Yael is the Senior Director of the NYU Global Spiritual Life Center and the NYU 'Of Many' Institute for Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership, as well as the Founder and Director of MindfulNYU, the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiative in the country. She teaches regularly at MNDFL in NYC and is a sought after speaker, teacher, and writer on meditation, higher education and mindfulness. She is the author of the award-winning book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond (Parallax, 2017) #whatnowbook.
Yael graduated with honors from New York University and from Northeastern University School of Law.
Prior to working at the Global Spiritual Life Center, Yael was the Director of Development and Education at the NYU Center on Violence and Recovery.
Yael began meditating in 2001 in Jewish meditation contexts. Her teachers have included Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Rabbi Alan Lew (Z"L), Rabbi Jeff Roth, Rabbi David Cooper, Shoshana Cooper, Eliezer Sobel, and Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg. In 2008, Yael co-founded the Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn, and in 2009, founded MindfulNYU, the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiative in the country.
In 2010, Yael was named one of the “36 under 36” change-makers transforming the Jewish world by the Jewish Week newspaper. In 2011, She completed the Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program, run by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. In 2019, New York University awarded Yael the Distinguished Administrator Award in recognition for her outstanding commitment to excellence at NYU.
Yael was a practitioner at the Brooklyn Zen Center from 2008 to 2015, and served on the Board of Directors from 2011-2013. Her teacher during this time was Teah Strozer.
Yael has led meditation workshops, classes and retreats all over the country and world, including at NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Berlin, NYU Tel Aviv, Limmud NY, Princeton University, Moishe House, Romemu, Pardes Institute, Wisdom 2.0, Mindful Life, and elsewhere.
She teaches each week at MNDFL - a meditation studio in NYC, and privately to students all over the world. She is a regular teacher and writer at the 10% Happier App, Sonima, and the Simple Habit app.
Yael is particularly interested in the intersections between higher education, meditation, Zen Buddhism, Judaism and social transformation. Her book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond (Parallax, November, 2017) won the Mind Body Spirit award for "Best Meditation Book of 2017" as well as the 2017 Nautilus Silver Award. #whatnowbook