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Pardes Levavot

Pardes Levavot, “Orchard of Hearts,” was formed in the spirit of creating conscious holy community. Our name expresses the spiritual blossoming of each individual heart within an inspiring and nurturing orchard.

For information on our congregation please call (303) 563-2110 and leave a message or send email to To join our congregation, please print a copy of our membership form, fill it out, and send it to our Synagogue.

Pardes Levavot gratefully acknowledges Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado for their support of our Circle of Family Education program. Thank you!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      
CONTACT:    Debra Kolodny, Executive Director, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
DATE:           March 30, 2011
Phone:         301-565-0719
Web site:

Dear All:

Below is the March 2011 ALEPH News Service. We hope you run the following articles and look forward to hearing from you if you do. This release contains:
1.    ALEPH Kallah Film Festival
2.    RUACH HA'ARETZ is Accepting Applications for 2-year Training Programs with Rabbi Diane Elliot and Rabbi Nadya Gross
3.    ALEPH CDEEP Director, Rabbi Shefa Gold in Boston, Colorado and Oregon
4.    ALEPH joins Pidyon Shvui’m Campaign to free Gilad Shalit

R Deb

ALEPH Kallah Film Festival

In addition to a fabulous line-up of classes, workshops, performances, art-making and more, the ALEPH Kallah will once again be showing films -- our own mini film festival!  
If you are a filmmaker or know of one, please send a DVD as soon as possible for review.  The absolute deadline for film submissions is May 1, 2011.  Films should be addressed to:

Sheri Levson
532 Laurel Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106

The package should also include:
A short synopsis of the film (100 word max)
A short bio of the filmmaker (40 word max)

If you would like your film returned to you after we screen it, you must include post-paid return packaging.  

For any questions, please contact:

RUACH HA'ARETZ is Accepting Applications for 2-year Training Programs with Rabbi Diane Elliot and Rabbi Nadya Gross

Don't find yourself looking for "what's next" after this summer's ALEPH Kallah! Make your plans now to deepen in your practice and learning with one of two Kallah teachers.

Rabbi Diane Elliot is offering a two-year Spiritual Movement Leadership training.  "Embodying Spirit, En-Spiriting Body" will begin in December 2011 in the beautiful Northern California Santa Cruz mountains. In a deeply nurturing residential retreat setting, Rabbi Diane Elliot and her co-teachers will gently and joyfully guide you from the depths of your own body’s cells to the farthest reaches of the cosmos. You will discover new freedom to dance your soul’s yearning and to move sacred text off the page. Opening our bodies as channels for drawing Divine shefa (flow) into the world through movement meditations, hands-on exercises, and ecstatic dancing, we will support one another in connecting to G~d with our whole beings. For information and to apply, go to:

Rabbi Nadya Gross is accepting applications for the third cohort of "Secrets My Grandmother Told Me: a wisdom school", beginning in November 2011. Here's what students in this program are saying:

Over the years I have studied with different teachers in different settings, but with the same intention: to bring into practice the spiritual growth and learning I have experienced in order to bring it from the head to the heart. What has been most remarkable, moving, inspiring and awesome about Reb Nadya is that the teachings expand and intensify over time after the end of the "official" teaching. Her gentle approach is magnificent in its subtlety. It was only after leaving the cocoon of the group that the magnitude and full beauty of the teaching fully unfolded for me. Each day I find more depth and connection to the teachings and I strive to bring the secrets to every action and interaction in my daily life–Deborah Oleshansky, Knoxville TN

These two years with Reb Nadya and the other travelers on the Kabbalistic path of relationship have been astounding. I knew that we would learn useful information from Jewish sources, explore the masculine and feminine attributes within each of us, and share healing meditations and practices. I wasn't disappointed. What came as a surprise was the profound effect our time had on my personal healing, both physically and with difficult relationships. The Wisdom School deepened my relationship with myself, my family, my students and my God. I am grateful to Reb Nadya for sharing her wisdom and to the others in the program for their continued, loving support.--Eshet Hazon, Rabbinic Pastor Matia Rania Angelou, Boston, Massachusetts

For information and to apply:

ALEPH CDEEP Director, Rabbi Shefa Gold in Boston, Colorado and Oregon

From April 14-17 Rabbi Shefa Gold will be leading the Boston Hebrew Chant Festival. It will consist of 5 events sponsored by 5 different communities in the Boston area. The weekend will help us do the inner preparation for our Journey to Freedom.

On Thursday evening she will teach a Pre-Passover workshop at Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, MA <>

Kabbalat Shabbat will be at Temple Israel in Natick <>

A Shabbat Morning Renewal Service will be at Shirat Hayam in Swamoscott. <>  

And on Saturday evening Bnai Or will host an Evening of Ecstatic Chant at The Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton <>

The final event of the Festival will be a workshop on Healing at Kerem Shalom in Concord <>

In Colorado, Rabbi Shefa will be leading a weekend workshop in Durango, during the Shabbat of Passover (April 22-24) The entire weekend will focus on the Song of Songs as a blueprint for transforming our Jewish path into a Path of Love. To register contact Susan at 970-779-0979 or

In May Rabbi Shefa Gold will be traveling in Oregon and teaching at five different communities.

From May 6-8, she'll lead a private retreat for The Chantlings of Portland. On May 10th Shefa will travel to Salem, Oregon to teach The Secrets of Chant at Temple Beth Shalom 503-362-5004 <> On May 11th she'll be in Eugene, Oregon at Temple Beth Israel 541-485-7218 <> to do a workshop on Torah Journeys. On May 12th Shefa will travel to Corvalis, Oregon where she will teach a workshop entitled The Path of Love at Beit Am 541-207-3118. Finally, May 13-15 Shefa will lead a Shabbaton at P’nai Or in Portland that will include a workshop on Gratefulness.

ALEPH joins Pidyon Shvui’m Campaign to free Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit was captured by Hamas in a cross border raid inside Israel in June 2006, and taken to Gaza where he remains in captivity. The Talmud teaches us that Pidyon Shvu’im— redeeming captives is a great mitzvah. Baba Batra 8b  According to the Rambam (Maimonides), there is no greater mitzvah than redeeming captives. Hilchot Matanot Aniyim 8:10

All who would like to support this Israeli initiated campaign can go to and click to email the following message to Prime Minister Netanyahu:

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu, Please take every step possible to negotiate the immediate release of Gilad Shalit and request visits of the Red Cross or other appropriate visitations from now until his release. B'chavod rav, (with deep respect)” (Your name will go here when you sign up on the website.)