Here at Beth Am, we are creating opportunities for finding and nourishing a contemplative spirit. You are invited to participate no matter what your experience -- new to meditation, experienced with practice from any tradition, curious or just plain skeptical: Shabbat Morning Meditation; 2-Minute Meditations from Rabbi Marder; and Music & Meditation with Cantor Jaime Shpall & Rachael Shea.Read more
Abraham contemplated the stars and listened to God. Isaac met Rebecca when he went out to the field to meditate, and like the prophets after him, Jacob had visions. Our matriarchs had life-changing private moments with the Holy One -- crying out, laughing aloud and questioning the Divine Plan. The psalmists uttered their inmost thoughts while alone in nature, and Elijah heard a small silent voice in the cave. From the Talmud, we learn that the rabbis gathered to deepen kavanah (direction of the heart) before praying. And throughout our sacred texts, we find music accompanying the richly varied ways in which our ancestors cultivated an inner life.
Shabbat Morning Meditation
8:00 AM, Room Gimmel
Taking to heart a word or phrase from the weekly parashat ha shavuah, we sit together in silence for twenty minutes. All are welcome whether you have a personal practice or you want to develop one. Instruction available on request.
2-Minute Meditations from Rabbi Marder
These are short recordings to use any time you like. We hope that they will open doors to the treasures of our tradition and help you find a few moments each day to replenish your spirit. The first set of seven is now available online. Rabbi Janet Marder offers contemporary reflections on Psalm 121, with music from Cantor Jaime Shpall and suggestions for silent meditation from Rachael Shea.
Music & Meditation with Cantor Jaime Shpall & Rachael Shea
First Wednesday Each Month, 6:00 PM, Chapel
Meeting the first Wednesday of each month in the Chapel, this class offers melodies that raise consciousness and expand the spirit. We will find lessons for meditation in Chasidic texts and other Jewish sources, and we will practice techniques for engaging the mind in machshavah tovah, literally "good thought."
For more information, please contact Rachael.