Rabbi Shefa Gold

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, N.M. Shefa composes and performs spiritual music, has produced 10 albums, and her liturgies have been published in several new prayerbooks. She teaches workshops and retreats on the theory and art of Chanting, Devotional Healing, Spiritual Community Building, Meditation, and trains 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 participants 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, 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. For information about how to order CDs and about Shefa’s teaching schedule, visit her website: www.rabbishefagold.com.


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To Be a Mystic-Activist

To be a mystic-activist means that I must live in the light of what I know to be true. Through this light, I must heal the racism that is my conditioning and find the deeper knowing that we are one Being.

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