Bringing Mindfulness to our Lives, Work, and Learners





Mindfulness is a buzz word in education right now but how much do we really understand it?  How effectively can we teach mindfulness to our learners if we don’t use it in our daily lives?

Join this new learning network with fellow colleagues interested in exploring the practice and value of Jewish mindfulness. Led by Rabbi Dave Burstein, educator and mindfulness practitioner for over two decades, together we will explore how to bring the practice of mindfulness into our lives and our work. Sessions will include mindfulness exercises, an exploration of helpful tools and resources, and sharing our own challenges and successes incorporating mindfulness into our work and learning communities and practical applications.

Participants will have the opportunity to partner with the facilitator in shaping the content of the sessions and  to plan and co-facilitate a session if interested.

2018-2019 Session Dates:

October 23 at 2pm EST

November 27 at 1pm EST

December 19 at 2pm EST

January 22 at 1pm EST

February 12 at 2pm EST

March 13 at 1pm EST

April 15 at 1pm EST

May 15 at 2pm EST


Rabbi David Burstein serves as the Rabbi/Educator at Congregation Beth Adam in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked for the past 25 years as an experiential educator and was ordained as a rabbi from HUC-JIR Cincinnati in 2001. He has served congregations in Richmond, Indiana and Dayton, Ohio and served on the staff of Earlham College. He was the director of Kulanu -The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School from 2003-2018 and is a national expert in teen education. He is known for his work in the field of spirituality and meditation and is an educational consultant for innovative and creative programs.

He has taught mindfulness meditation for over 20 years and led over 50 retreats for all ages. Rabbi David is a recent graduate of the M2 Experiential Educator Cohort and was a co-creator of the Cincinnati Teen Collective Grant. He has been trained at Harvard College in their program on mediation and negotiation. He has also traveled with peace negotiation missions to Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Northern Ireland.

Rabbi David has played the hand-drum and studied meditation for more than 25 years, holds two black belts in martial arts and is working on his third in Krav Maga serving as an instructor. He has also coached youth, high school, prep school, and college club lacrosse.
His greatest joy comes from being a dad to Emma, Coby and Nadia, and husband to Elizabeth.