Honoring Rabbi Rachel Cowan:
A Life of Meaning, A Legacy of Jewish Mindfulness
“As a lifelong activist, Rachel saw the connection between inner and outer work.
She knew the transformative power of contemplative practice for herself, and what it could be for the world.”
Rabbi Lisa Goldstein,
Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Rabbi Rachel Cowan (z”l) was a beloved teacher, mentor, and leader with an unfailing sense of justice and compassion.
In keeping with Rachel’s vision to help Jews find greater access to the deep wisdom of the Jewish spiritual inheritance and to help them build lives that are mindful, engaged, and connected, IJS is committed to:
- Teaching Jewish spiritual practices that cultivate mindfulness on the individual and communal levels;
- Leveraging technology to bring Jewish spiritual practice to those who might otherwise not have access;
- Partnering with the Nathan Cummings Foundation to create the Rachel Cowan Scholarship Fund which will subsidize participation in IJS’s retreat-based programs, making them more accessible to a wider and more diverse audience.
“Rachel’s impact is still felt keenly in every aspect of the work that we do.
We want to support this work as a way to keep her legacy alive.”
President and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation.