In Kol D’Mamah, we use a mixture of chant, meditation, and/or a contemplative teaching based on the weekly Torah portion, loosely structured to follow the order of the traditional service: Praise – Call to Prayer – Sh’ma – Silent Meditation – Torah – Closing.
Chants are drawn from the liturgy and typically repeat one or more phrases to traditional or contemporary melodies. Chant leaders offer both a transliteration and translation of the Hebrew. The leader and the group may chant together, or the chant may follow a call-and-response pattern. Wind and percussion instruments may accompany the chanting. Feel free to join the supportive percussion with clapping or movement, if you are so inclined. A period of silence follows each chant, which allows the group to absorb the chant and “listen to the silence.” Meditative/contemplative practices may be drawn from Jewish traditions or adapted from other spiritual traditions by using Jewish language, metaphors and symbols. Breath- or body-centered meditations require no “translation.” Because we have different leaders for each service, every session differs in emphasis and style. We encourage you to try several services to widen your experience of encountering the sacred in community.