Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Appearances

Upcoming in 2022

Jan. 27: Book Talk and Reading, This Precious Life, Birkat Shalom, Kibbutz Gezer, Israel

Feb. 18 – Apr. 3: Scholar-in-Residence, United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis, MO

Feb. 22: “Writing from Single Words of Torah,” Ritualwell Learning Network via Zoom, register here

March 4-6: Liturgist-in-Residence, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC

March 8, 15, 29, April 5, 2022: “Subversive Seder: Writing Prayers from the Haggadah,” Ritualwell Learning Network via Zoom, register here

March 18-20: Liturgist-in-Residence, Congregation M’kor Shalom, Cherry Hill, NJ

March 29: Speaker, “Subversive Seder,” DOROT via Zoom

April 7: Book Talk and Reading, This Precious Life, Congregation Bnai Zion, El Paso, TX

April 29-30: Liturgist-in-Residence, Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor, MI

Upcoming in 2023

June 2-4 (Tentative): Liturgist-in-Residence, Temple Sinai, Roslyn, NY

Previous Appearances

2021

Dec. 12: “Creating Worlds with Words: Poetry and Prayer with Alden Solovy,” Temple Emanuel of Andover, MA, via zoom

Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 23: “Ingredients of a Prayer Writing Practice,” Ritualwell Learning Network via Zoom

Oct. 19: “Writing Poetic Midrash from Book of Genesis,” Ritualwell Learning Network via Zoom

Aug. 2, 15, 29, and Sept. 12: Scholar, “Mysteries of the Machzor,” Temple Beth Abraham, Tarrytown, NY, Zoom learning

July 28: Scholar, Congregation Beth Tikvah, Worthington, OH

July 28: “Siddur: A Moveable Feast,” Summer of NewCAJE 2021 on Zoom

July 25-26: Liturgist-in-Residence, Temple Beth Or, Dayton, Ohio

July 23-24: Liturgist-in-Residence, Adath Israel Congregation, Cincinnati, Ohio

July 19: “Creating Poetic Midrash,” Summer of NewCAJE 2021 on Zoom

July 13: “Six-Word Lyrics,” Jewish Songwriting Cooperative Retreat on Zoom

June 23, 30, July 7, 14 and August 18: “Gates of Awe: Writing New High Holiday Liturgy,” a weekly Ritualwell Learning Network via Zoom

May 2: Scholar, “Standing at Sinai: Inheriting Redemption,” Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor, MI, via Zoom

Apr. 11: Scholar, “Three Practices of Gratitude: A Path to Personal Redemption,” Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor, MI, via Zoom

Mar. 20: Scholar, “Next Year in Jerusalem: The Seder as a Rehearsal for Redemption,” United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis, MO, via Zoom

Mar. 17: Scholar, “Healing Words at a Time of Loss,” Central Conference of American Rabbis Convention, via Zoom

Mar. 14: Scholar, “Next Year in Jerusalem: The Seder as a Rehearsal for Redemption,” Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor, MI, via Zoom

Mar. 11: Invited Reader, Ritualwell Zoom Gathering, “Refuah Shleimah: A Healing Ritual Marking a Year of Pandemic,” debuting the new song and liturgy “Hallel in a Minor Key”

Feb. 28 – March 21: Scholar, “Treasures of T’fillah,” Congregation Beth Tikvah, Worthington, OH, weekly Zoom learning

Feb. 11: Scholar/Educator, “The Making of a Liturgist,” Reform Temple of Rockland, NY, via Zoom

Jan. 17: Scholar/Educator, “The Making of a Liturgist,” Agudas Achim Congregation, Coralville, IA, via Zoom

Jan. 15: Guest, Seekers of Meaning, Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast 

Jan. 10: International Book Launch for This Precious Life: Encountering the Divine with Poetry and Prayer, hosted on Zoom by the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which can be viewed here. Additional readings celebrating this launch of This Precious Life: Encountering the Divine with Poetry and Prayer via zoom:

  • Jan. 11, Temple Sinai, Roslyn, NY
  • Jan. 14, Beth Israel, San Diego
  • Jan. 16, Northwood and Piner Liberal Congregation, London, UK
  • Jan. 17, United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis
  • Jan. 21, Kehillat Yedidya, Jerusalem
  • Jan. 27, Congregation Beth El, Bangor, ME
  • Jan. 30, Congregation Kol Ami, Los Angeles
  • Feb. 6, Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Feb. 8, Congregation Beth Tikvah, Worthington, OH
  • Feb. 14, Beth Emet, Evanston, IL
  • Feb. 22, Book Club, Temple Sinai, Atlanta
  • Mar. 13, Temple Emanuel, Denver

