Congregation Shaare Emeth to Receive $7500 Grant for Infusing Mindfulness and Character Development

Congregation Shaare Emeth to Receive $7500 Grant for Infusing Mindfulness and Character Development

Congregation Shaare Emeth has been selected as one of 28 Jewish organizations to participate in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Tikkun Middot Project. The Project is a ground-breaking initiative to integrate mindfulness practice and character development into Jewish faith communities and to train the clergy or lay leaders who lead them in mindfulness practice.

As a participant, Shaare Emeth has been awarded a $7500 grant to implement its plan to infuse mindfulness and character development throughout all aspects of the Congregation. Shaare Emeth is currently the only participating organization in the state of Missouri.

The individual leaders of the 28 chosen Jewish communities—which includes synagogues, schools, rabbinical colleges and other faith organizations—will engage in an intensive, ten-month program of integrating mindfulness with the cultivation of specific core middot, or ethical and spiritual qualities, such as humility, patience, honor, mindful speech, and trust. They will then lead a select group of staff and lay leaders from their community in a similar process utilizing the same curriculum. Finally, from September 2014 through June 2015, each of the 28 communities, including Congregation Shaare Emeth, will integrate this curriculum and approach throughout all aspects and demographics of their community’s life.

Rabbis Andrea Goldstein and Jim Bennett, along with Shaare Emeth Members Renee Silverstein and Josh Wallach, will be among 60 or so leaders who, in late February 2014, will attend a three-day orientation conference in Newark, N.J., in which participants will explore the nexus between mindfulness and character development practice, as well as a system theory approach to introducing innovation.

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Tikkun Middot Project is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The Institute for Jewish Spirituality can be found online at www.jewishspirituality.org.

Congregation Shaare Emeth is located at 11645 Ladue Road in Creve Coeur. To learn more about Shaare Emeth, visit www.shaare-emeth.org or ask for Rosalie Stein at 314-569-0010. 

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