Kol Ḥai is an emerging, Hudson Valley Jewish Renewal spiritual community.
Kol Ḥai means “all life.”
Our music-filled, joyful Shabbat and holiday experiences are held in New Paltz, NY and are open to all. Our intention is to connect with the unique vitality within ourselves, each other, and our world.
...you don’t have to be Jewish to love what [Kol Ḥai is] doing — nor, indeed to come participate in the services and learn about the deep meanings of the ancient Hebrew mystical tradition and how group practice, facilitated by song, can foster what Feit calls “transformative spirituality.”
...[the] goal is for participants of any background to experience Kol Hai services as an “opportunity for intimacy” through “simple acts and simple devotions” that will “open the heart and relax the body.”
“Music is the core of what we’re offering,” in Feit’s words. “Chanting Hebrew helps us feel deeply connected. Melody can facilitate memory and mystery…”
Kol Ḥai is led by Shir Yaakov Feit
Shir Yaakov engages Jewish, multi-faith, and non-affiliated people around the world, building spiritual communities, facilitating and inspiring communal music, and helping people connect with their inner wisdom and truth. He works in formal and informal educational settings as a spiritual leader, teacher, and musician.
Kol Ḥai's gatherings draw upon Shir Yaakov's extensive experience as a musician, and reflect his unique ability to blend ancient and emerging wisdom to create a spiritual cultural Judaism that is contemporary, alive, and innovative.
Shir Yaakov has recorded and released four albums of original music and performs with The Epichorus and Darshan. He has served as Creative and Music Director for Romemu, New York City's largest Renewal synagogue; Director of Engagement at ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal; ritual consultant for Eden Village Camp; and, visiting faculty for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Academy for Jewish Religion. He is a member of the Zen Peacemaker Order, and is training with Roshi Bernie Glassman's Zen Peacemakers to bear witness and more fully enter the stream of socially engaged spirituality.
As a spiritual leader, Shir Yaakov facilitates ritual in a variety of contexts — from Chabad houses and multifaith gatherings to LGBTQ and permaculture communities. He serves as a lifecycle officiant for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, funerals and other transitions. He also offers workshops, teaches meditation, leads retreats and facilitates contact with nature.
To learn more about Shir Yaakov and sample his music, visit shiryaakov.com.