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The J and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City
in partnership with The Institute for Jewish Spirituality presents:  

Are you tired of doing more and experiencing less?

HardWired Habits: How to Use Jewish Wisdom to Outsmart Your Overworked Brain

Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 pm

Cost: FREE

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It’s as if the hyperconnected world we live in and the habits we’re building are becoming hardwired into who we are – conditioning us to be distracted, feel disconnected, and spread ourselves too thin.

Wouldn’t you like to know how you can get some much-needed relief from your busyness and all that anxious overdoing (without having to throw out your technology or withdraw completely from the world) and begin to experience more of the sacred moments and meaning in your life?

You’re invited to join Rabbi Lisa Goldstein and Institute for Jewish Spirituality mindfulness teacher Larry Schwartz, to discover how they’ve helped thousands of people do just that – and how you can do it, too – at Hardwired Habits: How to Use Jewish Wisdom Traditions to Outsmart Your Overworked Brain.


About Rabbi Lisa Goldstein

As executive director, Lisa implements organization-wide strategy and oversees the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s array of in-person and online programs. She also teaches mindfulness at retreats and meditation programs. Educated at Brown University and Hebrew Union College, she holds a master’s degree in Jewish education. Lisa previously served as the director of Hillel of San Diego, where she was recognized as an “Exemplar of Excellence.” She first came to IJS as a participant in the rabbinic leadership program and meditation teacher training. She lives in New York City with her husband and foster son.


 About Larry Schwartz

Larry Schwartz spent 25 years as a principal of the company that created the Lugz and British Knights shoe brands. He retired from his business to spend more time cultivating his Jewish spiritual practice and help the Institute grow and develop. He co-founded the Jewish Meditation Center of Montclair and teaches Jewish meditation at Romemu and at elementary and middle schools in New York City.


About the Institute for Jewish Spirituality

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) teaches people who are seeking a deeper and more meaningful life experience Jewish spiritual practices that are grounded in mindfulness. We do this by reclaiming texts and practices from contemplative Jewish traditions, including various forms of mindfulness meditation, yoga, singing, contemplative prayer and working with middot (better aligning our behaviors with our innermost values) — all taught within a Jewish context.

We believe that people who engage in Jewish spiritual practices that are grounded in mindfulness are better equipped to contribute to building Jewish communities that are vibrant, resilient and wise. They are also better able to navigate and meaningfully address the brokenness and complex challenges of our world.

By making these teachings and practices widely available, we seek to cultivate mindfulness, deepen the connection to ourselves, each other and even God, and to enliven Jewish life.

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