Jan. 4: “Writing for Resilience,” Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Winter Learning Intensive via Zoom

Jan. 3: “Songs of Hope and Triumph,” Zoom teaching and workshop for Congregation B’nai Israel, Bridgeport, CT

2021 Spring Semester: Liturgist-in-Residence, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

2021 Spring Semester: Visiting Instructor, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, teaching in the “T’fillah in Practice” course for first year rabbinic and cantorial students via Zoom

2020

Dec. 22, Faculty Panel on T’fillah, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem via Zoom

Nov. 9 – Dec. 21, Scholar/Educator, “Holy Words for Troubled Times: Masterclass in Liturgical Poetry,” presented by Ritualwell on Zoom

Oct. 29: Presenter, “Cheshvan as a Sacred Pause,” Central Conference of American Rabbis series via Zoom

Oct. 20: Presenter, “#HeshbonCheshvan,” Rabbinical Assembly conference via Zoom

Sept. 29: Yom Kippur Scholar, United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis, via Zoom

Sept. 19: Inspirational Prayer for Rosh Hashanah, Beth Emet, Evanston, IL, via recorded video

2020 Fall Semester: Liturgist-in-Residence, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

Aug. 30: Presenter, “An Evening of Poetry and Music,” Kehilat Yedidya, Jerusalem, Israel

Aug. 27 – Sept. 17: Scholar, “Mysteries of the Machzor,” Temple Beth Tikvah, Atlanta, and Congregation Dor Tamid, Johns Creek, GA, weekly Zoom learning

Aug. 26: Scholar, “Authentic Confessions: Selichot that Matter,” presented by the soon to be launched ‘High Holidays at Home’ by Hagaddot.com, via Zoom

Aug. 25 – Sept. 15: Scholar, “Mysteries of the Machzor,” Temple Shaaray Tefila, New York City, weekly Zoom learning

Aug. 25 – Sept. 15: Scholar, “Mysteries of the Machzor,” United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis, weekly Zoom learning

Aug. 24: Liturgist-in-Residence, “Vidui: A Spiritual Examination of the Text,” Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, via Zoom

Aug. 23 – Sept. 13: Scholar, “Mysteries of the Machzor,” Congregation Beth Tikvah, Worthington, Ohio weekly Zoom learning

Aug. 22: Shabbat Scholar, “Kol Nidre and Vidui,” Temple Am Echad, Lynbrook, NY, via Zoom

Aug. 20 – Sept. 10: Scholar, “Mysteries of the Machzor,” Beth Israel, San Diego, weekly Zoom learning

Aug. 17: Liturgist-in-Residence, “Un’taneh Tokef: A Spiritual Examination of the Text,” Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, via Zoom

Aug. 10: “In Conversation with Rabbi Joel Mosbacher,” Temple Shaaray Tefila, New York City, via Zoom

Aug. 3: “My Prayer in Elul,” Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor, MI, via Zoom

June 14: Scholar, “The Books Called Siddur,” Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood, Ca., via Zoom

June 2 – 23: Scholar, “Writing from Sacred Text,” a weekly Ritualwell Learning Network via Zoom

May 31: Featured Poet, “A Harvest of Words: A Post-Shavuot Poetry Reading” hosted by Ritualwell on Zoom

May 28: Shavuot Scholar, Beth Emet-The Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL, via Zoom

May 14: Scholar, “Mi Sheberach Workshop,” Central Conference of American Rabbis educational series via Zoom

April 27: Scholar, “Remembering as an Act of Prayer: A Writing Workshop for Yom Ha’atzmaut,” Ritualwell Learning Network via Zoom

April 22 – May 13: Scholar, “Treasures of T’fillah,” United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis, weekly Zoom learning

2020 Spring Semester: Liturgist-in-Residence, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, teaching “Writing as a Spiritual Practice”

April 12: Scholar, “Prayer as Deepest Desire: Writing in a Time of Pandemic,” Gamliel Institute, (via Zoom)

April 3: Scholar, “Vayikra: A Drash of Prayers,” Temple Beth-El, Munster, Indiana (pre-recorded)

April 2: Speaker, “Love, Isolation, Our Beit Midrash and a Quirk of Calendars,” Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem (via Zoom)

