Jewish Mindfulness on Rosh HaShana 5778

For a seventh year, Jewish Mindfulness practice will enhance Mishkan Shalom congregation’s High Holy Day services — in particular, a Mindfulness-based service on the Second Day of Rosh HaShanah (Friday, Sept. 22) that will integrate meditation, music and movement with the traditional Jewish liturgy and Torah portion. 

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The service will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the sanctuary at Mishkan Shalom in Roxborough, Philadelphia, PA.

“The Mindfulness service is designed to be quieter than a traditional service,” said Rabbi Yael Levy, of A Way In and Mishkan Shalom. She will lead the service along with Rabbis Myriam Klotz, and Shawn Zevit. “We surround the prayers with quiet reflection to help us listen to the calls of the tradition and truths of our lives. 

Mindfulness elements also will be included in the rest of Mishkan Shalom’s Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) services, especially during a two-hour alternative service on the on the morning of Yom Kippur at the Haverford School. All services are free and open to the public. Click here for a schedule of all High Holy Day services. 

The theme of the 5778 Mindfulness services is Drawing Sustenance from the Wellsprings of Life. “We will reach deep to nourish and realign our souls so that each of us and all of us together can bring forth blessings and healing for each other, our communities, country and planet,’ said Rabbi Yael. “We will honor the creation of the world and the interconnection of all life by lifting our eyes and rediscovering how we can best live in reverent relationship with all.

Co-leading the service are Rabbi Myriam Klotz, a nationally-known teacher of Jewish Yoga, and Rabbi Shawn Zevit, a nationally-known musician and lead rabbi of Mishkan Shalom.  

Other High Holy Day services sponsored by Mishkan Shalom, a Reconstructionist Jewish congregation located in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, will include creative and traditional prayers led by Rabbi Zevit and Rabbi Levy. Depending on the day, services will be held at one of two different locations.

The Second Day Rosh HaShanah Mindfulness service will be held in the Mishkan Shalom building, 4101 Freeland Avenue, Philadelphia, 19144 and will be followed by an oneg (refreshments.) Also at Mishkan Shalom will be the evening Rosh HaShanah service on Wednesday September 20th . 

The services on the First Day of Rosh HaShanah (Thursday September 21st), as well as the evening of Kol Nidre (Friday, September 29) and the day of Yom Kippur (Saturday, September 30) will be held at the Haverford School, 450 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA. 

On the day of Yom Kippur (September 30), a Mindfulness service will run concurrently with Mishkan Shalom's traditional services from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The congregation will then will continue together through the day, ending after sundown.

Tickets are not required for any of the services. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. For details, please contact Mishkan Shalom at 215-508-0226 or see