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"The Sound of Ecstasy" explores the role of music in Jewish Renewal Oct. 17

October 8, 2013

"The Sound of Ecstasy" at CU-Boulder Oct. 17

Scholars, musicians and religious practitioners will gather to highlight and explore the role of music in Judaism in “Embodied Judaism: The Sound of Ecstasy,” a day-long symposium on Oct. 17 on the CU-Boulder campus. 

The program will feature presentations by Rabbi Jeffrey Summit of Tufts University and Associate Professor of Music Theory Yonatan Malin, on their work in the area of Jewish music. There also will be musical presentations from Eyal Rivlin, lecturer in Hebrew at CU, and cantors Michelle Wolf and Joe Lukasik. 

Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi and his wife, Even Ilsen, will open the event. Schacter-Shalomi is regarded as the founder of the Jewish Renewal, a social and religious movement that began in the 1940s that “reinvigorates modern Judaism with mystical teachings and contemplative practices influended by Hasidism.” He served as the Wisdom Chair at Naropa University from 1995 to 2004 and has worked with the Dalai Lama, the Catholic monk Thomas Merton, Sufi leader Pir Vilayat Khan and many others in the kind of interfaith dialogue he calls “deep ecumenism.” 

“Embodied Judaism” is series of events that used materials from the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Archive at the CU library to “trace the importance of body and soul to contemporary Jewish practice by examining how new movements of Judaism, sparked by the thinking and practices of … Schacter-Shalomi, emphasize song, prayer and movement alongside study, learning and law,” according to a release from the Program in Jewish Studies. “The Sound of Ecstasy” is the first in the series.

The program is co-sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, the CU-Boulder Libraries Archives and Special Collections, the Department of Religious Studies and the College of Music. 

“Embodied Judaism: The Sound of Ecstasy”

When: 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17

Where: Location will be provided upon RSVP

Tickets: Free, RSVP required. RSVP to or 303-492-7143.

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