Jewish Meditation

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Jewish Meditation

Tuesdays, February 20, March 13,* April 17, 2:00 p.m.

About the Program

Find your center and quiet your mind with meditation teacher Alison Laichter, founder of the Jewish Meditation Center in New York City. Drawing from the long history of contemplative practice within Judaism, Laichter infuses meditation techniques with Jewish language, intentions, texts, and understanding for an inclusive and illuminating session.

Each session will incorporate themes from upcoming Jewish holidays and traditions and include instruction, short exercises, Q&(maybe)A, and discussion.

*Note: The March session has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 13, at 2:00 p.m.


Instructor: Alison Laichter is a meditation teacher, consultant, urban planner, and former Brooklynite, now based in Southern California. She has led gatherings, workshops, classes, and retreats for people of all ages throughout the world, including students and professors at Yale University, children and women at NYC homeless shelters, yogis at yoga studios coast to coast, social entrepreneurs in Jerusalem, humanitarian activists in Mumbai, and artists and musicians in Mexico City.

She founded and directed the Jewish Meditation Center (JMC) in NYC, was a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group Dual Investment Program, a two-year and $100,000 fellowship for social entrepreneurs, and was named one of the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36: Visionaries for a New Era.” Before founding the JMC, Laichter’s urban planning career included working in economic consulting, pro-poor business development at the United Nations Development Programme, and redesigning the entire east side of Manhattan for bicycle and pedestrian safety. Laichter studied civil engineering at The Cooper Union and urban planning at Columbia University.

Laichter teaches meditation all over the world, including at schools, museums, retreat centers, synagogues, JCCs, hospitals, festivals, and conferences, all with the intention and understanding that truly sustainable repair of the world happens from the inside out. Laichter loves working with individuals and communities to create inclusive, accessible, and radically amazing experiences.

“The teacher, Alison Laichter, immediately made us feel welcome with her warm, funny and relaxed manner.”—Jewish Journal