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Nefesh: A Soulful Experiment in Jewish Revival

Nefesh: A Soulful Experiment in Jewish Revival

Nefesh: A Soulful Experiment in Jewish Revival

Nafesh has breathed new life into Jewish communal devotional practice at one of the most storied synagogues in Los Angeles. Watch here:

Like many religions, Judaism faces a decline in participation in religious services in America. Attendance at Friday night services at Wilshire Boulevard Temple had dwindled to just a handful of congregants when Rabbi Susan Goldberg launched Nefesh, which she calls “a spiritual community within the community of Wilshire Boulevard Temple.” The soulful music and deeply embodied form of observance now attract scores of participants to Nefesh’s twice-monthly Shabbat service.