Article on Chanting & Chocolate in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
Chanting & Chocolate Ottawa musicians at Temple Israel July 31, 2017. Photo by Sylvia Klein
You are invited to join us for the monthly sacred music event Chanting & Chocolate. In Vancouver, it is Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 at Or Shalom, 710 East 10th Ave. – this month with C&C founder Lorne Mallin. In Ottawa, there is no September chant. Next is Sunday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 at Or Haneshamah at the Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary, off Richmond. After the chanting we'll enjoy tea and homebaked, triple-chocolate brownies.
Rabbi Liz Bolton will be leading Chanting & Chocolate at Or Haneshamah in Ottawa. Chanting & Chocolate features a wonderful band in both cities. $10 suggested donation. All proceeds help five Ugandan orphans go to school.
Join us for uplifting, sacred chanting that helps clear your mind and open your heart. No prior knowledge of singing, chanting or Hebrew language is required. Lyric sheets are provided.
In Vancouver, we gather on the last Sunday of the month; in Ottawa, it's now the fourth Sunday.
We are dedicated to offering sacred Hebrew chanting as a form of meditation and ecstatic prayer on the path of the heart. We share our music in the service of inspiration, devotion and community building. Drawing on the power of repeating ancient sacred phrases with beautiful melodies and deep intention, we create an experiential connection to the One.
The practice of chanting is a vehicle for prayer, healing and connection. The most powerful moment of the chant happens in the silence that follows. The chant inclines the mind toward a state of consciousness that can be accessed in that moment after the chant. Lorne's teacher, Rabbi Shefa Gold, says that we can "enter through the door of a chant into the depths and vast expanse of the silence."