Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman is devoted to creating warm and inclusive, meaningful and accessible experiences that open hearts and build community. She mines the Jewish tradition for jewels of wisdom that spark the soul. She is the creator of Hineni – The Mindful Heart Community. She founded the Jewish Mindfulness Network in 2011 and is a popular scholar-in-residence around the country.
Upcoming Events and Classes
NOTE: The best way to stay informed about all current classes and upcoming events with Rabbi Jill Zimmerman is to subscribe to her Jewish Mindfulness Network newsletter or join Hineni – The Mindful Heart Community.
Lev Eisha’s Annual Day of Learning – A Serene One Day Vacation
Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
$60 Including Continental Breakfast, Full Lunch, and Raffle Giveaway
Holy Spirit Retreat Center: 4316 Lanai Road, Encino, CA 91346
- Rabbi Jill Zimmerman: Going Deeper with Mindfulness
- Rabbi Toba August: Finding Deeper Meaning in Your Passover Seder
- Rabbi Janet Madden: Getting Rid of our Spiritual Chumetz and Other Cobwebs
- Inspirational Songs & Stories by Cindy & Ruth
Past Events and Classes (a selection)
Yom Limmud Day of Learning
Jewish Spirituality: Mindfulness & Meditation?
Leo Baeck Temple, February 4, 2017
Finding Light Amid Darkness
An online interview with Rabbi Jill by Dr. Elana Sztokman of the Center for Jewish Feminism about how to navigate in challenging times:
December 18, 2016
Stillness in summer: A Meditative Musical Morning
SATURDAY July 11, 2015 – 9:30 am – 11:30 am
West Los Angeles
(address given upon registration)
Come enjoy a morning of beautiful music and mindfulness. Time for reflection, centering, and creating intention. Remember, rejuvenate, and restore your soul.
With Rabbi Jill Zimmerman and Ariel Root Wolpe: $36
Meditation & Mindfulness Through a Jewish Lens
with Rabbi Jill Zimmerman
Three Monday evenings, May 2015
May 4 • May 11 • May 18
7 pm – 8:30 pm
West Los Angeles CA (location upon registration)
Specific Jewish meditation practices will be taught and time to sit. We will incorporate Jewish teachings as well as poetry and music.
(limit: 15 people)
for info: Rabbi Jill Zimmerman email@example.com
Walking the Jewish Spiritual Path: Sacred Texts, Poetry and Mindfulness Practices
with Rabbi Jill Zimmerman
Three Thursday mornings
May 7 • May 14 • May 21
9:30 – 11:00 am
West Los Angeles CA (location upon registration)
(PERFECT for this time of year)
We explore in depth the central themes of journey: deciding to leave what is known, the experience of wandering in the unknown, confronting uncertainty and walking ahead anyway, and the joy of finding oases of peace despite falling down or getting lost. Also: the tools needed to journey: companions, mindfulness practices that keep us centered, poetry and prose that inspires us and is a beacon that compels us forward.
$72 (limit 15 people)
3 Session Jewish Spiritual Journey Class with Rabbi Jill Zimmerman
April – May 2015 in Valley Village, CA
(Temple Beth Hillel)
We will focus on “journey.” This three session course is an opportunity to explore in more depth some of the central themes of journey: deciding to leave what is known, the experience of wandering in the unknown, confronting fear and doubt and uncertainty and walking ahead anyway, and the joy of finding oases of peace despite falling down or getting lost.
We will also discuss the tools needed to journey: companions that support our highest selves, mindfulness practices that keep us centered when we just want to go back to “Egypt” (or to sleep) and poetry and prose that inspires us and is a beacon that compels us forward.
(*$30 for members)
When: April 19, 26; May 3 (Three Sunday) from 9:45-11:15 am
Temple Beth Hillel
12326 Riverside Drive
Valley Village, CA 91607
Register by contacting Nardit Gilboa at firstname.lastname@example.org, 818-763-9148 ext. 106
Afternoon workshop as part of the Jewish Wisdom and Wellness Week of Learning* APRIL 29, 2015; 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Leo Baeck Temple Los Angeles
At its core, Judaism is about living a more mindful life. In this workshop, we will explore three Jewish spiritual practices that can profoundly alter the course of our days and our lives. Noticing, Pausing and Cultivating Kindness are ways of being in the world that offer resting places in the fast and busy world we inhabit.
