Morning Chanting & Meditation Service
Thursdays, 8:00am – 8:45am
with Zvi Bellin and Jen Roitman
Start your day with chanting, meditation, and a little Torah wisdom.
Join a warm and welcoming group as we focus our attention on gratitude and connection, chanting the essence of the morning prayers. We make space for silent reflection, allowing each of us to meditate on the profound blessings of the new day. To support the needs of our community, our service will include the Mourners Kaddish. As it is traditional to read Torah on Thursdays, we open to a phrase from the week’s parsha (Torah portion), sharing whatever thought or insight it reveals. All are welcome as no specific experience with prayer, meditation, chanting, or Hebrew is needed to join our circle.
Jen experienced the power of chanting and meditation at a contemplative Rosh Hashanah service led by Rabbi Jonathan Omer-man and has been practicing Jewish and Vipassana meditation for more than 18 years. She is a graduate of Rabbi Shefa Gold’s Kol Zimra Chant Leader Training, and The Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Program.
For Jen, the combination of chant and silence is particularly powerful. In her experience chanting helps the meditation go deeper, and she loves how when we do this in community, it helps us to open our hearts, connect with each other and access those more transformational places.
Zvi is a Jewish educator and contemplative teacher in the Bay Area. He started practicing Jewish meditation and chanting at Elat Chayyim in Accord, NY in 2000. That summer, he met and practiced with Rabbi Shefa Gold. He continues to learn from his current meditation teachers, Rabbi Jeff Roth and Sylvia Boorstein
For Zvi, the reward of being part of the Thursday morning session at Chochmat is getting to know people through this practice of communal prayer and accessing Torah wisdom in a format that is more open and equitable than what many associate with a traditional synagogue minyan. He is committed to cultivating a safe community where all participants may open their hearts to see and be seen as part of the Divine unfolding.