Virtual Concert Series | Renewing Our Collective Soul: A Virtual Program For Our Times

Virtual Concert Series

In these times of physical distancing, it's hard to feel connected to our innermost selves. Many of us are doing the best that we can just to stay afloat, that we haven't had the chance to touch base with our souls.

Even though we can't gather in person at this time, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal invites you to (virtually) join us for Renewing Our Collective Soul: A Virtual Program For Our Times. 

Teachers and leaders from all over the globe will host sessions on meditation, embodied movement, spiritual direction, and so much more––gently guiding us to spaces where we can connect with our deepest selves. 

This page is for our Virtual Concert Series––a series of four musical programs intended to center you and allow us to connect deeply with one another.

All programs are pay-what-you-wish. All donations will directly support the work of ALEPH and Jewish Renewal programming, and we are thankful for any amount you can donate. If you're unable to make a donation at this time, that's okay too. We welcome you.

For our main Renewing Our Collective Soul page, please click here.


Erev Shel Kochavim: An Evening of Stars
ALEPH Virtual Cabaret


Erev Shel Kochavim: An Evening of Stars 
ALEPH Virtual Cabaret
 
Date: Sunday, July 19th 
Time: 7 pm EDT
Welcome and Centering 6:45 - 7:15 pm EDT 
Cost: Pay-what-you-can (Proceeds go directly to supporting ALEPH)

Featuring the best and brightest teachers and performers from the ALEPH Movement––Neshama Carlebach, Rabbi Shefa Gold, Cantor George Mordecai and many, many more! Emcee’d by Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit and Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael.

 

Sing a New Song Psalms Showcase 
Featuring Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, Rabbi David Shneyer, and friends 


Sing a New Song Psalms Showcase 
Featuring Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, Rabbi David Shneyer, and friends 
 
Date: Sunday, August 16th 
Time: 7:30 pm EDT
Cost: Pay-what-you-can (Proceeds go directly to supporting ALEPH)

The poems, hymns and prayers of the psalms evoke the complexities of the human spirit, from joy to sorrow, anger and petition to quietude and relief sometimes all in the same psalm. This showcase will feature original melodies and interpretations that reflect the spirit of the psalms being sung.

Cantor Linda Hirschhorn is a performing singer/songwriter/composer and story-teller. Raised in an orthodox community, she has served as Cantor in Conservative, Reform, Renewal and Reconstructionist settings. Her compositions (choice of words, melodies and harmonies) are a reflection of the expansive nature of what she understands the divine spirit means to each one of us. Linda has been the Cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro for since 1987 and is its sole spiritual leader. She brings her music and her stories to this Showcase of Psalm and prayer meant to inspire and uplift us as we prepare for the High Holy Days.

Rabbi David Shneyer is the founder, director and spiritual leader of Am Kolel. Reb David studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and in Israel, earning degrees in Judaic studies from Rutgers University and Baltimore Hebrew College. He received his “smicha” ordination from ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal founded by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l. The past president of OHALAH: the Rabbinic Association of Jewish Renewal Rabbis, Reb David is also an accomplished musician, founding and leading The Fabrangen Fiddlers, and a composer of new liturgical music. He will join Linda in moderating this beautiful offering of Psalms for healing and hope. 


 

Rosh Chodesh Elul | Evening of Kirtan Chant 
Featuring the Kirtan Rabbi and friends 


Rosh Chodesh Elul | Evening of Kirtan Chant 
Featuring the Kirtan Rabbi and friends 
 
Date: Thursday, August 20th 
Time: 7:30 pm EDT
Cost: Pay-what-you-can (Proceeds go directly to supporting ALEPH)

The Kirtan Rabbi combines a variety of tools to introduce Jewish Wisdom to an increasingly global, religious village. Kirtan Rabbi's music is characterized by great energy, passion and melodic flow. He will lead us into the month of Elul with a velvety sound and spirit meant to prepare us for the High Holy Day season! 

Rabbi Andrew Hahn, Ph.D. is known as both the Kirtan Rabbi and—depending upon which phone booth he exits—also as the Tai Chi Rabbi. He has pioneered Kirtan in the Jewish world, criss-crossing the globe to offer communal call-and-response chant concerts and meditation seminars. Rabbi Hahn earned a Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary (Conservative) and holds ordination from HUC-JIR (Reform). He counts Reb Zalman z”l, as his last, great teacher. He has been teaching tai chi and related arts for decades. He is resident faculty at Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York, where he has founded the not-for-profit Kirtan Rabbi Prayer Initiative. He also served as visiting rabbi for Metivta: a center for contemplative Judaism in Los Angeles. Rabbi Hahn has three musical CDs: Kirtan Rabbi: Live!, Achat Sha’alti, Nondual and a single, Shiviti. His fourth album, Hallel, is to be released this year.


 


FAQ

When is this event taking place?
This program will be taking place all spring and summer. Like you, we are physically distancing and staying at home, and having minimal contact with others. Although we don't know how long these guidelines will be in effect, we want to provide offerings throughout the duration of that time.


Where is this event taking place?
This event is entirely virtual! You can participate from anywhere in the world. You can even be in your pajamas (we won't tell!)


Do I need an internet connection to participate?
An internet or phone connection is required to be able to participate. We encourage having some sort of camera so that your face can be seen, but a phone will work just fine if needed.


What if I have never done video conferencing before?
That's okay! After you register, you will be given detailed instructions on how to get set up so that you will be able to fully participate in as many sessions as you wish.


How long is each session? How often do they meet?
Session lengths vary based on the program. Refer to the detailed session descriptions above to learn more.