Integral Jewish Meditation fosters an experiential connection with the Divine, leading to "spiritual awakening" – that most precious experience which is the inner reality of the Tradition – all while slowing the aging process, improving mood and happiness, relieveing stress, supporting the immune system, sharpening memory and concentration, stimulating creativity, and much more...
Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks | Rabbi, Teacher, Musician
"Spiritual awakening is the experiential realization that you are far more than your thoughts and feelings. Beneath your personality, there is a radiant field of awareness, free from negativity and connected to the aliveness of the present moment. Knowing yourself as this field is the fruit of Jewish meditation..."
- Reb Brian Yosef
TORAH OF AWAKENING is a Jewish meditation community, featuring transformational teachings, heart-opening chanting and deep silence, led by Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks.
The teachings and practices are rooted in Judaism and are based on the Thirty-Two Paths of Presence – the Twenty-Two Hebrew Letters and Ten Sefirot of Kabbalah, but are universal and open to people of all backgrounds.
Community meets daily on Zoom (except Shabbat and holidays) for learning and practice, and all sessions are available for watching or listening later.
Basic membership starts at $36 per month. Learn more and sign up to try basic membership free for one month, HERE.
For those unable to afford the basic rate, need-based discounted memberships are available. Email Reb Brian Yosef about discounted memberships by filling out contact form HERE.
Reb Brian Yosef received rabbinic s’miha (ordination) in the Renewal tradition and lineage of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l through Rabbi David Zaslow and a haimish group of rabbis at Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland, Oregon in 2023. Prior to that, he received ordinations as Minister of Sacred Musicfrom Reb Zalman z”l (2012), Spiritual Teacher from Shaykh Ibrahim Baba Farajaje (may his secret be sanctified) and Rabbi SaraLeya Schley (2012), certification as Teacher of Jewish Meditationfrom Dr. Rabbi Avram Davis (2004), and holds a Bachelor in Music from the Eastman School of Music (1991). Learn More...
"Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks is both a brilliant meditation teacher and prayer leader. His approach to Torah text is innovative and insightful, and takes meditation to a new level of accessibility. I cannot recommend his work enough. As a teacher he is wise and inspiring. As a musician and spiritual leader the prayers come to life and seem to take flight within the heart and soul."
– Rabbi David Zaslow, Havurah Shir Hadash, Ashland, Oregon; author of Reimagining Exodus, Roots and Branches, and more
"Brian’s gentle guidance makes communion with the divine possible."
– Estelle Frankel, author of Sacred Therapy and The Wisdom of Not Knowing – Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty
“Reb Brian Yosef is an amazing spiritual teacher, able to inspire his students in profound ways that contribute to their spiritual transformation. And he is a masterful composer and musician. Bring him to your community—and he will plant seeds that will germinate for years to come.”
– Rabbi Burt Jacobson, founder of Kehilla Community Synagogue, Oakland, California; author of This Precious Moment: The Wisdom of the Ba'al Shem Tov
“Reb Brian Yosef is a breath of spiritual fresh air in a world that is too often stuffy with solemn vapors. He makes Jewish spirituality relevant and doable.”
– Rabbi Hazzan Avraham Alpert, Congregation Bet Shalom, Tucson, Arizona
"Brian brought a depth of insight to the experience of Jewish meditation, guided by his loving presence, that made everyone feel at ease. His teachings made me want to know more and reminded of how much beauty and Divine connection is possible in our tradition."
– Cantor Risa Wallach, Congregation B'nai Shalom, Walnot Creek, California
“Judaism comes to life in Brian’s presence – he embodies what he teaches, and this is invaluable! As his student, I have been inspired to know myself more fully, and to become more dedicated to my own quest for meaning, understanding, connection, and integrity. He is a fantastic teacher!”
– Rachel Walker, Torah of Awakening student
“The teachings always seem to be just what I need at the time!”
-Pearl Werfel, Torah of Awakening student
“Brian's ability to synthesize the deep wisdom of the Jewish tradition with his own insights on the power of presence and acceptance of reality has been a great gift to me.”