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Shabbaton with Nava Tehila and Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan

Past Sessions
Sunday, January 19, 2020 22 Tevet 5780 - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Sanctuary
Saturday, January 18, 2020 21 Tevet 5780 - 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Sanctuary
Saturday, January 18, 2020 21 Tevet 5780 - 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Sanctuary
Friday, January 17, 2020 20 Tevet 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Sanctuary

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Who is Nava Tehila?   See video and description below.  The internationally acclaimed group has created much of the music we use in our services.

Friday, Jan 17, 7-9pm and Saturday Jan 18, 9:30-noon Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday eve) and Shacharit (Saturday Morning)

Join the leaders of Nava Tehila, Jerusalem, for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat and Shacahrit journey as we travel into the landscape of holiness and joy. Chanting Psalms and Shabbat prayers, with original melodies and guided intentions, we will connect to the spirit and allow it to fill our hearts, uplift our souls and welcome the Shabbat.  Saturday's service will be followed by an optional lunch.


Saturday, Jan 18, 4:30-6:30pm (followed by Havdalah) and Sunday Jan 19, 9:30-11:30am Teachings on Ana B'khoach with Rabbi Ruth - Kabbalistic Secrets of Ascent

Ana B'Khoach is a beautiful ancient mystical chant that encodes the mysterious 42-letter name of God. It symbolizes our spiritual journey in times of transition and of being in liminal spaces. Ana B’Khoach offers us deep insights into the nature of reality and a wealth of mystical practices ranging from simple ones for everyday use, to advanced ones for those who are further on along the mystical path. Come and taste, through texts, imagery, chanting and inner attunement how to invite Ana B`khoach to be a part of your own ascent

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Nava Tehila is the Jewish renewal congregation of Jerusalem.  The group grew out of a Jewish Renewal Jerusalem community by the same name, founded by Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan, which experiments with new ideas for enlivening prayer and Jewish ritual.

One of their main foci is creating musical, engaging prayer spaces where people feel comfortable to come as they are. Nava Tehila’s musical spiritual leaders generate new prayer modalities, compose new music for prayer and train Jewish leaders, including rabbis, cantors and students, in the art of musical and innovative prayer leading. They travel to communities throughout the Jewish world in Israel, the US and Europe to lead musical prayer, concerts and workshops and to share their unique approach that has proven to be successful in drawing people from all backgrounds into Jewish prayer and Yiddishkeit.


Nava Tehila has produced three albums of music for Shabbat and High Holiday prayers, and run a resource website that offers prayer leaders free access to sheet music and recordings of our new material through Google Drive. Find out more and listen at


Nava Tehila Leaders:

Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan is founder and spiritual leader of Nava Tehila. A dynamic and innovative teacher of Torah, Ruth teaches Kabbala and Hassidut in Israel, internationally and online, and is a co-author, with Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi of the Hebrew book Jewish Renewal - Integrating Heart and World. Ruth serves as a mentor and spiritual director for rabbinical students from all denominations and is a faculty member of three rabbinic seminaries, including Aleph. Ruth and her family lived in Boulder in in years 2001-2003 to study with Reb Zalman, and she is very happy to have the opportunity to share her Nava Tehila Jerusalem gifts with the community.

Daphna Rosenberg is a singer, guitarist and a main prayer leader at Nava Tehila. She composes new music to prayers and to poetry. Daphna specializes in musically leading life cycle ceremonies and is active in the area of spiritual care for the ill and dying and in creating heart-to-heart connections between people from different cultures and traditions. Daphna is now involved in leading and organizing Jewish meditation retreats with “Or Halev” in Israel.

Yoel Sykes is a main prayer leader in Nava Tehila and has composed dozens of new melodies to prayers, influenced by a variety of musical cultures. Yoel is a master of improvisation and an extraordinary vocal soloist and guitar player. Yoel studied music at the Center for Eastern Music in Jerusalem and Flamenco guitar in the Fundacion de Christina Heeren school of Flamenco Arts in Seville, Spain. Yoel has recently moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue rabbinical studies with ALEPH.

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