Or HaLev (Light of the Heart) is for those who want to explore a variety of pathways in Jewish spirituality. The foundation of our program is weekly Jewish meditation sits.
Ongoing Meditations in the Meditation Room are held on most Monday evenings, 7 - 8:15 PM, except June-August.. (The Meditation Room is located behind the bimah in the Sanctuary.)
For the last 14 years, Or HaLev (Light of the Heart) - the Center for Jewish Meditation at PTBE - has provided the opportunity for one of our meditation teachers to teach about a different Jewish topic related to mindfulness meditation along with one or two short sits. Whether you are an experienced meditator or have never meditated before, please join us!
We hold our sits on Mondays from 7:00 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. in our sacred meditation room located behind the ark in the sanctuary:
January 8 Led by Marla Kolman Antebi
January 15 NO SIT
January 22 Led by Jueli Garfinkle
January 29 Led by Bobbi Bornstein
February 5 Led by Marla Kolman Antebi
February 12 Led by Jueli Garfinkle
February 19 NO SIT
February 26 Led by Judy Fisher
Our programs are open to the community and are offered at no charge. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Fisher, Or HaLev Director.
Meet Our Faculty
Judy Fisher, Director, Or Halev
Judy Fisher has been the director of Or HaLev, for the last 3 years. She received a certification to teach Jewish Meditation from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) in New York and teaches at Or HaLev and throughout the Bay Area. Judy also serves on the national IJS board as well as the PTBE board of directors for the last 4 years. In her previous professional life, Judy has been a technical and marketing writer, editor, and project manager. She loves to share her love of Judaism and meditation with our community
Marla Kolman Antebi is a Jewish educator, group facilitator, peace activist, and (self described) neo-mystic. She has been teaching and leading groups of all ages for over 15 years, with special interest in mystical studies, leadership development, and inter-cultural and inter-faith encounters. She currently directs the Torat HaLev family school at Chochmat HaLev (Wisdom of the Heart Center for Spirituality) in Berkeley , where she also received certification as a teacher of Jewish Meditation. She founded the non-profit Partners in Peace, using technologies and storytelling to connect youth across cultural and faith lines, primarily between Israel and the U.S. She is also active on the local interfaith scene.
Laurie Williams leads workshops, retreats and sitting groups throughout the Bay Area. Her long-standing practice incorporates the use of music, art and sacred chant to shift hearts and open minds. Laurie holds a B.A. in Communications and is a graduate of Chochmat Halev's teaching program in Kabbalistic meditation and practice.