Rabbi Cantor Lisa Levine
Rabbinic Pastor Cantor Lisa Levine is a renowned composer, recording artist, author, poet and worship artist.
“Lisa began playing guitar at the age of 8 in her home town of Bakersfield California. She was influenced by the Reform Jewish Youth Movement and was NFTY Song leader where she was mentored and inspired by Debbie Friedman. Reb Lisa earned her B.A. in Music from the University of California, Irvine, where she was a featured soloist on three International tours. She spent her Junior Year Abroad and studied at Hebrew University and the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Opera Workshop. Lisa went on to study at Hebrew Union College-JIR DFSSM in New York and was Ordained with a Masters in Sacred Music in 1989.
Lisa served in various communities around the country as a full-time Reform cantor for 30 years and received her Doctorate in Sacred Music after 25 years of service to the Jewish people in 2014. She has built bridges between people of all faiths and cultures with her Jewish Gospel style songs. Her catalogue includes 9 CDs, 5 songbooks, hundreds of original compositions and the book/CD/DVD “Yoga Shalom.” Her choral series is published by Transcontinental Music Publications and her songs are featured in over a dozen compilations! Her poems appear in multiple publications, including the WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism) Torah Commentary, WRJ Centennial Books and GMUH Lombardy Voices Poetry Journals. Her most recent CD, “Bridge To Peace,” is inspired by her work in chaplaincy and Jewish Renewal.
In January 2018 Lisa was Ordained as Rabbinic Pastor from Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Lisa serves as a Jewish Social Service Agency chaplain in Montgomery County MD and is proud to serve as the Religious Leader of Seaside Jewish Community in Rehoboth, Delaware. She also shares her music and Yoga Shalom practice in National Conferences and in communities around the world.
Lisa shares her life with husband Andy and children Emily and Louis.”
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What is Yoga Shalom?
Yoga Shalom is a unique worship experience that brings together body, mind, and spirit for an extraordinary prayer service. Combining the two powerful spiritual disciplines of Jewish worship and yoga practice, Yoga Shalom leads to deeper understandings of both, or as author Lisa Levine describes the experience, “I learned to be more present in my prayers and meditations so I could better pray with and on behalf of my congregation.” As an alternative to a traditional prayer service, Yoga Shalom can engage and unite your community. Whether you have no yoga experience or have been practicing for years, and regardless of your age or abilities, Yoga Shalom will help you relax your body, calm your mind, and nurture your spirit. Yoga Shalom brings Jewish worship into focus with it’s connection to yoga in the context of the service.