|Drawing on the long history of meditation and contemplative practice in Judaism, this workshop will cover the basics of Jewish meditation with instruction, short exercises, Q & (maybe) A, and discussion. The workshop is open to people of all levels of experience and backgrounds, and is designed to offer a broad introduction to Jewish meditation, teachings, and contemplative practice. Come if you are a total beginner or an advanced yogi, if you're interested in deepening your practice, Jew-ing it up, or finally learning how to sit still.
|Alison Laichter is a meditation teacher, consultant, urban planner, community organizer, and former Brooklynite, now based in San Diego. She has taught classes and retreats for children and adults throughout the world, including for staff and clients at JFS of San Diego, staff at LA Federation, workshop participants at the Silverlake Independent JCC, farmers and retreatants at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, students and professors at Yale University, doctors at Bellevue Hospital, children and teens in synagogues across the United States, social entrepreneurs in Jerusalem, nonprofit staff at Hazon's Makom Hadash, workshop participants in Mexico City, Yom Kippur retreatants at Seattle’s Kavana Cooperative, and at Limmud NY and Philadelphia. She founded and directed the Jewish Meditation Center (JMC) in NYC. She is a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group Dual Investment Program, a two-year, $100k fellowship for Jewish social entrepreneurs and was named one of the 2010 Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36: Visionaries for a New Era.” Alison studied civil engineering at The Cooper Union and urban planning at Columbia University.
As the founding director of the JMC, Alison created the first ever grassroots and community-led Jewish Meditation Center. At the JMC, Alison directed all aspects of the organization, earning a spot in Slingshot’s 50 Most Innovative Jewish Nonprofits in North America three years in a row. She successfully partnered with local, national, and international stakeholders, institutions, and organizations to create programs, retreats, online resources, events, and a leadership training program. Alison is an accomplished spiritual leader who believes that truly sustainable tikkun olam, repairing the world, happens from the inside out, and she loves working with communities and organizations to create inclusive, accessible, deeply meaningful, and resonant Jewish experiences.