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Cantor-in-Residence Weekend "Waking Up To Our Own Live"

Date: January 24 - 26, 2020


Mindful awareness through Jewish song, prayer and movement. A Cantor-In-Residence weekend with Cantor Elizabeth Shammash.

Friday, January 24, 6:15 pm: Rabbi Sachs-Kohen, Cantor Ellerin and Cantor Shammash will lead our traditional Friday Night service.

Saturday, January 25, 10 am: Shabbat Shelanu with Rabbi Sachs-Kohen and Cantor Shammash. We will take our time in an alternative prayer service focusing on mindfulness, meditation and chant to find wholeness in Shabbat and the week to come.

Saturday, January 25, 4-6 pm: Cantor Shammash teaches “Yoga and Havdalah.” A gentle 90 minute yoga practice for all levels to deepen our experience of Shabbat rest. Please wear clothes you can move in and bring a mat if you have one.

Sunday, January 26, 9:30-10:45 am: Cantor Shammash and Rabbi Sachs-Kohen “Introduction to Mindful Meditation Practice”

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Cantor Shammash has served Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, PA since 2007 and is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary. She enjoys sharing her passion and calling with congregants of all ages, in music of diverse genres, connecting them to our rich liturgical and cultural tradition. Prior to entering JTS, her career in opera took her to work with orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, Los Angeles Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra and opera companies including New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and the Beijing Music Festival. Two highlights of recent seasons included a Yiddish Liederabend (evening of song) and another in Hebrew at YIVO in New York City. She was a recording artist for the Milken Archive of Jewish Music.

Through her singing training, Cantor Shammash was led to yoga studies in 1993. Her love of yoga and Judaism found their authentic fusion through studies with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, where she currently serves as a faculty member, teaching yoga and mindfulness to rabbis and cantors, including Rabbi Sachs-Kohen. She leads yoga and contemplative prayer inspired by the Jewish calendar in her community and beyond. She is passionate about helping others bring Judaism into the body, voice and heart through both methodical and creative embodied practice. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, David Reed and their dog, Lenny (named after Leonard Bernstein).

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