April 1: Scholar, “Part II: Prayer as a Deepest Desire Workshop,” Gamliel Institute (via Zoom)

April 1: Scholar, “Your Passover Prayer: Giving Voice to Isolation, Quarantine, Freedom and Liberation,” Ritualwell Learning Network, online education (via Zoom)

March 30: “Writing a Personal Passover Prayer,” online session for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem (via Zoom)

March 29: Liturgist-in-Residence, Ritual Practices Committee Workshop, Temple Beth-El, Munster, Indiana (via Zoom) 

March 27: “Virtual Insights,” a set of Pre-Recorded Prayers Meditations and a Drash, for Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego, CA (pre-recorded)

March 25: Scholar, “Part I: Prayer as a Deepest Desire Workshop,” Gamliel Institute (via Zoom)

March 22: “Shavua Tov Live!” a poetry reading hosted by Ritualwell (via Zoom)

Feb. 26: “Writing about Prayer: A Spiritual Practice Experience,” guest teacher in Rav Mike Feuer’s class “Rav Kook: Song of the Soul,” Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

Feb. 19: “A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings,” session for rabbis and rabbinic students, Leo Baeck College, London, UK

Feb. 18: “A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings,” Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, London, UK

2019

Dec. 14: Shabbat Scholar, “A Saxophone in an Enchanted Forest,” co-presented with Rabbi Karyn Kedar, URJ Biennial

Dec. 12: Book Signing with CCAR Press, URJ Biennial

Dec. 11: Book Launch Party with CCAR Press, URJ Biennial

Dec. 11: Service Leader/Reader, URJ Biennial, Ma’ariv service

Dec. 11-15: URJ Biennial, participant

2019 Fall Semester: Liturgist-in-Residence, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, teaching “Introduction to Creative Liturgy”

July 8 – Aug. 5: Scholar, Ritualwell Learning Network, online education series, teaching “Ingredients of a Prayer Writing Practice”

Apr. 7-9: Liturgist-in-Residence, Atlanta Rabbinical Association Conference

Mar. 31-Apr. 3: Invited Presenter, CCAR Convention, Cincinnati

Mar. 29 – Liturgist-in-Residence, Rockdale Temple, Cincinnati

Mar. 19: Scholar-in-Residence, Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego, CA

Mar. 15: Book celebration, Kol Ami, Los Angeles

Mar. 10-11: Invited Speaker, Hallel v’Zimra: Jewish Liturgical Music, Present and Future, Chicago

Mar. 9: Scholar-in-Residence, Sisters of St. Joseph Chapter Assembly, Springfield, Mass.

Mar. 8: Liturgist-in-Residence, Sinai Temple, Springfield, Mass.

Mar. 5-7: Liturgist-in-Residence, Hebrew Senior Life, Greater Boston

Jan. 11: Shabbat Evening Poet-in-Residence, B’nai Joshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield, IL

2018

Sagarin Testimonial

Dec. 7-8: Liturgist-in-Residence, Rodef Shalom and Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha, Pittsburgh, PA

Oct. 31: “Praying with Our Pens: Introduction to Creative Liturgy,” Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

Oct. 16 – Nov. 20: Scholar, Ritualwell Learning Network, online education series, teaching “Ingredients of a Prayer Writing Practice”

Oct. 14 – Nov. 11: Visiting Instructor, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem, teaching “Introduction to Creative Liturgy”

Sept. 30: Residency in the Millstone Religious School, St. Louis

Sept. 28-29: Liturgist-in-Residence, United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis

Sept. 27: Private Reading and Conversation, Jewish Clergy of St. Louis Area

Sept. 12, Private Reading, Jerusalem, Israel

May 14: Leo Baeck College, London, UK

Apr. 30-May 1: Liturgist-in-Residence, Temple Beth El, Las Cruces, NM

Apr. 28: Liturgist-in-Residence, Isaiah, Layfette, CA

Apr. 27: Liturgist-in-Residence, Beth Emek Pleasanton, CA

Apr. 25: “Six-Word Siddur,” Temple Beth Tikvah, Fullerton, CA

Apr. 22: Liturgist-in-Residence, Temple Beth Hillel, Valley Village, CA

Apr. 20: Liturgist-in-Residence, Congregation Kol Ami, Los Angeles

Apr. 18: “The Art and Act of Prayer,” Congregation Or Ami, Calabasas, CA

Apr. 14-15: “An Israeli Life” & “Liturgical Chevruta,” Limmud Vancouver

Apr. 12-14: Liturgist-in-Residence, Temple Shalom, Vancouver

Mar. 21: “Six-Word Siddur: Finding Essential Prayers,” CCAR Annual Convention, Irvine, CA

