Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater
Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater is Co-Director of Programs of The Institute for Jewish Spirituality, cultivating mindful leadership among rabbis, cantors and Jewish leaders through retreat based and other study programs, grounded in Jewish texts and traditions, to transform Jewish life. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and has served congregations in New York and California. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion where he studied the nature of rabbinic authority among Conservative rabbis.
He is one of the founding teachers at Makom: Center for Mindfulness at the JCC in Manhattan, leading meditation and other programs there, and teaches Jewish mindfulness meditation in other venues. In addition, he was a Synagogue 2000 Fellow, writing curricular materials and serving as a consultant.
Rabbi Slater has served congregations in Northern California, in particular as rabbi of Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa for nineteen years. During that time he was involved in many community projects including those specifically related to the Jewish community (Jewish Community Federation allocations committees; opening the local office of Jewish Family and Children’s Service) and the community at large (on the Board of Social Advocates for Youth, providing short-term counseling for teens and families; the United Way; President of the Interfaith Ministerial Association; Head of the Santa Rosa Hate Free Community Project).
He is the author of A Partner in Holiness: Deepening Mindfulness, Practicing Compassion and Enriching Our Lives through the Wisdom of R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev’s Kedushat Levi, published by Jewish Lights (summer 2014). His book, Mindful Jewish Living: Compassionate Practice was published by Aviv Press in 2004 (available through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality). Rabbi Slater has also contributed essays and articles in various books and journals.