Imrei Finu is a guitar-led service with singing to new and familiar melodies and plenty of silence. In this special service, we will echo the path taken by the High Priest during the Avodah service in our own song and reflection.
15:15 – 16:15 Hitboddedut
(Room of Prayer – Manor House 1st Floor). Led by Rabbi Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav wrote we should “set aside time each day to meditate and pray alone in a room or a meadow to express our innermost thoughts and feelings and personal prayers to God.” His followers called this practice Hitboddedut. Join Rabbi Mark to experience this practice, including a period of silence, concentrating on the struggles in our lives and finding the peace and personal space to begin to overcome them.
16:30 – 17:30 Minchah Meditation
(Room of Prayer – Manor House 1st Floor) Led by Maxine Levy and Mika Borthwich
Allow stillness to infuse your inner Yom Kippur journey through Jewish Mindfulness Meditation. Jonah the prophet journeyed down from Jaffa, to the ship, to the whale then back up into the world in the Haftorah that we read at Minchah. Mika and Maxine will guide you down into yourself and back to the possibilities of the coming year in this relaxing and restful hour of meditation.
18.45 Neilah for the Soul
(Room of Prayer – Manor House 1st Floor) Rabbi Mark and Mikah Hadar-Borthwick
Join Rabbi Mark and Mika for an opportunity to experience the closing of the gates of repentance in a quiet space, with prayer, poetry and kabbalistic mystical text interspersed with silence and vocal vowel meditation, enabling us to take the closing hour in to our souls. We will return to the main service in time for the final 'avenu malkenu' and blow of the shofar to end yom kippur.
No charge & no need to book – just drop in
(For Sternberg Centre entry is only possible if you have purchased a 'High Holy Day Ticket' from the Alyth synagogue office.
Please e-mail us at JMM@Alyth.org.uk if you have any queries.
No charge on Saturdays.
Alyth Gardens Synagogue, Alyth Gardens, London NW11 7EN
No you do not have to be Jewish to attend :). These sessions reflect universal wisdoms , shared by all. All faiths welcome. No experience required.
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Jewish Mindfulness & Meditation at 'Limmud'
Look out for workshops led by members of our team
More about JMM and the meaning of the word 'Kavannah'
The word 'Kavannah' is used throughout classical Jewish sources and means 'cultivating intention ' or 'mindfulness'. Rabbi Mark Goldsmith and I created Kavannah Yoga to explore fresh ways of cultivating a personal spiritual practice. We read from selected Jewish texts and interweave this with traditional yoga postures, movement, breathing and meditation techniques.
JMM and Kavannah Yoga is a great way to centre the mind, to enhance your physical fitness and mental well-being. Come and experience a gentle yoga class with a Jewish twist – a fusion of yoga and Jewish meditation. No experience required. Less physically able participants are welcome to join in these enjoyable sessions seated in a chair.
Kavannah Yoga developed as a way of bringing breath, sound and body that were Judaism at the time of Maimonedes – back into the practice of meditation and prayer – of connecting with oneself/god and with our existence/ the universe.
All religions and spiritual philosophies share common ground – to help us as individuals understand ourselves. Kavannah Yoga emerged five years ago from discussions that Mark Goldsmith, rabbi at the North Western Reform Synagogue, and myself, a yoga teacher, have on the differences and overlaps between Jewish doctrine and yoga philosophy.
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"The session of Rabbi Marks and Maxine was a very welcoming space for observing and becoming aware of my breath and words of Torah combined. Moving slowly with my breath, noticing how calming it feels to synchronise movement with my breath, was something I thoroughly enjoyed. Maxine has a very clear and grounding voice, which does help to relax and listen to words of wisdom".
“Maxine and Mark’s session on kavannah yoga was a compelling combination of yoga poses, breathing, meditation and exploration of ancient Jewish texts. Together they brought alive the wisdom of the rabbis and applied it in a real and embodied way, creating a powerful synthesis of Judaism and yoga.
Maxine held the space wonderfully and expertly guided us through the poses in an extremely eloquent, articulate and compassionate manner. Mark’s discussion and interpretation of the rabbinic texts demonstrated the relevance of yoga to the Jewish tradition and helped me deepen my understanding of both my own tradition and of yoga.
I left feeling uplifted and inspired and wanting to know more.”
"I really loved the description of the different words for and meanings of the breath and then doing the breathing practice...also the chanting at the end was very powerful and brought it all together.
I alternately struggle – or don't bother to struggle – to bring my Judaism and yoga together in some coherent way so it is wonderful when you and Mark do it for me.
It left me with a sense of wholeness and completeness".