TEMPLE BETH ZION

Brookline, MA   |  www.tbzbrookline.org

Mission

TBZ is an independent, inclusive Jewish congregation whose members of all ages are committed to each other, to joyful participatory worship, to meaningful Jewish learning, spiritual growth and acts of social justice.

Ruling year info

2003

Principal Officer

Ms Tali Walters

Co Principal Officer

Ms. Susan Kahn

Main address

1566 Beacon Street

Brookline, MA 02446 USA

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EIN

04-2176002

NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Teachings and practices draw on the rich tradition of Jewish texts and traditions, as well as an array of meditation techniques and approaches. Nishmat Hayyim teaches meditation in a Jewish context, both in introductory classes and by supporting experienced students in their ongoing practice. Awareness meditation, as a tool for understanding the mind, can serve as a gateway into the depths of the Jewish wisdom tradition.

In addition, specialized programs introduce Chassidut, Talmudic mysticism, contemplative prayer, and integrating meditation with halacha.

WEEKLY MEDITATION CLASSES
Monday night meditation classes draw 20-35 people for silent awareness practice, Torah teachings, and instruction. Varying weeks include discussion or chanting. There is a particular emphasis on Jewish meditation as a resource for daily life: cultivating chesed, rachamim, and chochmah as the source of our actions; managing stress; and finding wisdom in Judaism ? and ourselves ? to face the spiritual challenges of illness, grief, and personal loss.


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INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH MEDITATION SERIES
A five-week introductory series for participants from all traditions and levels of experience. Focusing on concrete, accessible practices and teachings in a warm and supportive atmosphere, this class will provide instruction in a variety of Jewish meditations. Students can learn the foundations of a meditation practice or return once again to the timeless fundamentals.

SEASONAL SEMINAR SERIES
Each season, Nishmat Hayyim offers a seminar series with a leading Rabbi or meditation teacher on topics ranging from Chassidic meditation, contemplative text study, mysticism, and Jewish meditation for Rabbis.

Population(s) Served

TBZ’s Beit Rabban and Mishpachot programs offer family and child-centric programming that reflects the values and needs of our community. With the help of the rabbis, education coordinator, and lay leaders, a shared vision for the program has emerged.

One of our core congregational values is experiential education. All of our programs are based on the notion that through deeply experiencing a joyful, living Judaism we will be able to successfully engage both children and adults in Jewish life and community. Our educational programming addresses the needs of every single member of TBZ, from ages 0 and up. We believe that each experience at TBZ—whether on Shabbat or holidays, at Torah study or in Beit Rabban – is an opportunity to help our members build connections to the TBZ community and to engage more deeply in Judaism and Jewish life.

Population(s) Served

The mission of the TBZ Men’s Study Group is twofold: (1) to engage men in the study of Jewish and related texts and explore how they might inform our individual and collective journeys; and (2) to support one another in our efforts to lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives. Members of the group emerge with a deeper understanding of Jewish and related sources on topics that range from the nature of G-d to social justice, and a deep and abiding fellowship with other men in a safe, nonjudgmental, confidential atmosphere. The Group meets about once every three weeks on Shabbat right after kiddush. This year, we were please so see that more men volunteered to facilitate group meetings, and we had several deep discussions about texts that extended over multiple meetings. We also organized a very successful Men’s Shabbat, in which members and other TBZ men led the Torah service and sponsored Kiddush/lunch. For the upcoming year, we are considering a diverse set of texts, including Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) and a book on the Mussar tradition.

Population(s) Served

Join Reb Moshe, Rav Claudia, and others as they guide us through deep, beautiful study of the weekly Torah parsha with lively, participatory discussions. Our Shabbat Morning Torah Study Group meets every Saturday, except on holidays, at 9:00 AM, and adjourns by 10:00 AM for Shabbat morning services. This study group is open to everyone; please join us

Population(s) Served

Nishmat Hayyim (Breath of Life) is the TBZ meditation project. Reb Moshe and experienced meditation teachers from our congregation, as well as guest teachers, lead weekly meditation groups and monthly Shabbat afternoon retreats in our sanctuary and annual daylong and weekend retreats at other locations. They also integrate contemplative Jewish practices into our services and community life. Contemplative prayer offers boundless opportunities to connect with the Divine within us and to bring this practice out into our community and the world. Committee meetings are held 6-8 times per year to plan retreats, arrange for visiting teachers, and develop more access to contemplative practice experiences for the community. We need help maintaining our ongoing and new sitting groups and retreats, and particularly in developing ways to support contemplative practice for members of the community who have not been able to make use of the structures set up so far. Having developed a variety of programs and a core group of committed practitioners, we would like to expand the opportunities for practice in a Jewish context.

Population(s) Served

The TBZ Book Club provides a setting in which TBZ members come together to discuss fiction and non-fiction books with Jewish themes. The Club meets on a Sunday evening each month (see the TBZ calendar for the specific dates) at 1550 Beacon Street (next door to TBZ). After a brief business meeting led by the Book Club Coordinator, a member of the Club facilitates the book discussion. Members rotate leading the discussions.

Population(s) Served

From lectures, to discussion to Wise Aging programs TBZ maintains a deep focus on providing life long learning for all those who wish to gain broader and deeper understanding of Judaism in the broadest sense.

Population(s) Served

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TEMPLE BETH ZION

Board of directors
as of 09/29/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms Tali Walters

Temple Beth Zion

Term: 2015 - 2016


Board co-chair

Ms Susan Kahn