Or HaLev: Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation

    Awakening to Freedom

    A Pre- Passover Online Retreat

    Saturday night, March 20  - Wednesday, March 24, on Zoom. Registration ends March 17! 

    Join the International Or HaLev Community as we embark on a new level of collective practice. With staff on two continents, this retreat will be running 24 hours a day, making it accessible to people all across the planet. Join us for the full immersive experience or work this retreat into your other obligations in part-time practice.

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    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. 

    Each year at Passover we are told to experience this time as if we ourselves had come out of Egypt, as though we ourselves were freed from slavery. How can we taste this kind of freedom? 

    We are all slaves to our habits of mind, heart and body and it is simple pure practice of awareness that can set us free. 

    In this retreat we will begin the liberation of our hearts, bodies, minds and souls through practice. Grounded in Jewish mindfulness practice, this retreat will include daily sit, chanting and teachings. In Addition to practicing and learning in our mail online meditation hall, each participant will be assigned to question and answer sessions in small groups

    Sample  Schedules


    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.

    Rabbi Dorothy Richman

    Dorothy Richman serves as the rabbi of Makor Or: Jewish Meditation Center and is a founding faculty member of the new Romemu Yeshiva, a six-week immersive program of intensive spiritual study and practice in New York City. Dorothy's work centers on the spiritual practices of Torah study, prayer, and justice. She  recently released an album of original songs, Something of Mine, largely based on texts from the Jewish tradition, available on BandCamp. 

    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.

    Genevieve Greinetz, Rabbinic Intern

    A student at Hebrew College Rabbinical School, Genevieve holds an M.A. from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She is a certified yoga teacher and worked as an organic farmer, studied Chinese tea, is a published poet and founding editor of an up-and-coming inter-cultural journal.  Genevieve is intrigued by the whole gamut of human experience.

    ​Registeration 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.

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    In this time of uncertainty and unprecedented change, Or HaLev is greatfull to those supporters who allow us to offer scholarship rates those who need it.  We are deeply greatfull 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.