Mindfulness Service

Tefilat HaNeshama



Tefilat HaNeshama

Prayer of the Soul

a Guide to Leading Mindful, Embodied Davening

by Rabbi Daniel Liben

"Prayer helps us grow into the people who we are meant to be."  - Rabbi Dan Liben


All of us are looking for ways to enrich our spiritual lives. Some that find standard religious services fill that need. At times though we seek other ways to nourish our soul. Rabbi Daniel Liben has developed a mindfulness-based prayer service which we are calling Tefilat HaNeshama / Prayer of the Soul to encourage congregants to develop Jewish prayer as a spiritual practice, supported by parallel practices, including  meditation and chanting.  He and Hazzan Joanna Selznick Dulkin will be co-leading a training program for this service.

FJMC is in a unique position to share this service with our synagogues along with the materials, tools, audio files and training to enhance their spiritual offerings and to provide the leadership to implement this initiative.  As we enter a new era, FJMC hopes that by adding a new dimension to the prayer experience, we will at the same time, strengthen the sense of community in our synagogues and ultimately lead to a more robust Conservative/Masorti Movement.

Like a meditation session or a yoga class, morning davening can be a spiritual practice, one that helps us to develop wholeness, healing and compassion in our lives.

We will have professional training at the FJMC International Convention, July 4 - 7, 2019.  This training is for those who are content leading this type of service as well as for those who are more comfortable providing the leadership to work with their clergy to bring this service to their congregations.

  • 4 hours of experiential learning lead by Rabbi Liben and Hazzan Joanna Dulkin, both of whom are alumni of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality
    • Session 1: Why Prayer is Difficult…And How we Know When it is working
    • Session 2: Gratitude and Yearning
    • Session 3: Core Practices: Mindfulness and Chanting
    • Session 4: Embodied Practice: Making “Sense” of Prayer
  • 3 hours of practical experience during morning minyanim
  • Attendees who complete 3 of the 4 sessions and attend at least one of the minyanim will be certified as trained facilitators.
  • There will be follow-up with video conferences after convention to share best practices and experiences.


Why attend? Find new meaning and personal growth for your own neshama (soul).

Why attend? YOU can be an instrument for change in your community.

For answers regarding the mindfulness service, contact mindfulness@fjmc.org.

Sign up for this program will be through our convention registration system.


Rabbi Daniel Liben was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1983, and became the spiritual leader of Temple Israel in 1991. His warm, friendly and caring approach make all who enter the Temple feel at home. The Rabbi is committed to a vision of Temple Israel that supports the needs of Jewish families at every stage of life. In addition to counseling and guiding individuals and families as they face life cycle events, he brings energy and enthusiasm to his role as teacher in a wide range of settings. The Rabbi leads Family Education programs in the Nursery School, discusses the weekly Torah portion with our Religious School students, teaches adults from the bima or in Adult Education classes, and leads Israeli Folk Dancing on Thursday evenings. Rabbi Liben's leadership has brought focus to Temple Israel's mission to provide individuals and families with opportunities to learn and grow Jewishly in a nurturing and supportive community.

As the Hazzan of Adath Jeshurun in Minneapolis MN, Joanna Selznick Dulkin is committed to innovative musical and spiritual leadership that inspires joy, connection and meaning at all ages and stages. She received her Masters of Sacred Music and Investiture from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2004, and completed the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Cantorial Leadership Program in 2007.  She is an honors graduate of Stanford University, where she studied English, sang a cappella, and led community High Holiday Services at Hillel. Her background as a camp songleader, Jewish musician and educator led her to the cantorate. Hazzan Dulkin has taught and performed internationally as a Cantor-, Musician- and Scholar-in residence and  is also a published writer and an award-winning composer. She is an officer of the Cantors Assembly, and was on the editorial committee of Siddur Lev Shalem. Hazzan Dulkin and her husband, Rabbi Dr. Ryan Dulkin, are both Bay Area natives and are the proud parents of Zac (15) and Jesse (12).  Check out her video at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-QaoPOebXU&t=313s&authuser=0