Service Leader ~ Liturgist
Hazzan Shayndel leads Shabbat, Weekday, Rosh Chodesh, Havdalah, High Holidays and Festival Services and coordinates Jewish retreats, Shabbatons and classes. She is skilled in traditional nusach and engaging congregational melodies and also composes new liturgical melodies. Shayndel has provided prayer leadership in a wide spectrum of Jewish settings, ranging from Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, feminist, nature-based Judaism and interfaith services. She is flexible in meeting the needs of those whom she serves.
Shayndel plays guitar, lyre, Native American flute, recorder, drum and Tibetan bowls. Her leadership style invites the congregation to participate in prayer as she facilitates a spiritual, heart-opening experience. She educates as she sings, and her dvar torah's are musical teachings.
Life Cycle Ritual Officiant
Hazzan Shayndel facilitates meaningful rituals for life cycle events and travels for destination ceremonies. She will work with you to co-create weddings, funerals, bar/bat mitzvahs, baby namings, blessingways for soon to be parents, births and other rites of passage.
Shayndel officiates new rituals that serve to recognize and honor major life changes to support you in times of joy and times of sorrow. Some 'out of the box' events that may call for sacred and creative ceremony include: adoption, pet funerals, career changes or retirement, miscarriages, divorce, separation, home blessings and space clearings.
When we enact sacred ritual, we deepen our ability to integrate, uplift and consciously transform ourselves.
We initiate a shift that helps us to grow with wisdom toward the next steps of our life's journey.
Spiritual Guidance & Jewish Studies
Hazzan Shayndel offers one on one sessions, creating sacred time for clear presence, deep listening and reflection of matters of the soul.
If a particular intention or theme arises for you during the session, she may suggest chants or prayers based on a middah (attribute).
If you are wanting to explore or deepen your understanding of Judaism, Shayndel is available for private studies or group classes. Topics may include: Torah, liturgy, Jewish festivals and the cycle of the year, Jewish feminism and Kabbalah.
A private session with Hazzan Shayndel is $80 and is held virtually.