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NEW BOOK! -- AMBITION ADDICTION

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Welcome


NEW BOOK! -- AMBITION ADDICTION

Courtesy of Eric Kemp

Courtesy of Eric Kemp

 

My name is Benjamin Shalva.

I am a writer, rabbi, yoga instructor, meditation teacher, & spiritual guide.

I live in the Washington D.C. area and teach seminars in spirituality, mindfulness, and contemplative practice around the United States and internationally, as well.

On this website, you can learn more about my books Ambition Addiction and Spiritual Cross-Training, check out upcoming classes & events, stream recordings of guided meditation, and sign up for my newsletter.

I also invite you to contact me through this website -- I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for visiting!

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About Benjamin


About Benjamin


about benjamin

Courtesy of Eric Kemp

I am a writer, rabbi, meditation teacher, yoga instructor, and spiritual guide born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and residing now in Baltimore, Maryland with my wife, Sara, and our two children.

 

As a writer…

 

I’ve authored two books—Ambition Addiction: How to Go Slow, Give Thanks, and Discover Joy Within and Spiritual Cross-Training: Searching through Silence, Stretch, and Song, both published by Grand Harbor Press in 2016. I travel throughout the United States offering book talks, lectures, and workshops on the topics of Spiritual Cross-Training and Ambition Addiction. 

I’ve also published numerous articles on health, wellness, and spirituality in such publications as the Washington Post, Success Magazine, Spirituality & Health Magazine, and Elephant Journal.

 

As a rabbi…

 

I received my rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. I have served as Rabbinic Advisor for the Harvard University Hillel, Assistant Rabbi for Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax, VA and Senior Rabbi for Temple Reyim in Newton, MA. I also served as a Rabbinic Chaplain for Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City and the Nashua Street Jail in Boston.

Currently, I serve as a rabbi, Jewish educator, and song leader for a number of institutions in and around the Baltimore and Greater Washington areas, including Adas Israel Congregation and The 6th & I Historic Synagogue. I lead Shabbat and High Holiday services for Bet Mishpachah, Washington D.C.'s LGBTQ synagogue.

I also spend my summers as the Camp Rabbi and the Director of Jewish Programming for Tamarack Camps in Michigan.

 

As a meditation teacher, yoga instructor, and spiritual guide…

 

I am a teacher of Mindfulness meditation and Jewish meditation. At age 18, I began a practice of Zen Buddhist meditation under the auspices of the Kwan Um School of Zen. I continue a daily meditation practice and enjoy facilitating meditation groups in synagogues, yoga studios, hospitals and prisons, including Take Five Meditation in Washington D.C., the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington, and the Soul Center of Baltimore.

I am also a certified Hatha Yoga instructor, having received certification from the Yogic Physical Culture Academy under the guidance of yogic master Tony Sanchez. I have studied yoga for twenty years and maintain a daily personal yoga practice. I teach yoga in studios, gyms, and other venues in the Washington D.C. area and have also created a Yoga & Kabbalah Workshop, which I offer at yoga studios and synagogues throughout the United States.

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