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Mercaz HaLev: Heart-Centered Judaism at BAI

Mercaz HaLev: Heart- Centered Judaism at BAI for the mind, body and soul.

Mercaz HaLev (literally, “the heart center”), is an initiative to bring together the ongoing work of our clergy and lay leaders in the realm of Jewish Spirituality. Mercaz HaLev is both a physical place, a place within each of us, and a place that exists when we do this sacred work in community. This sacred work or Avodah, as expressed under the umbrella of Mercaz HaLev encompasses the following:
  • Study of ancient and contemporary Jewish text
  • Music and Prayer
  • Movement and Yoga
  • Meditation and Mindfulness Practice
  • Tikkun Midot Learning
It is bringing engaging speakers, artists, and teachers to share their practice and wisdom, all with the aim of deepening one’s connection to and passion for Jewish practice.
Experience the many offerings of  Mercaz HaLev at Beth Am Israel.

Our Offerings:

Shacharit and Song with Hazzan Harold- Weekly on Wednesdays at 9:00 am

The weekday morning service- sing, breath and stretch through the morning service with Hazzan Harold. Livestream available.

Thursday morning Tefilah- Weekly on Thursdays at 9:00 am

A new weekly offering featuring prayer, mindfulness practice and torah.

Embodied Prayer with Nicole Levin – Monthly at 9:00 am

Through gentle movement, breath work, and chanting we will embody the essence of prayer. Gentle practice requires no previous experience. 

Music Prayer Lab with Hazzan Harold – Monthly

Join a group of dedicated musicians, pray-ers, and fellow travelers  who are all interested in the collaboration of prayer, music making and intentional community.

Mussar with Rabbi David and Marci Wilf– Monthly beginning October 17 at 7:30 pm

Study the Jewish spiritual practice that gives concrete instructions on how to live a meaningful and ethical life. Our program will introduce eight “Middot”, or character traits, which we will explore and practice. Led by Rabbi David and Marci Wilf. For more information email Marci Wilf.

  • November 14, 2019- Savlanut (Patience)
  • December 12, 2019- Chesed (Loving Kindness)
  • January 9, 2020- Kavod (Dignity/Honor)
  • February 6, 2020- Shtikah (Mindful Speech)
  • March 12, 2020-  Bitachon (Trust)
  • April 2, 2020-Emunah (Trustworthiness)
  • May 7, 2020- Seder (Order)

Torah Yoga with Nicole Levin– Select Shabbat Mornings 

Your body is the sanctuary for your soul. Come and explore the potential and meaning of Torah through gentle movement and breath. All levels welcome.

  • November 16

Every Moment is an Opportunity to Practice- Select Sundays

A new offering on the mindfulness meditation using words of Torah to inspire our embodied experience. Adults and teens post-B’nai Mitzvah age welcome. The fall dates:

  • November 3, 10 and 17