Join us in the month of Kislev as world-renowned yoga and meditation teachers share practices and experiences you won’t soon forget. This program has something for everyone—from the brand new beginner to the experienced yoga practitioner. We will experience yoga, meditation, and music dedicated to expanding the light from within and without.

We will begin with a Holy Gathering for introductions of our leaders, and end with the first night kindling the lights of Chanukah. In between, our leaders will share a wealth of offerings as they have made their mark as authors, leaders, rabbis, yogis, and spiritual guides around the world. Come learn and practice with these visionary purveyors of light!

Cosponsored by Ivrim Jews Without Borders, HaMakom, ALEPH Canada, and Jewish Yoga Network.

Cost:

All Access Pass: $108

Four Class Pass: $36

Individual Class: $10

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Opening Program

Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine, Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi), and the introduction of our faculty

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Sunday, December 11
1 pm ET (10 am PT)

Join the entire faculty and our hosts, Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine and Marcis Freed, for an overview of the week and a short Kirtan concert with Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi!)

Samadhi in the Kabbalah

Rabbi Dan Gigi

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Sunday, December 11
3 pm ET (12 pm PT)

Rabbi Dan will be leading us on a practical session entitled “Samadhi in the Kabbalah”, where he will introduce and guide us in dhyana (deep meditation) practice from the Sefer Yetzirah and the Ecstatic Kabbalah. This session will involve chanting and will include a discussion on the origin of the practice and my his experience practicing and teaching it, followed by the practice itself which involves which is a meditation on sound and letter permutation.

Rabbi Daniel J Gigi MA (he/him) is a wellbeing Rabbi, author on the Ecstatic Kabbalah, and exponent of the Hasidic school of Izhbitsa-Radzyn. He is the founder of Maayan Hatum: Centre for Contemplative Judaism through which he facilitates workshops, classes and retreats on Jewish meditation and mysticism. He has trained in zazen, yoga and mindfulness but his practice is based on the Sefer Yetzirah, the oldest book on Kabbalah and Meditation, through its development in the Ecstatic Kabbalah, Lurianic Kabbalah and Hasidism. The methods of the Sefer Yetzirah are derived from the practices of the Hebrew prophets, and are designed to prepare the heart-mind for Divine inspiration by developing one’s faculties of imagination, concentration and awareness. The central principle of the Sefer Yetzirah is known as Running and Returning, where the heart-mind is brought into progressive stages of inner quiet. The specific techniques are broadly reminiscent of Nada and Mantra Yogas.

 

 

Freedom Flow

Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine

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Monday, December 12
11 am ET (8 am PT)

Yoga Shalom: Freedom Flow is a one hour embodiment of prayer harnessing the power of the Sefirot energy centers for balancing mind body and spirit. Through pranayama breath practice, Asana yoga poses, sacred chant and kavanna intentions we will allow the light of Shechinah to cleanse our nervous systems and create a holy space for expanding light and peace in ourselves and in the world. 

Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine RYT500 (she/her), is a well known cantor, composer, poet, author, chaplain and recording artist. Her catalogue includes 10 CDs and as many songbooks and her compositions are widely recorded and chorale series published by Transcontinental Music. Lisa received Ordination from HUC-JIR DFSSM in NYC. She is the author of “Yoga Shalom” a popular Jewish Yoga book and is the prayer voice of “Hebrew In Harmony” published by Behrman House.  Her recent recordings include “Jospel Jam” Jewish Gospel originals and “Sound of Your Soul” composed for Yoga practice, healing and sacred chant.  Lisa is ordained as Rabbinic Pastor through ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Lisa shares Yoga Shalom classes via zoom as well as worship healing and chaplaincy in zoom rooms around the world.  Her first collection of poetry “Heart of Light” is available on Amazon.  Reb Lisa serves as Cantor & Spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel in York PA.

Chanukah Yoga Teacher Training - tips for teachers and practitioners on how to share Torah ideas for Jewish Festivals through yoga

Marcus J. Freed

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Monday, December 12
3 pm ET (12 pm PT)

Chanukah Yoga and Festival Tips for Teachers and Practitioners will guide leaders on how to share Torah ideas for Jewish Festivals through Yoga.

Marcus is an actor, author and teacher who wrote a series of books connecting Jewish wisdom with yoga, to help people experience embodied spirituality. “The Kosher Sutras” is a Torah commentary through yoga, “The Kabbalah Sutras” connects the sefirot with physical and meditative practices, and “The Festive Sutras” includes a mini-book called “The Yogi’s Hagaddah”! Marcus also co-founded The Jewish Yoga Network (www.jewishyoganetwork.org), has taught and performed in 18 countries, broadcast on BBC national radio, and appeared on US breakfast shows. As a filmmaker, his recent music videos included “Livin’ La Vida Kosher” and “The Hebrew Hamilton”, and the forthcoming romantic comedy “Love & Consent”. In 2023 Marcus will be launching The Jewish Filmmaking Network, designed for independent filmmakers who are looking to promote positive-Jewish and pro-Israel themes in their movies. And finally, you can read his regular “Satirical Semite” column in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. There’s more to discover on his personal website at www.marcusjfreed.com, his boutique marketing agency www.freedthinking.com, and on social media @marcusjfreed.

Tai Chi Energy Practice

Gad Levy Golan

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Tuesday, December 13
9 am ET (6 am PT)

Gad Levy Golan will teach the Trinity of Heaven, Human and Earth, which is a  sacred practice about building connections between heaven and earth through our body. We will simply relax and allow the flow of gravity to penetrate through our organs. The outcome is a great return of ground energy along with tranquility and equanimity.

Gad Levy Golan (he/him) is the author of the “Key to Qi” a book about healing energy and how it can be harnessed towards wellbeing, longevity and success. Gad practices and has been teaching Tai Chi and Medical Chi Kung for over 40 years. He is the principal and founder of LIFE IN MOTION, an Academy for graduating instructors in the Bio Energetics and Medical Chi kung system that he had created. It is an exercise program based on an amalgamation of Kabbalah-Tai Chi, Medical Qigong, Mindfulness, Meditation and Guided Healing. He graduated the Australian Sports Authority as an Instructor, and served as the New South Wales state representative at the Tai Chi Association of Australia. In Sydney, Gad created a program of Kabbalah Tai chi for Jewish Renewal, which is a sacred practice based on chanting from Psalms and Prayers in Motion.

Enriching Bitachon

Julie Emden

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Tuesday, December 13
1 pm ET (10 am PT)

Cultivate a moment- to-moment sensing awareness of the bodily systems and structures that support and sustain us in this gentle & active Iyengar-based yoga practice infused with teachings about Bitachon  /בטחון  (Trust) for the month of Kislev.

Julie Emden, E-RYT-500, Halprin Practitioner, (she/her) infuses her work with exploration, spirit and joy. She is passionate about awakening the body as a gateway to deep inner knowing and guides others in somatic explorations of Jewish wisdom teachings as a resource for living in balance and wholeness. A graduate of five fellowship and teaching certification programs related to her work as a Jewish educator, Iyengar-based yoga instructor and movement/expressive artist, Julie has over two decades of experience guiding others in exploring Jewish wisdom, text and practices via the body in a variety of settings. Julie offers classes, workshops, on-line learning, retreats, teacher trainings, individual coaching, and strategic consultation and guidance for Jewish Wellness Initiatives throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Radiant Rest Yoga Nidra

Rabbi Shachar Orenstein

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Tuesday, December 13
7 pm ET (4 pm PT)

Enjoy this hour of meditation for evening rest, healing and renewal. 

Rabbi Shachar Orenstein (he/him) was born in Ramat Gan, Israel, and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. He has served as a congregational rabbi for many years in both Vancouver and Montreal. In 2008, he co-founded Teva Quebec, Quebec’s first Jewish Environmental Organization. A certified yin yoga instructor, he enjoys accompanying his classes with his guitar. His music album, “Bonjour Mes Amis: Chansons juives pour le jeunes” has made hundreds of Jewish children happy.

Spreading Your Light with Chant and Meditation

Rabbi Elyssa Austerklein

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Wednesday, December 14
9 am ET (6 am PT)

We are taught that a tiny bit of light can dispel a great darkness. We are each capable of so much when we shine our light forward. This is an invitation into chanting and meditation focused on growing and spreading light.

Rabbi Elyssa Austerklein (she/her) is an artist, yogi, musician, and Founding Director of Ivrim Jews Without Borders. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, BU School of Theology, and the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Rabbi Elyssa has published in The Forward, eJewish Philanthropy, the journal Kerem, has contributed several times to the Ask the Rabbis” section in Moment Magazine, and has a poem published in the volume When We Turned Within: Reflections on COVID-19. She is a trained mikveh guide, has led Hallel with Women of the Wall in Jerusalem, and was a “rabbi on the road” for the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Rabbi Elyssa is a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, and was named one of Americas 33 most inspiring rabbis of 2015 by The Forward. She has held pulpits in Conservative and Reform congregations in Florida, Ohio, Maryland and Alaska. She is a devoted wife and mother.

Soulstir: Dancing the Sefirot

Shelly Dembe

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Wednesday, December 14
1 pm ET (10 am PT)

Soulstir: A form of movement that awakens the soul. Based on the sefirot, Soulstir allows us to get out of our heads and into our bodies, bringing to life loving kindness, strength, harmony, leadership, humility, foundation and community.

Shelly Dembe (she/her) inspires others toward optimum physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Her book, Wrestling with Yoga, Journey of a Jewish Soul, helps others navigate the controversial elements of yoga while maintaining a physical practice that is safe for the Jewish soul. With over 35 years of life and professional experience as a Registered Nurse and health coach, Dembe inspires and entertains with her honest story of a journey out of ashrams and into life as an evolving Jew. Shelly travels worldwide to communities as the founder and facilitator of Soulstir, a form of movement that awakens the soul. Based on the Kabbalistic sefirot, this dance form welcomes all women into the circle of dance, creating community, joy, and well-being.

Tai Chi for Balance

Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi)

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Wednesday, December 14
7 pm ET (4 pm PT)

Join the Kirtan Rabbi for a unique and energizing slow movement practice perfect for taking a step back from the stresses of the Holiday Season. 

Rabbi Andrew Hahn (Reb Drew) (he/him) combines a variety of tools to introduce Jewish Wisdom to an increasingly global, religious village. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Jewish Theological Seminary (Conservative) and received rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform). He has also studied at the feet of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal Movement. Dubbed a Shlomo Carlebach for the twenty-first century,” he weaves traditional Jewish liturgy and musical modes into the increasingly popular call-and-response chant technology from India, known as Kirtan.

Shal(om) Yoga

Alice Frank

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Thursday, December 15
9 am ET (6 am PT)

Shal(om) Yoga is a one hour yoga class steeped in Jewish teaching that guides us into the Promised Land- the present moment. The direct translation of the month of Kislev is heart pocket.” We become present to the darkness so available at this time of year, and witness the hearts opening.

Alice Frank (she/her) created Shal(om) Yoga over 20 years ago. She is a Spiritual Guide and Life-Coach specializing in love and awakening. A poet and speaker about G-d, she was named one of the Top 100 Creatives Creating Change by ORIGIN Magazine. Her poetry is lauded by Eckhart Tolle, Daniel Ladinsky, and others. She has established Grateful Already, a healing immersion center in Quebec. She has been a student of Kabbalah for 25 years and is ordained a very alternative Rabbi. If you need any support please find her at Uniamory.com

Torah Yoga Light of Chanukah

Diane Bloomfield

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Thursday, December 15
12 pm ET (9 am PT)

The Chassidic Rebbe Sfat Emet teaches: “There is a life giving point hidden in every person of Israel, but it is hidden….We can discover it by searching with a candle.” With the candle flames of Torah study and yoga practice we will discover the hidden point of life within.

Diane Bloomfield (she/her) is the creator of Torah Yoga and author of the book Torah Yoga: Experiencing Jewish Wisdom through Classic Postures. She is currently working on her new book, Playing with Fire: Secret Torah Doorways to the Inner Self. She lives in Jerusalem where she teaches Torah and Torah Yoga classes live and on the web. She is currently planning Torah Yoga 10 day trips to Israel. Diane also teaches Torah Yoga retreats and workshops in the United States at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and synagogues throughout the United States and Canada. 

KabbalahYoga Step Into Shabbat

Audi Gozlan

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Friday, December 16
10:30 am ET (7:30 am PT)

Kabbalah Yoga: Step Into Shabbat through the embodiment of the Hebrew letters representing the Kabbalistic energy circles bringing us into unity with EIN SOF.

Audi Gozlan (he/him) is a passionate teacher who fuses Vinyasa yoga with the cultivation of spiritual intention. Audi is an RYT 500 member of the Yoga Alliance. He is a Prana Vinyasa teacher and is assistant to international yoga teacher Shiva Rea. He is the founder of Kabalah Yoga®, a unique style of Vinyasa that offers deep wisdom in the practice of flow yoga.

Healing Chant and Meditation Shabbat

Rabbi Hanna Tiferet and Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine

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Saturday, December 17
11 am ET (8 am PT)

Join these two notable worship leaders for a spiritual hour of meaningful and mindful healing chant and prayer.

Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel (she/her) is a poet and mystic through whom song and inspiration flow. She weaves together prayerful melodies and thoughtful teachings in a web of spirit and celebration. Through new music, liturgical innovation, and attunement to the Divine Feminine, Hanna plants seeds of Jewish Renewal wherever she goes. Since the late 1960s, she has designed prayer experiences that include meditation, yoga, dance, original prayers, and midrashim. Her devotion and loving commitment prepared the ground for the egalitarian participation of women in Jewish spiritual leadership.

Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine RYT500 (she/her), is a well known cantor, composer, poet, author, chaplain and recording artist. Her catalogue includes 10 CDs and as many songbooks and her compositions are widely recorded and chorale series published by Transcontinental Music. Lisa received Ordination from HUC-JIR DFSSM in NYC. She is the author of “Yoga Shalom” a popular Jewish Yoga book and is the prayer voice of “Hebrew In Harmony” published by Behrman House.  Her recent recordings include “Jospel Jam” Jewish Gospel originals and “Sound of Your Soul” composed for Yoga practice, healing and sacred chant.  Lisa is ordained as Rabbinic Pastor through ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Lisa shares Yoga Shalom classes via zoom as well as worship healing and chaplaincy in zoom rooms around the world.  Her first collection of poetry “Heart of Light” is available on Amazon.  Reb Lisa serves as Cantor & Spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel in York PA.

Inner Light Practice

Gad Levy Golan

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Sunday, December 18
9 am ET (6 am PT)

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Gad Levy Golan (he/him) is the author of the “Key to Qi” a book about healing energy and how it can be harnessed towards wellbeing, longevity and success. Gad practices and has been teaching Tai Chi and Medical Chi Kung for over 40 years. He is the principal and founder of LIFE IN MOTION, an Academy for graduating instructors in the Bio Energetics and Medical Chi kung system that he had created. It is an exercise program based on an amalgamation of Kabbalah-Tai Chi, Medical Qigong, Mindfulness, Meditation and Guided Healing. He graduated the Australian Sports Authority as an Instructor, and served as the New South Wales state representative at the Tai Chi Association of Australia. In Sydney, Gad created a program of Kabbalah Tai chi for Jewish Renewal, which is a sacred practice based on chanting from Psalms and Prayers in Motion.

Closing Program with Chanukah Candle Lighting

Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine and faculty

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Sunday, December 18
1 pm ET (10 am PT)

Join our faculty and special guests for the first night of Chanukah lighting and songs for the season. Bring your Chanukah Menorah and join our healing circle of light to bring our week of learning to a close.

 

When is this event taking place?

Each program takes place at different dates and times. Please refer to your selected program for the correct dates and times, and be sure to pay attention to time zones.

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.