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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-12-19

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TRENDS

fares to

ew Age — An as-
trological term used
to describe a roughly
2,000-year cycle. Astrologers
believe that the New Age, or
the Age of Aquarius, begins
around the turn of the 21st
century. The Age of Aquarius
is expected to be holistic,
egalitarian and humanita-
rian.
— Henry Winegarden, direc-
tor of the New York School
of Astrology
It's a Friday evening in
Gainesville, Fla., and Rabbi
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
has come at a congregation's
invitation to lead Shabbat
services. A rainbow-colored
tallit (prayer shawl) is draped
over the large frame of this
fatherly rebbe, who is sway-
ing amidst the worshippers
who surround him in concen-
tric circles.
He is leading a mantra, an
incantation popular in Hin-
duism and Mahayana Buddh-
ism. But he replaces the tra-
ditional "Om" with the more
JeWish "Shal-Om." When the
mantra is finished, he breaks
into Lecha Dodi in the tune
of Amazing Grace.
Later, Schachter takes out
his dulcimer to accompany
the intermittently traditional
and unfamiliar niggunirn, or
wordless melodies. During
the service, he refers to the
Almighty alternately as male
and female. At the conclu-
sion, the concentric circles
offer prayers for sending "he-
aling energy" to friends, fam-
ily, countries and the earth.
Shabbat dinner lingers for
hours, with Schachter inter-
jecting stories of long de-
ceased holy men and women,
rabbis and peasants, all con-
taining a message about the
essence of Jewish tradition.
For some 25 years, Schach-
ter has been travelling to
Jewish communities through-
out the world to introduce
Jews to some novel ways of
encountering their tradition.
And he is not the only one.
In 1966, Shlomo Carlebach
and his psychedelic Jews at
the House of Love and Prayer
in San Francisco began to
welcome the Sabbath bride in
a frenzy of dancing and sing-
ing reminiscent of the 18th
century Chasidim. The com-
bination yeshiva/commune/
synagogue attracted a differ-
ent kind of Jew. Some called
it the Jewish counterculture.
This counterculture has
neither flourished nor fizzled
in the two decades since Car-
lebach and Schachter germi-
nated the concepts of a
Jewish renewal. Rather, the
counterculture has attracted
a modestly growing, intimate
following.
In 1986, these and other
elements of the Jewish coun-
terculture, also known as
New Age Judaism or Aqua-

Shlomo Carlebach: love and
prayer

rian Judaism, are entrenched
in Jewish life, albeit some-
what on the fringe. New Age
Judaism has touched
thousands of Jews in America
and abroad.
But the New Age is not
concerned with numbers or
outreach. It is concerned with
spiritual renewal, a restora-
tion of the spiritual elments
which many disenchanted
Jews found lacking in mod-
ern religious practice.
Although the New Age
groups, which include
chavurot, or small prayer
groups, defy categorization,
some common threads do
connect the loosely organized
movement. All stress
egalitarianism between men
and women, leaders and fol-
lowers.
They frown upon hierarchy,
and most cultivate the mysti-
cal, spiritual or tran-
scendental nuances of the
JeWish tradition, often incor-
porating eastern traditions
like meditation. The integra-
tion of a political and social
consciousness in ritual and
spiritual are trademarks of
the New Age Judaism.
It is no coincidence that the
decade of LSD, Hair and re-
bellion gave birth to both
Schachter's B'nai Or Reli-
gious Fellowship in Philadel-
phia and the Aguarian Mi-
nyan of Berkeley, Calif., two
of the pillars of New Age
Judaism.
While an entire generation
of Americans challenged the
values of the society around
them, Jews did the same
within their own societies.
The left became synonymous
with secularism in America,
Europe and Israel. The
spiritually interested looked
to the East for guidance.
In late 1960s and early
'70s, Schachter, the Aquarian
Jews' quintessential spiritual
leader, Carlebach and others
began manifesting the ideas
of a Jewish renewal in books,
minyanim and teachings.
Carlebach brought to the
movement his unique combi-
nation of musical liturgy
combined with his mystical
tales. He has created liturgi-
cal melodies used in worship
throughout the world. After
leaving the House of Love
and Prayer, Carlebach di-
vided his life between a
commune in Israel with

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