I am so excited to invite you join my newest virtual program, open to anyone, anywhere in the world!
Hineni: The Mindful Heart Community
“When you bring consciousness to anything, things begin to shift.” Eve Ensler
The “Hineni” community is a response to many of you who have asked for an ongoing Jewish mindfulness program/community, in which we can come together, learn and practice on a more regular basis – no matter where we live.
In Hebrew, Hineni means, “I am here, I am present.” We are so fortunate to live in a time where technology allows us to support each other to be present in our own lives via the magic of telephones and the Internet 🙂
“One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began…” Mary Oliver
Hineni: The Mindful Heart Community is:
- A monthly membership community that is rooted in Jewish spiritual wisdom and mindfulness practices. Together, we will delve deeply into soul-lifting Jewish texts and ideas while being deeply supported in bringing the teachings alive each and every day.
- Accessible to you from anywhere you are, on your own schedule. Live sessions will be accessible online and by phone. Recordings will be available 24/7.
- A private online group for conversation and sharing that’s consistently updated with new resources.
- A community I’ve designed, like my in-person classes, to be warm and welcoming and safe, where your soul can grow, and where the search for deep connection is nourished in the company of other seekers. Like all my classes, I bring a full range of creative teaching resources that include poetry, music, contemporary and ancient texts and a down-to-earth enthusiasm and love for learning.
“Remember. . . the entrance to the sanctuary is inside of you.” Rumi
With your monthly membership, you will receive:
- Two one-hour phone calls each month led by Rabbi Jill and centered around a monthly theme (see below). Themes are woven around the Jewish calendar, core stories and inspiring metaphors.
- The first call of the month will include texts, meditations and handouts to use throughout the month.
- The second call of the month is a “Heart-to-Heart Exchange”, a time for questions, dialogue and going deeper.
- Calls will be recorded so that you can listen or re-listen at your leisure (even in your car).
- Weekly Mindful Heart email teaching that further explores the monthly theme and may include poetry, sacred texts, videos, music and journal questions.
- Private Facebook group with where we will discuss the teachings as well frequent posts by Rabbi Jill with additional resources.
“All real living is meeting.” Martin Buber
Monthly Themes and the Phone Calls
Each call is 60-minutes. 6-7pm, PST. Each class will be recorded so you need not be present.
- Hineni: Being Present (November 10 & November 17)
- Light and Darkness (Chanukah) (December 8 & December 22)
- Beginnings/Waking Up (January 5 & January 19)
- Gratitude and Awe (February 2 & February 16)
- Compassion: Rachamim (March 1 & March 15)
- Journey (Passover) (April 5 & April 19)
- Shabbat: Pausing (May 3 & May 17)
- Kindness (June 7 & June 2)
- Listening to Your Still Small Voice Within (July 5 & July 19)
- Elul and Return (August 2 & August 16)
- Forgiveness (September 6 & September 20)
This is an opportunity to experience your own personal Jewish spiritual journey in a community of other seekers.
This community is about transformation and receiving support for depth and spiritual practice.
How Much Does Hineni Cost?
The price is only $36/month.
You will receive all the information you need to begin. This is a month-by-month membership. Come try it out! You can cancel at any time.
“The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Here is a sampling of the comments from people who participated in the recent virtual class Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days.[su_quote]Your class has been a priceless gift. It is like receiving my life back. –Judy B., Maryland[/su_quote] [su_quote]The best part of Rabbi’s Jill’s course was her facilitation and skill in creating sacred space. The experience helped to ground my daily life more deeply to Torah and ultimately to a new depth of healing. Rabbi Jill’s work helps me bridge secular frameworks for mindfulness with Judaism. My favorite part of participating was meditating in my own bubble bath with the recording on my own schedule and with people from all different time zones. Rabbi Jill is a teacher who encourages deep contemplation and respects students’ growth at our own pace. Also, she nurtures thought in connection with the heart. The course materials were exciting, complex, accessible, useful and growth enhancing. . I look forward to ongoing work in this community. –Marla M. from Washington[/su_quote] [su_quote]I thank Rabbi Jill with a full and grateful heart for being our gatherer and collecting such inspiring bits of Rabbinic/Chasidic wisdom and beautiful and moving poetry and music. The phone format created a surprising level of intimacy and focus. Our group gave my mind food for thought, my heart a safe place to feel more fully and my soul a chance to fly higher. –Judy Weintraub, California[/su_quote] [su_quote]Rabbi Jill Zimmerman’s on-line telephonic course “Spiritual Prep for the High Days 2015” was a crucial–and new–step for me in my Jewish growth and return. After years of being a congregational rabbi—and after a year of deep quiet and sabbatical—Rabbi Jill’s soothing voice and the powerful community she developed was the perfect path back to my congregation as Emeritus rabbi. Rabbi Jill’s vision of coming home, of returning to our deep path; her guided meditation to bring that vision into my body, and her community of kind acceptance was just what I needed to start this new part of my life and to come home to my community. What a deep joy it was. –Rabbi Rim Meirowitz Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Shir Tikvah, Winchester, MA[/su_quote] [su_quote]It has been almost a month now since the Spiritual Preparation class and I am still holding the experience in the forefront of my daily awareness. Rabbi Jill brought life to the High Holy Days, our Jewish experience and its rich history and moved me in ways that impacted me for the rest of my life. The class was exactly what I needed. It was spiritual, educational and heart touching. Honestly I don’t know if I can find the words to express how much the experience meant to me. Thank you. –Deanne E., California[/su_quote] [su_quote]This class (had both) heart and depth of internal analysis. (Because of this course) I’m approaching this new year with a sense of peace and calm. Love it!! Thank you for providing this opportunity, and I look forward to hearing more about the next group. –Denise K., Texas[/su_quote] [su_quote]Rabbi Jill’s class was about transformation and connection, teaching us that the work of the Holy Days is about digging deeply into who we are, heightening our awareness, and extending ourselves in humility and teshuvah to those we love and those we come in contact with. Thank you. –Barbara S., California[/su_quote] [su_quote]I want to thank Rabbi Jill for the journey we have taken together. The High Holidays will never be the same for me again. — Eileen E., California[/
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“…The time will come, when, with elation…you will greet yourself arriving at your own door…” from Love After Love by Derek Walcott
P.S. This community is both a structure as well as a loving community in which to bring a heart-centered Jewish practice into your daily life. It’s so easy to get disconnected and distracted and participation in this community will help you stay spiritually on track!
FOR MORE INFORMATION or questions: write Rabbi Jill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman, M.Ed. is a visionary with a plan. She founded The Jewish Mindfulness Network (JMN) to create a variety of welcoming experiences and environments that enable people to discover personal meaning from the depths of Jewish texts, mindfulness practices, and through community. She is dedicated to a Judaism that matters, a Judaism based in mindfulness. She was ordained from Hebrew Union College, and becoming a rabbi is a “second career” for her. She is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Clergy Leadership program and also has a certificate in Jewish Meditation. Teaching spiritual material is a core purpose of Rabbi Jill’s life. You will be touched by her enthusiasm and deep reflections. One of her “high skills” is making complicated Jewish texts and metaphors come to life in everyday language. She has been married to Ely for 35 years and they have two grown sons.