Mar. 19: “Prayer as ‘Deepest Desire’: A Spiritual Chevruta,” CCAR Annual Convention, Irvine, CA

2017

Dec. 15-17: Shabbat Hanukkah Liturgist-in-Residence, Temple Sinai, Sarasota, FL

Dec. 7: Service Leader, URJ Biennial, afternoon/evening service

Dec. 6-10: URJ Biennial, participant

Sept. 25: “The Art and the Act of Prayer,” Shaaray Tefillah, New York

Sept. 24: “The Art and the Act of Prayer,” Vassar Temple, Poughkeepsie, NY

Sept. 20-23: Rosh Hashanah Liturgist-in-Residence, Congregation Rodef Shalom, Pittsburgh, PA

Sept. 15-17: Slichot Liturgist-in-Residence, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia

Sept. 14: “The Art and the Act of Prayer,” Congregation Sukkat Shalom, Wilmette, IL

Sept. 13: “The Art and the Act of Prayer,” Temple Jeremiah, Northfield, IL

Sept. 4: Guest Teacher, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem

Apr. 6-8: Liturgist-in-Residence, Temple Emanuel, Denver

Apr. 5: Liturgist-in-Residence, Congregation Bonai Shalom, Boulder, CO

March 31-Apr. 2: Shabbat Liturgist-in-Residence, Congregation Beth Emeth, Wilmington, DE

Mar. 24: Shabbat Liturgist-in-Residence presenting a “Jerusalem Shabbat,” Temple Anshe Shalom, Olympia Fields, IL

Mar. 23: Reading from This Grateful Heart, Beth Emet-The Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL

Mar. 22: Reading from This Grateful Heart, B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield, IL

Mar. 21: “Prayer as Spiritual Resistance,” CCAR Annual Convention, Atlanta

Mar. 17-18: Shabbat Liturgist-in-Residence, Congregation Rodef Shalom, Pittsburgh, PA

Mar. 3: Guest Teacher, Alpeh Educating for Spirituality, “Social Action Education as a Spiritual Practice” (online course)

Feb. 27: “Israel Below the Surface,” Speaker, Jerusalem (Israel tour hosted by Marianne Williamson)

Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m. Eastern: Live reading of works from This Grateful Heart on Harmony in Unison’s virtual Facebook stage

2016

Dec. 21: ELI talks presenter, “Falling in Love with Prayer,” Chicago

Sept. 5: Creative Liturgy Workshop, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem

Aug. 28: “Say ‘Wow!’ to Prayer: Hands on Ideas for Talking and Writing about Prayer,” Kickstart North, Chicago Board of Jewish Education

July 5: “Wow. Gimmie. Thanks. Oops: The Four Voices of Prayer” Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem, Israel

June 11: Shavuot Meets Sermon Slam, A Slammin’ Tikkun for the Sake of Torah, Jerusalem, reading “Avram, Waiting”

March 28: Liturgy Master Class, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem

Feb. 23: Guest Teacher, Alpeh’s Educating for Spirituality program, “Social Action Education as a Spiritual Practice”

Jan. 10: “Poetry at Kehilat Yedidya: Sharon Dolin and Community Poets

2015

Nov. 2: Liturgy Workshop, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem

Oct. 15: Poetry for Peace, Tulip Garden, Talbiya, Jerusalem, reading “For Peace in the Middle East

Sept. 21-23: Yom Kippur Liturgist-in-Residence, Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, PA

Sept. 18: Shabbat T’shuva Scholar, Temple Ohav Shalom, Allison Park, PA

Jeri Robins NewCAJE6 Tesimonial

Sept. 4-5: Selichot Scholar-in-Residence, Tarrant County (Tex.) Congregations; Sept. 4 (evening), Beth-El Congregation, Fort Worth; Sept. 5 (morning), Congregation Beth Shalom, Arlington; Sept. 5 (evening), Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville

Aug. 3-9: Liturgist-in-Residence, National Havurah Committee 2015 Summer Institute, Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire: presenter, “The Wow of Prayer,” “The Shmita of Prayer” and “Advanced Topics in Creating Prayer and Liturgy;” contributor/reader, Kabbalat Shabbat services; and master of ceremonies for the first-ever “Prayer Slam.”

