Friday, July 21, 5:15–6:15 pm
Ohef Sholom Temple
Experience inner peace, soul nourishment, and personal transformation through the vibration resonance of chanting texts and quartz and gemstone singing bowls. A brief teaching, chant practice, sound healing, and time for reflection will take place.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Toni Whitmont is an accredited crystal sound therapist who uses her deep connection to Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah and her beautiful singing bowls to support both spiritual practice and personal and planetary healing.
“I have always loved to sing, particularly Jewish liturgical music, and to pray, so when Rabbi Shefa Gold announced the ninth cohort of her Kol Zimra Chanting program, I applied,” says Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, senior rabbi at Ohef Sholom Temple.
Rabbi Gold selects Biblical and liturgical verses and phrases that hold particular meaning for her and translates them into chants that serve as the basis of a Jewish spiritual practice. The program consists of four, week-long retreats in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during which time participants actually learn and engage in the art of chant and experience its power. Chanting has long been known to have healing properties, of body, mind and spirit.
“When I returned from my first five day retreat, I happened to have a regularly scheduled doctor’s appointment, and learned that my blood pressure had dropped by 30 points,” notes Mandelberg. “Half way through the program, after the second retreat, I started a monthly chanting group at Ohef Sholom that includes a brief teaching, a chanting practice, and time for reflection.”
RSVP is required by Wednesday, July 19 to firstname.lastname@example.org.