May 24 @ Solel 8 PM service
Falling Down and Rising Up: Prayer for
the Rollercoaster of Life
a songful exploration with Rabbi Miriam Margles
There are several moments in a Jewish prayer service in which
the community stands up. One of those moments comes just before
the shacharit Amidah on Shabbat mornings,
as we chant “Tzur Yisrael, Kuma.”
As we rise to our feet, we call on God to rise up (Kuma!) Moments later,
as we begin davenning the Amidah, the liturgy calls on God as “somech noflim”--
the One who upholds those who are falling. This Shabbat,
amid all this choreography and liturgical imagery, we will explore through song,
discussion and simple movements what spiritual meaning
we might find in falling down, being supported and rising up.
Rabbi Miriam Margles is an artist, educator and activist,
serving as the rabbi of the Danforth Jewish Circle in Toronto.
Her original compositions of Jewish liturgical music are sung by
communities throughout North American, Israel and Europe. Integrating
Jewish learning, community building and creative exploration in movement,
voice and writing, Rabbi Miriam has facilitated workshops with various populations,
including hospital patients, prison inmates,
groups of Jews and Palestinians, and adults and young people of all ages.
She creates an atmosphere of playful, attentive and open exploration for
non-artists and artists alike to explore inner landscapes, connection with others,
and the wider world. She is co-founder of Encounter (encounterprograms.org),
dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the Jewish people to be
constructive agents of change in transforming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
She is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and alumnus of the
Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Jerusalem Fellows at
the Mandel Leadership Institute.
Miriam earned a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from
Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in
creative writing from York University in Toronto.
Stay tuned for the release of her upcoming album!