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Mindfulness Center

The St. Louis Jewish Mindfulness Center is a community centered around classes, groups, and special events that make the heart more open, the mind more curious and the spirit more joyful through meaningful programming deeply rooted in Jewish tradition.

For any general inquiries, contact Rabbi Andrea Goldstein at agoldstein@sestl.org.

Classes and groups include:

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

Six-Week Introduction to Jewish Mindfulness Meditation with Rabbi Andrea Goldstein. For more about Introduction to Jewish Mindfulness Meditation, please contact Rabbi Goldstein.

Mindful Parenting

Do you find yourself constantly running from one activity to the next, completing tasks one after another with hardly a moment to breathe? Do you wish you were more present or more available for your children? your spouse? yourself? If so, you may benefit from the practice of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the practice of becoming aware and awake to the world around us. The practice of mindful parenting allows us to be more open and more present, without judgment or fear, to our lives and the lives of our children.

Whether the parent of a toddler or a teen, join us for study, discussion, meditation and friendship as we explore the challenges and surprises that mindful parenting can bring to our lives. Open to all.

Tikkun Middot

Shaare Emeth Tikkun Middot Project – Bettering Our Community, Ourselves and Our World

The Tikkun Middot Project is an innovative, national program that promotes character development through mindfulness and mussar practices. Shaare Emeth is one of 28 communities across the country selected to participate in this year-long program, the goal of which is to cultivate individual and community-wide attention to moral traits in order to promote a greater sense of compassion, respect and holiness within each community.

In essence, we hope that participation in this endeavor will allow members of our congregation to say, “Because I belong to Shaare Emeth, I am becoming a better person.”

The Shaare Emeth Tikkun Middot Project launched in June 2014 with the rabbis and senior Temple staff, in August 2014 within Shirlee Green Preschool curricula, and in September 2014 with the wider congregational community. Each month, participants will have opportunities to learn about a different middah (character trait) and how that trait or idea can become more manifest in our lives.

Wise Aging

The goal of Wise Aging is to discover the possibilities for living the years ahead with joy, resilience and spirit. Jewish texts, poetry, secular writing, prayer, meditation and contemplative listening are all tools used in this program to challenge participants to develop their own sense of what it means to ‘number our days’ and ‘grow a heart of wisdom.’ Sessions are based on resources developed for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, and primarily on Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit.

Topics include:

  • What is special about this life stage
  • Becoming one’s authentic self
  • Developing a positive relationship to our changing bodies
  • Revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships
  • Practicing forgiveness
  • Learning to live with loss
  • Change and death
  • Cultivating wisdom
  • Leaving a legacy

To learn more, please contact Debbie Bram, Director of Jewish Life and Learning, at 314-692-5308 or dbram@sestl.org.

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