Date(s) - 06/26/2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom link – please email the office at email@example.com for this week’s meeting ID and password. Or view this event on Marc Labowitz’ Facebook page.
Rabbi Shefa Gold is a leader in Aleph: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal and received her ordination both from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. She is the director of C-DEEP The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Shefa composes and performs spiritual music, has produced ten albums, and her liturgies have been published in several new prayer-books. She teaches workshops and retreats on the theory and art of Chanting, Devotional Healing, Spiritual Community Building, Meditation, and trained Chant Leaders in Kol Zimra, a two year program for rabbis, cantors and lay leaders. She is a resource faculty for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and a fellow for CLAL’s Rabbis without Borders. She was recently named “One of the 33 most Inspiring Rabbis in America,” by the Jewish Forward. Her new project is called SOULIFT, a one week immersion in spiritual practice designed to lift us into the Soul perspective. Shefa combines her grounding in Judaism with a background in Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Native American spiritual traditions to make her uniquely qualified as a spiritual bridge celebrating the shared path of devotion. She is the author of Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land, and In the Fever of Love: An Illumination of the Song of Songs, and Are We There Yet? Travel as a Spiritual Practice, published by Ben Yehuda Press, and The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love, published by Jewish Lights.
Rachmiel O’Regan, M.A. (Counseling)
I was born and raised in Louisiana as a Catholic with Sephardic Jewish, Converso, ancestry through my Mother (born Sylvia Sepulvado). Shefa introduced me to Judasim when we met in 1999, and I immediately took to it heart and soul—like the proverbial ‘Duck to Water.’ After I became aware of my ancestry, I have relished reclaiming my true maternal family Jewish heritage. My favorite thing in the world is to chant and do spiritual practice with Shefa.