I love facilitating group workshops in a private home. Invite your friends for a birthday party, holiday or just to get together and learn how to meditate, and treat yourselves to this beautiful gift of self-care. You and I can either choose a theme that resonates with you, such as gratitude or loving kindness, to be woven into the meditation and music, or I can teach breathing techniques and meditation that your friends can take home so that they can start a regular practice.
I also give private sessions to teach you meditation so that you can start a daily practice or dig deeper into the one you already have, or guide you on a peaceful journey into deep relaxation for well being. Music is included.
I am available for long distance Skype sessions.
I also love to lead Jewish specific gatherings that include Torah, Holiday(such as practices leading up to the High Holidays for the month of Elul) Kabbalah or Mussar themes along with teachings, meditation and music. I do this in private homes or I can come to your synagogue.
Contact me to discuss details and fees.
I teach and guide many forms of meditation and we can discuss your needs. Some of them are:
Lovingkindness (Chesed, Metta)
Yoga Nidra Meditation
Chakra Sound Healing
Breathing Techniques for Well Being
Guided Healing Meditation
Jewish Meditation: Gerushin, Chesed, Visualization
My Ancestral History
I was born Jewish, in a kosher home, second generation of Russian Jewish immigrants who escaped being killed by running for their lives when they came to America. I had a deep connection to my heritage, the Hebrew language and my grandparents. I especially was loved by and had a great love for my Grandma Anna. I loved everything about her; her Russian accent, her beautiful hair, her singing voice, and her unending energy. She was the matriarch of our family, working tirelessly and selflessly, so that our whole extended family could all be together on Shabbat and holidays in the apartment on Webster Avenue in Brooklyn. I was the fortunate one of the three sisters who went to Hebrew School and got a scholarship to Hebrew HS. After my Bat Mitzvah my parents received a letter from the Cantor extolling my singing ability! My family all thought that I would become a Cantor, but I thought I wanted to become a pop star. I truly enjoyed it all.
I have studied many different traditions to become a well rounded and knowledgeable meditation teacher. What was amazing to me was how much overlap there was between all that I had learned from other traditions, and all that I later learned from Jewish meditation practices. It was easy for me to understand and practice the various Jewish meditation techniques, even advanced ones with the 48 years of regular meditation experience under my belt.
I have studied Kabbalah (it would take more than a lifetime to get it all, but specifically have studied the meditations and basic concepts), Mussar, and read every book on Jewish meditation I could get my hands on. I watched videos of wonderful teachers that unlocked the key to ancient traditions, read translated meditation manuscripts and learned that Jewish meditation has been documented in the Torah and the Talmud. It was very widespread at different times in Jewish history, and is a big part of Kabbalah practice. The first mention of meditation is in Genesis when Isaac is in the field “meditating” and Rebecca comes.
I am so grateful to have been asked by my Rabbi/Cantor Shirah Sklar to collaborate with her on a class we do at our synagogue, called Shabbat Shalva, a music and meditation Shabbat experience. It has been a dream come true to collaborate and sing with her.
As I continue on my journey, it’s all of my past studies that have made me who I am today, and add a richness and understanding to all I do going forward. Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi said it perfectly when he said, ”When I heard the monks at Gethsemani sing Gregorian chants, conveying a sense of peace before retiring, I did my own evening prayers with greater fervor”. For me, by learning about the wisdom and meditations of other traditions, I have expanded my mind, opened my heart, and I have stayed true to myself.
Everyone’s path is personal and different, but I believe that all spiritual work leads to the same truth-
That we are not separate, but rather deeply connected-
And that kindness(chesed), compassion(rahum) and love(ahava) are the way to a better world.
I am thrilled to be sharing the music on my newest CD “I Am You”-“Ani Ata” with you, that includes prayers, chants and original songs in Hebrew and English.