Kol Hai is devoted to spiritual upliftment through music and prayer.
Based in a Jewish Renewal community in the Hudson Valley of New York, the essense of our offering is universal and available to all. Kol Hai's leaders create new melodies to ancient Hebrew and Aramaic prayers, infusing sacred spaces around the world with new inspiration. Our events and offerings are open to people of all faiths and backgrounds around the world who are drawn to the practice of Hebrew chanting and the wisdom of Jewish texts and spiritual practices.
Rabbi 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.
Shir Yaakov, his partner Emily, and their three daughters live in New York’s Hudson Valley, where they are helping to weave the Kol Hai community. Kol Hai’s Shabbat and Holiday 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. The music-filled, joyful experiences are held in and around New Paltz, NY and are open to all.
Shir Yaakov has recorded and released four albums of original music and co-founded and performs with The Darshan Project. His song “Broken-hearted” recently won the Jewish Daily Forward’s 2016 Soundtrack of Our Spirit songwriting contest.
Professionally, Shir Yaakov 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 at Hebrew College and the Academy for Jewish Religion-NY.
He was ordained in the Rabbinic and Spiritual Direction tracks of the ALEPH Ordination Program, a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and serves as a Spirit Holder on the Zen Peacemakers’ Bearing Witness Retreats in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
To learn more about Shir Yaakov and sample his music, visit shiryaakov.com.
Renee Finkelstein (a.k.a. Radharani) is an artist who weaves music, ritual, spiritual teachings, and practices to help people stay connected to their hearts and innate wisdom.
As vocalist and producer, she has performed with many well-known musicians in the realm of sacred music. These artists include Kirtan Rabbi, Wah!, Sirgun Kaur, and many others. She has produced two original albums, the latest of which, “Time to Wake Up”, topped billboard New Age charts
Renee is a Hebrew Priestess in training at the Kohenet Institute. Renee has a BA (cum laude) from Cornell University. She spent more than four years in India studying with great yogis and saints and traveling to some of the most remote pilgrimage places in the world.
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