Avodat Lev (Heart Work) is a contemplative chant-based practice based on one of the three Jewish services to honor the passing of the day. We will follow the core structure of the evening/Maariv service. Our avodah/service will include Hebrew and English chanting, guided meditation and meditative silence. The practice is meant to guide us in greeting the morning and cultivate connection. Avodat Lev was initially crafted by Adamah housed at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center.
As the seasons slow, this is a time for us to come together with intention as a community.
No experience/familiarity with any sort of prayer or liturgy necessary.
ABOUT YOUR FACILITATOR
Simcha Halpert-Hanson (they/them) is a teacher, song facilitator, drummer, and ritual leader. Simcha has led tefillah workshops, klaf (holy parchment) production workshops, text study and facilitated rhythmic and songful prayer experiences in many communities across the Northeast. They're the founder of Avodas Lev Northampton and co-founder of Nishmat Shoom, TransHallel, and Queer Jewish Farmers. Simcha is currently in their second year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College.