Lev Eisha is a contemporary interpretation of the Shabbat morning service filled with singing, movement and meditation, especially designed to meet the needs of women and engage all. Rabbi Toba August and cantorial singer Cindy Paley lead services, accompanied by a cadre of musicians.
Our Shabbat service is designed to address the spiritual needs of women. We start with uplifting songs, many based on the psalms, to help bring us into the state of mind to be ready for the traditional prayers.
We have a nearly complete service (no Mussaf). Opening with songs of praise, we continue with Birchot HaShachar, the morning personal prayers; Pesukei D’Zimrah, songs of reverence; Shacharit, our central creed (the Shema and Amidah); the Torah service (including the Aleinu and the Mourner’s Kaddish); and finally our closing circle and kiddush.
"The feeling is just different here from other services. I think the women here feel like they can express themselves in ways that they don't when there are men around."− Robin
"This service gets my heart beating and my spirit up! "− Cindy
"I've met so many wonderful women here, women that have become truly great friends- women that I can count on."− Danielle
Lev Eisha incorporates a lot of singing and dancing! We are lifting our voices, making a joyful noise, and truly celebrating Shabbat. During the Torah service we’ll call whole groups to come up to the Torah. We do the required three readings, but don’t specifically follow the triennial cycle. If you’d like to be a Torah reader please contact us.
We use our own siddur, created specifically for Lev Eisha, which contains the songs and prayers, the Hebrew, English translation, and transliteration.
While Lev Eisha originated at a Conservative synagogue, Lev Eisha members and participants come from all affiliations: Reform, Renewal, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox. Our members represent the full spectrum of thought and practice.