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Monday Meditation Minyan

Monday, June 24 | 6:30-7:00PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Whether you have a deep meditation practice or are interested in exploring mindfulness for the first time, we invite you to join us for Monday Meditation Minyan, led by Yael Shy. Each session will begin with wisdom from the Jewish tradition, followed by focused meditation (with some guidance), a short discussion, and an opportunity for community members to recite Mourner’s Kaddish. No experience necessary; all are welcome.

Monday Meditation Minyan meets weekly, with the exception of national and Jewish holidays. To get a glimpse of what you can experience in-person, check out the live stream of this season’s first session.

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About Yael Shy

Yael is the Senior Director of the NYU Global Spiritual Life Center and the NYU ‘Of Many’ Institute for Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership, as well as the Founder and Director of MindfulNYU, the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiative in the country. She is a sought-after speaker, teacher, and writer on meditation, interfaith engagement, and spirituality. She is the author of the award-winning book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond (Parallax, November 2017).

Yael began meditating in 2001 in Jewish meditation contexts. Her teachers have included Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Rabbi Alan Lew (Z”L), Rabbi Jeff Roth, Rabbi David Cooper, Shoshana Cooper, Eliezer Sobel, and Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg. In 2008, Yael co-founded the Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn, and in 2009, founded MindfulNYU. She has led meditation workshops, classes and retreats all over the country and world, including at NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Berlin, NYU Tel Aviv, Limmud NY, Princeton University, Moishe House, Romemu, Pardes Institute, Wisdom 2.0, and Mindful Life.

In 2010, Yael was named one of the “36 under 36” change-makers transforming the Jewish world by the Jewish Week newspaper. In 2011, she completed the Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program, run by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Yael is particularly interested in the intersections between psychology, meditation, Zen Buddhism, Judaism, and social transformation. Her book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond (Parallax, November, 2017) won the Mind Body Spirit award for “Best Meditation Book of 2017” as well as the 2017 Nautilus Silver Award in the “Personal Growth” category.