Tradition & Innovation

Song-filled Poetry Reading with Rabbi Mónica Gomery

rectangular image of music song sheet with a red cut-out heart sitting on top, and headshot of Rabbi  Mónica Gomery

Hosted by Hila Ratzabi & Adva Chattler
July 21st, 7–8pm EDT

In Hebrew, a poem and a melody are both called shirah. Join R’ Mónica Gomery for an evening of poetry and song. We’ll hear from her new work, which explores queerness, diaspora, ancestry, theology, and cultivating courageous hearts. Alongside poems, we’ll feel our way into wordless melodies, drawing on the shared resonance of both modalities. We will then enjoy an open mic by members of ADVOT @ Ritualwell, a new cohort of liturgists, poets and ritual creators. 

This event is free and open to all. It will take place on Zoom and be recorded and made available to registrants later.

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Mónica Gomery is a rabbi and poet. Her work explores queerness, diaspora, ancestry, theology, and cultivating courageous hearts. Her second poetry collection, Might Kindred, won the 2021 Prairie Schooner Raz-Shumaker Book Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press, fall 2022. She is the author of the poetry collection Here is the Night and the Night on the Road and the chapbook Of Darkness and Tumbling. Mónica serves as a rabbi at Kol Tzedek Synagogue and on the faculty of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva and is also a co-founder of Let My People Sing!

ADVOT @ Ritualwell is an online creative community of ritual innovators, poets and liturgists who meet regularly to share work and support and empower each other to create and innovate Jewish ritual, poetry and liturgy. Launched in 2021, ADVOT means “ripples” in Hebrew. RIPL (pronounced “ripple”) is the acronym of “Ritual Innovators, Poets, Liturgists.”

Thank you to Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah for supporting ADVOT.

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