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Shiviti Drum Circle Pages

This non-denominational event is inclusive, participatory, joyous, relaxed and feature wonderful music, sacred Hebrew chant, prayerful experience, meaningful Torah teachings and are infused with traditional kavanah ("intention") and ancient spirituality. A Jewish drum circle allow individuals to deepen their individual Jewish spiritual explorations within a group experience. And it is fun on a Sunday afternoon.

Well over 10 yrs ago we began to host a Jewish Drum Circle. Maggid Al Goldberg, one of the two Creators / Facilitators, asked: "What would makes a drum circle Jewish?" It has to be something more than drummers wearing yarmulkes..... Chanting beautiful Hebrew mantras to enchanting good rhythms is a wonder combination combination, and does form the basis for our practice. Ken Monroe, the other Creators / Facilitator, is a certified drum facilitator, printer/designer/custom fabricator. Between the two of them, they designed and created several "Shivitis" (images to remind us of the divine name) with the words to the chants to use for the drum circle.

The ancient book "Sefer Yetzirah" describes three concepts that touch all of reality, Nefesh, Olam and Shanah - "Nefesh" means spirit, body or soul and is experienced through the Shivitis. "Olam" means world or space and is experienced by being a part of the unique circle that comes together at this moment in time. "Shanah" means year or, Shinui from the same root, means transformation and is experienced during the drumming, when time and no-time exist together (being in the zone). Kind of like Be Here Now.

Another way of describing The Shiviti Drum Circle is that it is a spiritual practice where we create a non-dual experience of YHVH. We are separate and unique and we are a whole. As we run and return from tasting non-duality, we hope to draw on this experience as we travel through life.

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