Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Gardening in the Soil of the Heart with Rabbi Shefa Gold

May 24, 2020, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Gardening in the Soil of the Heart with Rabbi Shefa Gold

Register HERE.

During the season of planting and cultivation, we can find within us a fertile garden and consciously grow the qualities to best serve us in facing the challenges of our time and realizing our true essence. In the Jewish tradition, these qualities are called middot.

Through chant, self-examination, conversation, prayer, and imagery, Rabbi Shefa Gold will guide participants on a path of intention that explores the qualities of gratefulness, courage, compassion, and joy. You learn how to cultivate the middot you need to live a holy life and plant a precious seed in the soil of your heart, so you can face obstacles, inspire growth, and nurture your Divine potential.

Attendees are asked to attend all four sessions, which build one on the other.  Please plan to log in to Zoom 10 minutes early to each session so we can begin on time.  Please read the class packet in advance;  you may also wish to familiarize yourself with the chants by visiting Rabbi Shefa’s website.

The class will meet on Zoom during 4 Sundays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on May 24th, May 31st, June 7th and June 14th.

Please register by Thursday, May 21st in order to receive the Zoom link and the class packets. Please plan to participate in all four sessions.


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, New Mexico. Shefa composes and performs spiritual music.  She has produced ten albums and her liturgies have been published in several new prayer-books. She teaches workshops and retreats on the theory and art of Chanting, Devotional Healing, Spiritual Community Building, and Meditation.  Shefa has trained 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, and the author of four books.  Recently named “One of the 33 Most Inspiring Rabbis in America” by the Jewish Forward, Shefa’s new project is called SOULIFT, a one week immersion in spiritual practice designed to lift us into the Soul perspective. 

This workshop is sponsored by Ruth Anne Faust in memory of her parents, Natalie Werner and Barney Gottstein, z”l. 

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4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) & George Mason Dr.
Arlington, VA 22204
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