by the Forward

Shefa Gold

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal | Jimenez Springs, New Mexico | 60 years old

I completed a two-year chant leadership program called Kol Zimra with Rabbi Shefa Gold in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her unique style allowed me to connect with Hashem (God) and the divine essence within myself. Through repetition of sacred text, chanting took me to a place where I could reframe and recontextualize my life’s experiences so as to live a more balanced and rich life. Rabbi Gold’s ability to treat each student as an individual and want the best for them is a rare gift. Thanks to her, I have made chanting an ongoing part of my daily life and have shared it with others.

— Shelley Goldberg

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