Quiet your Mind, Open Your Heart, Restore Your Spirit
Cantor Lisa Levine/YOGA SHALOM

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

November 11, 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 
Aleph Ordination! 3:00 p.m.
Broomfield, CO

January 8, 2018 
Hybrid Chaplaincy Workshop
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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February 24th, 2018
Shabbat Minyan 10:00 a.m.
Kol Ami, Arlington, VA

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!  

Forgiveness From 
the Inside Out 
September 2017
 Elul/Tishrei 5777

Dear Friends, 
     I had the honor and pleasure of studying with Rabbi Shefa Gold this summer and was transfixed and transformed by her practice of sacred chant and energy embodiment.  Part of this practice included building our individual and collective Mishkan (tabernacle) from the inside out as well as examining the deepest pain and devastations in our own lives.  From this place of self knowledge and discomfort, came the rebirth and fortification of my inner strength and ability to hold space for others, which ultimately helps me to be better leader, a better partner, friend and human being.  
     Self forgiveness, for me, is a great challenge at this time of year. Beating myself up for not living up to the expectations of myself and others takes up a lot of space in my head! The practices I learned from Reb Shefa have enabled me to clear negative energy from my spirit and open my heart to grace and acceptance of everyone,  just the way they are. 
      Another incredible class I took over the summer was  Midrash (filling in the question marks of the Torah)  with Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel.  It opened a window for me into the deepest reflections and understandings of the stories and characters in the Torah in ways I had never imagined. My work in forgiveness of self intersected with Midrash and I expressed it through writing,  in several poems, which ultimately helped me to cope with the complexities of relationships and imperfections we all share. 
      My prayer for all of us during this month of Elul and Holy Day Season is that we accept our imperfections in ourselves and others and celebrate them as holy.  Just like our ancestors, we learn from our mistakes and seek grace through the Immanence of the Eternal.  From that place of forgiveness flow the cleansing waters of compassion and ultimate love for others. 



Returning To The Table 
Midrash Poem by Lisa Levine

After I had been banished by God
For gossiping about my gioret-toshav
Sister-in-law Tzippora 
There came the day I had to return
To the camp and face her. 

Who could blame her for hating me
For I indeed had spoken ill of her
Calling her Cushite in anger
I was in a really bad place that day
Something set me off
Aaron and I also, leaders of this people! 
I couldn't hold my tongue
Even thought I knew it was wrong.

For that mistake, I almost paid
With my life. My skin turned white. 
White as the manna we ate each morning
Moses pleaded: El Na, R'fana La
And Yah spared me.
I had time to think about my self
The error of my ways
And how my words hurt the ones I love. 

So, it's time for me to make my apologies
And return to your table.
Should I bring a gift? An offering?
What can I do to make amends? 
Should I catch you alone and try to explain
I was having a bad day?
Or should I be honest and tell you
That my jealousy and immaturity kept me
From accepting you as our own.

Your table is always filled to overflowing
With chatting women and tasty dishes
Even here in the wilderness
You set a lovely repast for family
And strangers alike.
After all, you and Moses are the leaders
Of this rag tag lot of stragglers.
All of this I thought to myself. 
And tried to think of what I was going to say.

So the day came and I squared my shoulders
I entered your tent and said 'hello' 
You responded with a smile and said
"I'm glad to see you back with us, Miriam. 
Please, come and sit with us. Eat."
I should have known that you would 
Forgive me, without a word, an explanation.
I learned a lot about you that day.
I learned that a forgiving heart
Is more precious than gold.
I learned that time, sometimes,
Is the only healer.
And that with patience, kindness and grace,
I can learn to forgive myself.
Watch for the release of       
Bridge To Peace Gesher L'Shalom !
November 12, 2017! 
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Highlights of R & R in August!  
Big Tree Bench Dedicated to Marvin & Shirley! 
The mouth of the Klamath River and Hidden Beach
 Impromptu performance at Crivelli's Bar Klamath Glen and the view from the  Gondola Trees of Mystery, Klamath, CA 
A short trip to Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to round out summer! 

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

A new collection of songs for singing, teaching and bringing peace and healing into the world! 

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Now Booking:
Soulful Shabbat Ruach Friday Evening Service
Yoga Shalom Chant and Embodiment of Prayer 
Mending Hearts Drumming and Chant 
Hybrid chaplaincy includes modes of sacred chant, gentle yoga, drumming, mandala art and writing. Join Lisa in one of her workshops at the URJ Biennial in Boston and OHALAH in Broomfield CO to learn more about Music and chaplaincy! 


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