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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

Embodied Prayer with Nicole Levin – Select Shabbatot 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– beginning fall 2020
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.

Torah Yoga with Nicole Levin- select Shabbatot at 9:00 am 
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. Every Moment is an Opportunity to Practice- Weekly on Sundays

Every Moment is an Opportunity to Practice- Sundays at 8:00 am
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.

Mon, October 26 2020 8 Cheshvan 5781