In this workshop, we will: 1) experience simple spiritual practices 2) be in discussion with both Jewish texts, modern poetry and music that reminds us of our intentions and 3) learn how to incorporate these practices every single day.
Using the prism of self, family and friends and the day-to-day (work, volunteering, leisure…) we will have lots of opportunities to create a plan and intentions to bring more wholeness into our lives. Many practical ideas will be discussed. Some basic meditation will be taught in order to settle ourselves and tune in to the still small voice within. Resources for further exploration of Jewish spiritual practices will be shared as well. Finally, music will be used to both set a mindful tone.
*Jewish Wisdom & Wellness: A Week of Learning is sponsored by the Kalsman Institute on Judaism & Health along with Cedars-Sinai.
When: Wed. April 29, 2016 from 1 – 2:30 pm
Location: Leo Baeck Temple; Los Angeles CA
Jewish Spirituality Workshop
This class is designed for people who yearn for a spiritual connection with their Judaism. By engaging our hearts, minds, and souls, we will bring Jewish wisdom right into our daily lives. Our class will become a community that centers on meaningful study and contemplative Jewish spiritual practices that makes sense. The deepest hope is that in this process, your inner and outer lives will be enriched and more whole.
We meet collectively once a month, and in-between, you will study with a partner (chevruta). Relevant articles that deepen our work in class will be given for home study will be discussed. Our class is based on the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s extensive curriculum: Vitaher Libeynu.
❑ Study Jewish texts that speak to the heart as well as to the mind
❑ Cultivate awareness of divine presence in the midst of daily life and explore the God question
❑ Learn contemplative and other Jewish spiritual practices
❑ Connect the words of prayer to the sentiments of the soul
❑ Weave spiritual practice through the rhythm of the Jewish year
Subscribe to the Jewish Mindfulness Network Newsletter if you’d like to be informed when the next classes will be starting. Rabbi Jill is also available to come to your group and teach. Contact Rabbi Jill here.
All-day Mindfulness Retreat
Saturday Feb 28; 10 – 4 pm
Judaism You Can Use: Bracketing our Days, Pausing for Shabbat
Temple Beth Torah, Ventura CA
What so many of of yearn for – pausing, resting, renewal – can be found in age-old Jewish spiritual practices, made relevant for our times. At transitional moments such as waking up and going to sleep, there are simple meditations and practices that can bring serenity and awareness and intention to our lives.
The morning will include a contemplative Shabbat service – with space for reflection and meditation, kavannot and poetry, and of course music for your soul. The afternoon will include learning about Jewish spiritual practices that you can start to do immediately – not only on Shabbat, but every day. This one-day retreat is sponsored by Temple Beth Torah, co-sponsored by their Adult Programs and Ritual committee.
When: Saturday February 28, 10 am – 4 pm
Temple Beth Torah
7620 Foothill Rd.
Ventura, CA 93004
For more information: Rabbijillz@gmail.com
Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah: Secret Knowledge In Judaism
This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life’s eternal universal questions.
Kabbalah today is one of the best known facets of Judaism, yet also one of the least well understood. As a result, despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a “closed book.” This new Melton Scholars course enables participants to gain familiarity with the rich history of Jewish mysticism, and understanding of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition. Presented chronologically, the course provides an opportunity for discussing the progression of Jewish mystical tradition over hundreds of years. Discussions surrounding the texts will relate to enduring Jewish challenges, issues of pressing relevance for Jewish life both past and present. The course will expose participants to some of the ways that the particular lens of the mystical and esoteric has been employed throughout Jewish history to discover the relevant, deeper meanings of Judaism, as students consider the extent to which Jewish mystical teachings speak to the deepest mysteries of human existence, offering rich, meaningful explanations for so many of life’s eternal universal questions.
20 week course, taught by Rabbi Jill Zimmerman as part of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Education