The Spirituality Initiative

The Spirituality Initiative aims to bring mindfulness and contemplative practices to the educational experience of those training to become rabbis, cantors, and educators at our New York campus.

Now in its third year, the Initiative offers opportunities for students, faculty, and staff on campus to participate in curricular and extra-curricular programming that incorporates both experiential learning and critical thinking. Through the formal practice of mindfulness and an overall integration of mindful awareness in the campus community, the educational experience will provide a strong container for growth in integrated personal and professional religious leadership skills such as self-awareness, compassion, and wisdom.

To date, offerings of the Spirituality Initiative have included a year-long course about Jewish Mindfulness and Spiritual Practices, individual Spiritual Direction, and monthly practice labs for Jewish mindfulness meditation and yoga.

We will continue to expand the offerings of the Spirituality Initiative within the curriculum and beyond. Future programs will include the training of Jewish Spiritual Directors, retreats, summer intensives, and further opportunities on- and off-campus to integrate Jewish mindfulness practice in arenas such as social justice and environmental activism.

Upcoming Events > “Gateways through Piyutim:  Devotional Prayer through Text Study, Music, Meditation, and Yoga” – A June Intensive at HUC-JIR/New York

In The News > Spirituality Initiative of the New York School, Made Possible by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation

For Further Information > Please contact Rabbi Myriam Klotz, Director of the Spirituality Initiative, at mklotz@huc.edu or 212-824-2203.


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