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Cantor Lisa Levine/YOGA SHALOM

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July 9-14
Ruach Ha-Aretz
Stony Point Retreat Center
Hudson Valley, NY

November 2, 2017
To Cuba With Love
Brandeis Women of D.C.
Rockville, MD

November 11th, 2017
Yoga Shalom 10:00 a.m.
Congregation Beth Tikva
Marlton, NJ

November 12, 2017
10th Anniversary Celebration
"Bridge To Peace" Release 
Temple Shalom
Chevy Chase, MD
4:00 p.m.

December 7th, 2017
Yoga Shalom 7:30 a.m.
URJ Biennial
Boston, MA

January 7, 2018 3:00 P.M. 
Aleph Ordination!
Broomfield, CO

January 27th, 2018
Yoga Shalom 9:00 a.m.
Congregation Beth Tikva 
Marlton, NJ 

February 4-12, 2018
Cultural Mission to Cuba
Music, Food, Art!
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March 3rd, 2018 
Yoga Shalom 10:00 a.m.
Congregation Beth Tikva
Marlton, NJ


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We're heading back to Cuba in February 2017 for a Cultural Tour: Music, Art and Food. Contact Lisa for a brochure and more information!  

Called To Action 
August 2017
Av/Elul 5777


Dear Friends,
     Sometimes, one small meeting can change the way we look at the world and make us accutely aware of the simple gifts each of us takes for granted every day.  A twist of fate recently gave me the opportunity to meet and hear the story of a 29 year old Rabbinic student from Uganda named Mugoya Shadrach Levi.  
     Shadrach, the spiritual leader of the Jewish Congregation of Namutumba Uganda, arrived at our home just in time for dinner on a hot, mid summers day.  Over our meal that night, my husband Andy and I heard his story and in the course of a few hours we fell in love with this endearing young man and his passion to keep Judaism alive under extreme conditions in Eastern Africa.    Due to recent drought and famine in the region, the village of 11,000 people has very little food in addition to the daily challenges of no running water,  electricity or basic medical care.  And yet his Jewish Congregation of 400 people continues to grow and thrive and survive, against all odds. 
     As we were eating our meager breakfast the next morning of toast and butter (a meal generally skipped in Uganda because of lack of food) , it suddenly occurred to me that I should  invite Shadrach to speak to my congregation, Temple Shalom, that evening at Shabbat Services. Even though he is an observant Jew, he agreed to travel in my car to the Temple in order to share his story.  Everyone was charmed and captivated by the story of how Judaism came to Uganda and even more drawn in by his own journey and education which led to being appointed as the spiritual leader of his community.  Reb Leila Berner, a teacher and leader in Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, became closely involved with Shadrach and established the Ezra Uganda Assistance Fund, which has since helped Shadrach take classes as well as travel to the United States for a month each year to study.       Since that time much progress has been made through Ezra Uganda Assistance to help the community and to bring basic human assistance to the village!  And yet, our efforts are just beginning, especially with the upcoming wedding of 7 Jewish couples and the needs for that celebration.  Many of us have recently been called to action to help! Andy  and I purchased a cow for the wedding and have been excited to have been able to raise most of the funds which will help the village to celebrate. But that is just the beginning of the long term work which needs to be accomplished: permanent farming sources, water, solar power and a medical clinic are all in the plan for the future of Namutumba. 
     Judaism teaches us that we must provide for the hungry, care for the stranger and treat others as if they are our neighbors, for once we were strangers in a strange land.  Much like our ancestors who came to Judaism through revelation and struggle, these remarkable people study Torah, perform mitzvot and commit themselves daily to a life of holiness supported and based on Jewish values.  It is my prayer hope that together, we can shine a light upon this sacred community and help lead them to realize their dreams of a life where food, water, light, medicine and education are available.  The small things we take for granted every day have now become a gift which I treasure and want to make sure are shared.  Please join me in my calling! 

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In case you missed it, here is a link to the Blog which includes the title track from my new collection "Bridge To Peace" which will be releasing on November 12th! Be watching for more videos and information about the new collection in the coming months. 

Watch for the release of       
Bridge To Peace Gesher L'Shalom !
November 12, 2017! 
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Highlights of July! 
Shadrach with Lisa & Andy and a Latke from Harolds Deli could feed the village for a week! 
Shadrach with Reb Arthur Waskow and some of the goods purchased for the village! 
       Aleph S'micha Week Se'udah Sh'lishit and Havdalah! 
Aliyah l'Torah for the 2018 Musmachim (Ordination Class of 2018) 

Watch for the release of Bridge To Peace: Gesher Shalom! 12 songs dedicated to healing, wholeness and peace.  #bridgetopeace

Featuring brand new songs for singing, sharing and promoting wholeness, healing and peace. 

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Mending Hearts Spirituality & Music:   
A Spiritual Awakening and  Chant Practice
Bring Lisa to your community for three programs: Soulful Shabbat Ruach, 
Yoga Shalom and 
Mending Hearts Spirituality & Music. 
Sacred chant and drumming opens a pathway into the deepest parts of our souls and has the power to release stress, stir emotions and open the heart and body to healing and a connection with the Holy. Cantor Lisa has been writing healing music chants and adapting prayer melodies for her embodiment work in Yoga Shalom for years. Now Lisa has written some new deeply spiritual melodies which will help focus your intention on the path to wholeness, healing and inner peace. Practice includes guided meditations, creative movement, drumming, singing and kirtan chant. 


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