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Jewish Contemplative Day Long Retreat

Experience a comprehensive journey framed in the Jewish tradition to bring more joy, relaxation and fulfillment into your life. During this day-long workshop, we will engage in a carefully composed sequence of activities designed to help you cultivate personal awareness and a sense of well-being. Our practices will include: silent meditation, Hebrew chanting, contemplative davenning, gentle movement and breath-work. During the day we will refrain from casual conversation as a way to deepen our practice. Please join us as we discover the profound gifts the Jewish tradition offers to help us nurture ourselves and community. Please bring your own lunch for an eating meditation session.

Register: Call the Chochmat office (510) 704-9687, or visit .

Cost: We will follow a retreat payment model. There will be a nominal mandatory fee to cover administrative costs due upon registration ($20 members/ $28 non-members). At the close of the day participants will be asked to contribute a donation to the teachers within their means of giving. Please bring cash or a blank check with you to fill out at the close of our day. 

Facilitator bios:

Rabbi Carol Caine graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and received the private smicha of Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi. She serves as high holiday rabbi, service leader, instructor and ritual facilitator for a wide variety of congregations and individuals, including leading a monthly meditation minyan at Congregation Netivot Shalom. A former attorney with over fifteen years experience teaching Jewish chant and meditation, Rabbi Carol integrates a keen intellect with a heart of devotion. She has studied extensively with some of the luminaries of Jewish meditation, including Rabbi Shefa Gold, Rabbi David & Shoshanna Cooper, and Sylvia Boorstein.

Dr. Zvi Bellin holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and is a nationally certified counselor. Zvi directs intimate retreats for the Jewish community that are both spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating. His teaching style follows the tradition of blending Torah study with contemplative Jewish practice. Zvi has studied extensively with teachers spanning various Jewish denominations, including Rabbi David Zeller, Miriam Ribner, Rabbi Zvi Miller, and Rabbi Jeff Roth.

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