Aug. 2: “Pray in Our Own Words: Generating Excitement for Prayer,” a half-day intensive program, and “Writing Prayers with Teens,” NewCAGE6, West Hartford, Conn.

July 31 – Aug. 1: Shabbat Scholar, NewCAGE6, West Hartford, Conn.: presenter/facilitator, “Tension and Intention: A Pre-Shabbat Dialogue on What We Yearn for in our Prayers” and “Who Needs to Hear our Prayers? Engaging with God, Self and Others;” contributor/reader for Kabbalat Shabbat services

Len Zukrow

June 26: Prayer Workshop, Congregation Kol Ami (West Hollywood, Calif.), Congregational Trip to Israel, Jerusalem

June 20: Prayer Workshop, Temple Solel (Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Congregational Trip to Israel, Jerusalem

May 1: “From Chicago to Jerusalem and Back: An Evening of Prayer with Alden Solovy,” Temple Beth-El, Munster, Indiana

Mar. 25: Private reading from “Haggadah Companion: Meditations and Readings,”  Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem

Feb. 27-28, “Praying with Passion,” Liturgist-in-Residence Weekend at Temple Emanuel, Denver, Colorado

Feb. 21, Private Reading and Melave Malke, Los Angeles, Calif.

Feb. 20, “To Pray is to Remember,” Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood, Calif.

2014
Dec. 31: “‘Wow-ling’ to G-d, Finding Excitement in Prayer,” Limmud Conference 2014, UK

Dec. 31: “Prayers the Rabbis Never Imagined,” Young Limmud program (age 11-12), Limmud Conference 2014, UK

Dec. 30: “My Life as a Prayer,” Limmud Conference 2014, UK

Dec. 29, “Do Terrorists Deserve Our Prayers?” program for teens 14+, Limmud Conference 2014, UK

Dec. 27: “The Making of a Liturgist: How Prayer Healed My Broken Heart,” Limmud Conference 2014, UK

Dec. 1: “Tension and Intention in Prayer,” Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem

Nov. 16: “Wowling to G-d: Finding Excitement in Prayer,” Limmud Chicago, Chicago

Nov. 14: “Prayers on the Journey from Grief to Joy: A Prayer Drash” Congregation Or Chadash, Chicago

Nov. 12: Special guest reading, B’nei Joshua Beth Elohim, Musical Minyan, Deerfield, IL

Nov. 9: “My Life as a Prayer,” Temple Beth Israel, Skokie, IL

Nov. 8: “Wow. Gimmie. Thanks. Oops,” Temple Beth Israel, Skokie, IL

Nov. 1: Facilitator, Sharing Session / Discussion on Prayer, Shabbat Shira, OSRUI, Oconomowoc, WI

Aug. 28: “War and Prayer,” a poetry and essay reading, Beth Emet-The Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL

Aug. 24: “Wow. Gimmie. Thanks. Oops,” Yom Limmud, San Diego

Aug. 16: “Wowling to G-d: Finding Excitement in Prayer,” Limmud LA Fest, Los Angeles

Aug. 15: “Israel Needs Your Prayer Now,” a writing workshop, Limmud LA Fest, Los Angeles

July 31: Facilitator and Writer-in-Residence, CCAR Solidarity Mission to Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

July 17: “Wow. Gimmie. Thanks. Oops,” Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem, Israel

June 28: World Premier of “Three Prayers,” prayers set to dance and music, Tachana HaRishonah (First Station), Jerusalem, Israel

June 8: Meet the Author, book signing event, Greater Chicago Jewish Festival, Morton Grove, IL

Mar. 1: Israel Book Launch, reading and book signing, Kehilat Yedidya, Jerusalem, Israel

Feb. 5: Artist’s Salon Series, kick-off artist, B’nei Joshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield, IL

Feb. 4: Private reading by invitation, home in Highland Park, IL

Feb. 3: Private reading by invitation, home in Wilmette, IL

2013

Sept. 13, 2013: “Wow. Gimmie. Thanks. Oops,” Yom Kippur Shiur, Kehillat Yedida, Jerusalem, Israel

4 Responses to “Appearances”

  1. Haim kassorla

    Love your prayers and qavanah. When will you be in/near Atlanta? Thanks.

    Reply
    • Alden

      I currently have no plans to be in Atlanta, sadly to say. If you know of a rabbi or synagogue that might be interested in hosting me, I’d appreciate the connection.

      Reply
  2. Bracha Lieberman

    Would like to know when Alden is having online midrashic writing workshops

    Reply

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