Life and Academic Studies
Dr. Mira Neshama Niculescu was born in Paris in1980 and has lived and studied in Paris, New York and Jerusalem.
After degrees in Law, Philosophy and Political Science, she earned her Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion at the Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (EHESS) with the "Centre d'études science sociales du Religieux" (CéSor), researching the phenomenon of the Jewish-Buddhists and the contemporary revival of Meditation within Western Jewish culture.
She learned Torah and Gemara as an Art Fellow at the “Drisha Institute of Jewish Education” in New York and as a Yesod European Leader Fellow at the “Pardes Institute of Jewish studies” in Jerusalem, where she received a certificate in Experiential Jewish Education, but also with the Snej in Paris, with French Teacher Bernard Marouani, and at Matan in Jerusalem.
Jewish Education: teaching, learning
A licensed Jewish Mindfulness teacher from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (AJS), she has taught Jewish spirituality and traditional Jewish Meditation internationally since 2012: in the United States (Drisha, Manhattan JCC, IJS, Base Miami), in Paris (ECUJE, Centre Communautaire de Neuilly, Centre Fleg, Synagogue de la Victoire), and in Europe (Geneva Jewish Community Center, Moishe House retreat in Berlin).
She currently lives in Jerusalem, where she holds a weekly Jewish Meditation class at Pardes and teachers Jewish meditation retreats with Or Ha Lev as well as online Jewish spirituality courses with Applied Jewish spirituality.
She learns Halakhah, Talmud, Tanakh and 'Hassidut as a Fellow at Beit Midrash Har'el, talmudic Skills with rav Daniel Reifman at Pardes, Zohar with Dr. Melila Hellner-Heshed, and Kabbalistic contemplative techniques with Rav Meir Sendor.
Community building and activities
A former board member of Limmud France, Mira is the founder of Neshama, a Jewish spirituality non-profit organizing Hassidic Meditation sessions and Carlebach Minyanim, and the co-founder of B.E.S.T, a Jewish body-mind spirituality collective.
She is currently working on building Neshim'app, the First Jewish Meditation App.
Appart from her mother, life, God, and everything and everyone she finds on her path, Mira's favorite teachers have included, in the Jewish Meditation world, R. Dr. James Maisels, Rabbi Dr. Meir Sendor, R. Jonathan Slater, R. Alan Lew, R. Sheila Peltz-Weinberg, and in the zen and mindfulness world: Dr. Barry Maguid, Norman Fischer, Dr. Sylvia Boorstein.
Mira's mentor include Dr. Penny Joel from Pardes, Patrick Levy-Tuval from the Paideia Projects Incubator, Shuki Taylor from M2, and Aharon-Ariel Lavie from the Hakhel Incubator for Jewish Intentional communities in Europe.
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