Pnei Hamayim nourishes a progressive, pluralistic, radically inclusive community of seekers with mindfulness practices from the heart of contemplative Judaism.
Contemplative tradition is an ever-evolving body of practices meant to open the heart and awaken us to our highest purpose. Contemplative Judaism is fed by three streams: from traditional teachings spanning millennia (such as Torah, Talmud, Mussar, Kabbalah, and Chassidut); from universal wisdom common to all contemplative traditions; and from the innovation of contemporary Jewish teachers. We present teachings that appeal equally to the novice and the advanced practitioner.
We offer a fresh look at traditional teachings and encourage each individual seeker to grapple with the texts and engage with their own practice in the ways that are most meaningful to them. No prior experience with Torah study or meditation required.
We envision a world in which the wisdom of Jewish contemplative practices are accessible to all. We believe that the spiritual journey is richer when shared. We welcome both Jewish seekers – across and beyond the denominational spectrum – and seekers from other traditions. We have much to gain from sharing the collective wisdom of our contemplative traditions, while acknowledging each tradition’s unique contributions to the conversation.
Opening up to share our inner lives with each other is an act of courage and vulnerability that works best when we are given permission to bring our full selves to the cushion. For this reason, we are a radically inclusive community, which we define as celebratory of identities across and beyond the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Even without any prior knowledge of Judaism, each of us have the whole of our lived experience from which to draw wisdom.
We honor the insights of every seeker regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, and class. Just as we practice non-judgment of our own thoughts and emotions, so too we practice non-judgment of one another.