Check Yael out each week at MNDFL on Thursday afternoons at 1pm and B’nai Jeshurun on Monday evenings at 6:30pm. 



August 20, 2018

The Gift of Loneliness


7:00pm - 8:30pm

Everyone feels it, nobody talks about it: loneliness. The feeling of being disconnected, separate, left behind, and alone can be really hard to sit with. The good news is, loneliness doesn't have to be so painful or shameful. With practice, we can learn to deeply understand our loneliness and approach it with care, gentleness and even gratitude. Sound crazy? Let meditation teacher and author of the book "What Now?" Yael Shy guide you on this journey to embracing this difficult state of the heart. Because what's a better antidote to loneliness than talking it out with like-minded people?

To register, click here.

July 23, 2018

A Sabbath of the Mind: Meditation and Music

Museum at Eldridge Street: 12 Eldridge Street, NYC

7:00pm - 8:30pm


What defines a Sabbath? The practice transcends any one spiritual denomination, yet it is always characterized by a commitment to peace and joy, community and closeness, good food, good company and quietness of the mind. How can we cultivate that feeling all week? And how can the sacred day’s basic tenets apply to a more secular life?  Yael Shy, author and senior director of NYU Global Spiritual Life, will lead a guided meditation and discussion on mindfulness in daily life. Then, musicians Lisa and Sruli will invoke the music of the Sabbath with communal songs of exuberance and peacefulness.

To register, click here.

February 7, 2018

Longing, Heartbreak and Love: A Practical Meditation Workshop


7:00pm - 8:30pm


Poems are written about it. Movies are made about it. But rarely do we discuss practical, spiritual advice for people navigating the often painful, often ecstatic ups and downs of love and relationships. Join Yael Shy, one of the most respected meditation teachers and authors for people in their 20s and 30s, as she discusses longing, loneliness, heartbreak, friendship, and love through the lens of mindfulness and meditation. The event will be followed by a small reception, where Shy's book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond (Parallax, 2017), will be available for sale and signing. To register, click here.

December 7, 2017, 6-8:30pm

What Now? Book Reading at Seminary Bookstore, Chicago

Seminary Co-Op, 57th Street Books,5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL

Book reading, meditation, and discussion! Free!

For more information and to register, click here.

December 8-10, 2017

Meditation and Jewish Spirituality Retreat

Mishkan Chicago, loyola retreat and ecology campus, IL 

Looking for an opportunity to build a mindfulness meditation practice through a Jewish lens and in supportive community? Here's your chance! Join Rabbi Lauren, Ellie Spitz, and special guest teacher Yael Shy for a weekend at Loyola's Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, IL (an hour and a half from Chicago) to escape the winter gloom and kindle your inner light. 

For more information and to register, click here.

December 10, 2017, 5-6pm

What Now? with Yael Shy

chill chicago, 222 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Transitions can be hard for even the most organized and optimistic among us. We’re wired to push against change. It’s exactly why Yael Shy wrote “What Now? Meditation For Your Twenties and Beyond.” Senior Director of Spiritual Life at New York University and Founder / Director of MindfulNYU, Yael will share mindful practices to help you identify and accept powerful feelings with responses, not reactions. She’ll offer expert guidance on beginning a meditation practice and explore how to bring that practice to love, sex, social media, justice, and everyday life. Your workshop fee covers the discussion, meditation and a signed copy of Yael’s new book. 

For more information and tickets, click here.

December 19, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm

Miracles and Light: A Chanukah De-Stressing Workshop

NYU Global Spiritual LIfe, 238 thompson Street, room 475

Miracles and Light: a Pre-Hannuka Meditation Workshop

As the days get shorter and we get into the depth of winter, join us in meditation and discussion to explore our own inner light (and darkness) and investigate the concept of miracles in our lives. 

Everyone is welcome! Co-sponsored the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, Global Spiritual Life at NYU and Congregation B'nai Jeshurun. *People without NYU ID's must bring photo ID and sign in with security in the lobby


To Sign up, click here.

January 2-7, 2018

Awakening the Divine: Jewish Spirituality Retreat

Capital Retreat Center, PA

Co-sponsored by Pardes, NYU Global Spiritual Life, Or Ha Lev, and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality

Combining prayer, mindfulness meditation, silence, text study, group work and other modes of spiritual practice, this retreat will introduce participants to the profound depths of Jewish spirituality and offer the possibility of finding life-transforming meaning in the Jewish tradition. Mornings of the retreat will be spent in silence and meditation, including meditation instruction and questions and answers, with a transition in the afternoon and evening into mindful speaking, group activities and text study before returning to silence before bed. Evenings will include opportunities for teachings, sharing, art and activities. The retreat will conclude with a deep celebration of Shabbat, helping participants experience one of Judaism’s most important spiritual practices. At the conclusion of the retreat, the teachers will provide participants with resources and techniques to continue practicing and growing in their universities and home communities.

Sign up HERE

January 28, 2018

Annual Day of Kabbalah and Meditation


9:30am - 5:15pm 

Jewish meditation techniques and practices have been a part of Kabbalah and Chassidisim. Though shrouded in mystery and seldom taught to the uninitiated, they contain the key to transcendence in this tradition. Please join us as experts in experiential and academic kabbalah shed light on these practices. Cosponsored by The Carlebach Shul.

Renowned teachers include Rabbi Naftali Citron, Rabbi Dov Ber Pinson, Rabbi Avraham Sutton, Rabbi Dr Alan Brill, Shimona Tzukernik, Yael Shy, Esq, Chaya Rivka Zwolinski and others.

$45 in advance/$60 at the door. Includes breakfast. Kosher lunch available for purchase.

For more info, click here.