Embodied Judaism

As a musician, Jewish prayer leader, and teacher of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, I have spent the last decade and more developing a unique blend of these pursuits, combining deep mind-body awareness with the musical, spiritual and intellectual traditions of Jewish prayer, to create an experience I call “Embodied Judaism.”

Embodied Judaism programs draw on the principles of the Feldenkrais Method and its unique process of Awareness Through Movement to develop in participants a deep sense of mind-body connection, which we put in context by — and in turn, shed light on — close readings of jewish text drawn from biblical, liturgical, Rabbinic and Hasidic sources.

Texts are taught at a level appropriate to the attending participants — from non-Jews to rabbis.

Programs are open to anyone with a body — no prior movement experience or ability is necessary.

I am available to teach these materials in many formats: as a single Adult Ed evening or weekend workshop, a series of classes, an element during services, or as a shabbaton retreat. I am always developing new programs, and am more than happy to try something new and customized to your community’s needs!

Blog posts about Embodied Judaism

Sample of available programs:

  • Embodied Teshuvah: A Course of Change for the High Holidays
  • “All My Bones Declare” — praying with your body
  • Bechol levavcha uvchol me’odecha” – whole-body prayer and whole-hearted living
  • Action Awareness and the Fullness of Life: Embodiment & The ‘Four Worlds’ of Kabbalah
  • Tu BiShvat Seder embodying the ‘Four Worlds’
  • Light In the Darkness: a program for Hanukkah
  • From Slavery to Freedom: a program for Passover

Praise for Embodied Judaism programs:

“I have nothing but effusive praise for what you pulled off in two hours at the synagogue. You definitely should do more sessions like that. You really achieved (at least for me) the effects you described; I felt each level. And I took it home and to work with me; it is having a halo effect on my behavior.”

— Congregant, in response to a Four Worlds workshop

“I’ve learned and been teaching about Torah as “black fire on white fire” for many years, but this was the first time I felt I could actually see what that might mean”

— Rabbi Joshua Breindel, Temple Anshei Emunim, Pittsfield, MA
in response to Light In the Darkness worksop
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