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Pardes Levavot

Pardes Levavot, “Orchard of Hearts,” was formed in the spirit of creating conscious holy community. Our name expresses the spiritual blossoming of each individual heart within an inspiring and nurturing orchard.

For information on our congregation please call (303) 563-2110 and leave a message or send email to To join our congregation, please print a copy of our membership form, fill it out, and send it to our Synagogue.

Pardes Levavot gratefully acknowledges Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado for their support of our Circle of Family Education program. Thank you!

Friday Night Revived!

Finally, the long awaited liturgical release from one of most fun contemporary Jewish composers, Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael. Friday Night Revived! based on the Kabbalat Shabbat service, is chock full of uplifting musical renditions in Hebrew and English. The music ranges from country to blues, to chanting and even gospel. The G-d language pays homage to Lord as well as celebrates Shechinah.

The title song "Moving into Shabbos" will ease your transition to the week. The country western and revival numbers – "Shiru" and "Gonna Pray" – will have you clapping along. The pulsating chants – "Evenings" and "Circle of Love" – will trance you out. Written in memory of her father, Reb Rayzel has even transformed the Kaddish. There is something for everyone.

Although Reb Rayzel belts out the lead vocals, she is joined by a wide array of friends backing her up with rich harmonies and arrangements. Her MIRAJ sisters, Juliet Spitzer and Rabbi Margot Stein, added their melodic voices on numerous selections; Shabbat Unplugged member Rabbi Shawn Zevit adds vocals and the sounds of the forest on Psalm 96; Judah Prince lends songwriting ability and authentic dulcimer to complete Ufros Aleynu; Rabbi Jack Gabriel slides in to add vibe on the Priestly blessing; Yofiah enhances the "Circle of Love" with her trills; Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan and Frank Kohn embellish the Kaddish; Leah Weisman and Cantor Naomi Hirsch chime in on Aleynu. It really seems the community is singing along!!

This is certainly the recording to put on while cooking for Shabbos or when you are just too tired to get to shul. It pushes the edge of Jewish music fusion. As well, the English poetic renderings are great for the non-Hebrew speaking crowd. It will revive any community with its melodies – just like the title promises. Put it on and don't expect to sit still. One thing for sure – you won't be bored!

To order this great recording: send $18 each, 2 for $30 (which includes postage) to:

Reb Rayzel Raphael
1211 Ansley Ave
Melrose Park Pa 19027

Reb Geela Rayzel Raphael brings a Southern twist to her rabbinate. Originally from Tennessee, Reb Rayzel brings the soul of the South into her service leadin'. She is a Reconstructionist Rabbi with Renewal inclinations. She sings, composes and plays her drum whenever she can.

This is Geela Rayzel's second solo recording – Bible Babe and Beltin' was released in 1996. Counting Angels in the Wilderness and A Moon Note were released with MIRAJ. Reb Rayzel is a pulpit rabbi in Woodbury New Jersey (near Philly), works at JFCS, is a freelance teacher, and ritual maker and is guided by her angels in service to Shechinah. To reach her, visit her web site: