Or HaLev: Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation

    Tending the fire within: A HaMakom-Or HaLev Online Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

    Sunday, May 2  - Monday May 3, on Zoom. 

    Register now. Registration ends on Wednesday 28th of April!

    Full Experience

    Come for the full experience, joining us for an immersion into silence and deep seamless practice.

    Daily Sessions

    Join us for the daily practice and teachings sessions where we will explore a particular theme, such as liberation from anxiety, through both teachings and specific concrete practices.

    Dropping In

    Weave the  aspects of retreat into your life, dropping into silence and shared practice and then returning to your engagement with other aspects of your life as appropriate. 

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    On the heels of the festival of Lag B'Omer, which is intimately associated with bonfires, HaMakom and Or HaLev invite you to turn towards the fire within,our passion and vitality, our desire and energy, our anger, eros and fierce love. Sometimes it burns brightly, and sometime it is an ember; sometimes we hope to cool the flames, and sometimes we seek to cultivate them. Led By Rav James Jacobson-Maisels, this online retreat will offer a variety of practices for working skilfully with these possibilities, including sitting meditation, walking meditation, chanting, talks, Q&A and the opportunity to share experiences in small groups.

    Sample  Schedules

    Led by Rabbi Dr. James Jacobson Maisels

    Rabbi Dr. James Jacobson Maisels

    Rav James directs the vision of Or HaLev & is a devotee of mindfulness practice. Ordained by Rav Daniel Landes, with a doctorate in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago, Rav James lectures internationally on Jewish Spiritual practices. He also teaches at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Haifa University & Yeshivat Hadar. He strives to integrate his study with his practice, & to help teach & live Judaism as a spiritual discipline.

    Assisted by: 

    Dr. Mira Neshama Niculescu

    Dr. Mira Neshama Niculescu is a Paris-born scholar and teacher of Jewish spirituality and Meditation. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion at Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (EHESS). A certified Jewish Mindfulness Teacher with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), Mira is an orthodox smicha Fellow at the Yeshiva Har’El in Jerusalem.

    Bev Cohen

    Bev has been practising meditation for 25 years and it is central to her life. She has facilitated a regular weekly meditation group in north London and teaches one to one sessions in Brighton. She has qualified in mindfulness-based approaches for teaching (MBCT/MBSR) with the NHS. She has had the privilege of sitting with some of the world’s best meditation teachers.

     Gidon Fineman

    Gidon trained to teach mindfulness at the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre (OMC). He has taught mindfulness courses for Oxford University students, as well as co-teaching on the OMC’s 8-week MBCT course for the general public. Gidon is delighted to be a member of the HaMakom teaching faculty.

    Tickets are limited as it is extremely important for us to personally meet and work with each and every one of you!

    ​Registration and Payment

    We believe that our beautiful Jewish tradition and life-changing mindfulness practice should be available and accessible to every person who may find it supportive. This is why you can choose how much to pay for this event. By choosing to pay more than the standard rate, you enable those who cannot afford the basic rate to join us on retreat. 

    Your payment goes directly to supporting the retreat, its direct costs and the sponsoring organizations. None of your payment goes to support the teachers. Rather, at the end of the retreat, you will be invited to donate, to make an offering of the heart, to support the teachers and this practice.

    To pay in pounds sterling, please register on HaMakom's web site 

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    In this time of uncertainty and unprecedented change, Or HaLev is grateful to those supporters who allow us to offer scholarship rates those who need it.  We are deeply grateful for the sustainers who  make it possible for us to offer practices for grounding and healing, rooted in Jewish tradition. 

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    *Please write to orhalevconnect@gmail.com if you need to request additional aid beyond the scholarship rate. 

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    Any questions? Contact our Community Manager, Carrie Watkins at orhalev.connect@gmail.com 

    She's here to help - you can ask anything, from logistical queries to ponderings on the nature of virtual community.