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While not required, this greatly helps with planning purposes (request childcare, home stays).

Potluck and volunteer sign up here! This event is largely run by volunteers. Please consider signing up to help out.

Schedule of Events

  • Friday, January 24, 6:00 p.m.
    Practices that Awaken our Hearts and Encourage our Souls: Shabbat evening service and potluck dinner
    First Unitarian Society, Gaebler Living Room
  • Saturday, January 25, 9:30 a.m.
    The Infinite Appears: How We Live with Blessing and Tragedy: Shabbat morning service and potluck luncheon
    First Unitarian Society, Landmark Auditorium
  • Saturday, January 25, 7:00 p.m.
    Mindfulness and the Cycle of Jewish Time: Havdalah to end Shabbat
    Located at a member's home. Please contact for location.
  • Sunday, January 26, 9:50 a.m.
    Jewish Mindfulness Practice: Adult education workshop
    RISE, 2120 Fordem Ave.

Shabbaton with Rabbi Yael Levy - January 24-26

Rabbi Yael Levy's approach to mindfulness is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition. It grows out of her deep personal commitment to spiritual practice and a passionate belief in its potential to change not only individuals but also the world. Drawing on practices of Jewish mindfulness, Rabbi Yael will lead an experiential weekend of prayer, practice, celebration, and conversation at Shaarei Shamayim. The Torah portion of the week, Va’era, will guide us in our exploration, as will the wisdom that comes from the Hebrew month of Shevat which begins on Sunday night.

Join us for some or all of the events. Registration is not required to attend, but we appreciate your RSVP for planning purposes.

Rabbi Yael was Shaarei Shamayim's first student rabbi —27 years ago! The Forward named her one of America’s most inspiring rabbis in 2014. She teaches from a deep commitment to spiritual practice and a belief in its potential to change individuals and the world. She serves Congregation Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia and teaches Jewish mindfulness through A Way In. She works as a spiritual director for rabbinical students and in private practice and is the author of Directing the Heart: Weekly Mindfulness Teachings and Practices from the Torah. Learn more at

Learn More about Rabbi Levy

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