Not really. Jewish Renewal is sometimes referred to as “New Age” by people who do not know that meditation, dance, chant, and mysticism have been present in Judaism throughout the ages and not, as some mistakenly believe, patched onto Judaism from other cultures. Sadly, some of our authentic, time-honored Jewish beliefs and practices have been lost, leaving many unaware of their existence in Judaism. Jewish Renewal brings those beliefs and practices back, with a modern day application, uniting spiritually sensitive Jews in an open, welcoming, joyful expression of Judaism.
Renewal revives the “hidden” treasures of Judaism and makes them accessible to seekers.