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Embodied Judaism: The Sound of Ecstasy
Start Date: 10/17/2013Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Date: 10/17/2013End Time: 6:45 PM
Event Description:

CU’s Program in Jewish Studies, the Library Archives and Special Collections, the Department of Religious Studies and the College of Music are presenting "Embodied Judaism: The Sound of Ecstasy." The inaugural Embodied Judaism project, which includes a symposium and exhibit, highlights the life and work of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and his role in shaping Jewish Renewal, the newest movement in Judaism, examining it as a religion, social movement and philosophy of spiritual transformation in America from the late 1940s to the present. The free symposium that launches the series is open to CU Boulder faculty, staff , students and a limited number of guests. RSVPs are required and can be made via email to or calling the Program in Jewish Studies at 303.492.7143.  Location provided at the time the RSVP is confirmed. 

The Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Collection in the University Libraries Archives and Special Collections anchors the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Archive, a collaborative project between the Libraries and the Program in Jewish Studies.  Judaism is often considered a religion of the mind defined by the study and practice of Jewish law, but it also has rich traditions as a religion of the body, engaging sight, sounds, emotions and feelings of spirituality.  The Embodied Judaism series will use materials housed in the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Archive to trace the importance of the body and soul to contemporary Jewish practice by examining how new movements of Judaism, sparked by the thinking and practices of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, emphasize song, prayer, and movement alongside study, learning and law. "The Sound of Ecstasy," the first in the series, will focus on the importance of music to awaken the spiritual. 

The October 17 symposium brings together scholars, musicians and religious practioners to highlight the role music plays in Judaism. Tufts University's Rabbi and Professor Jeffrey Summit and CU College of Music and Program in Jewish Studies Professor Yonatan Malin will present scholarly work combining their diverse expertise in the area of Jewish music. Musician and CU Hebrew Lectuer, Eyal Rivlin, will be joined by Cantor Michelle Wolf and Joe Lukasik, who will accompany the presenters as they perform musical selections that illustrate the sounds of ecstasy.  Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and his wife, Eve Ilsen, will open the event. 

The exhibit, based on photographs, papers, audio recordings and artifacts located in the Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Collection, will be located on the southeast landing of the 2nd floor in the Norlin Libary.  It opens to the public on October 17.  Guided tours will be provided after the symposium until 6:30PM. The display features a historical depiction of Schachter-Shalomi's life and accomplishments including his role in the establishment of Jewish Renewal, the spiritual eldering movement, and his contributions to engaged interfaith dialogue. The exhibit will be up through 2014.

For more information, please visit or call 303.492.7143. 

Contact Information:
Name: Jamie Polliard
Phone: 303-492-7143
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
This event is open to
  • Everyone
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Graduate Students
  • Alumni
  • Of note:
    This event is limited and RSVPs are required. Please contact for additional information or to RSVP. Location for the event will be provided with RSVP.
    For tickets:
    A reception begins at 4:15PM with the symposium beginning at 4:30PM.

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