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Oakland, CA

 My name is Ariel Root Wolpe. I am a Jewish musician, artist, and community organizer. I love figuring out spiritual community and transforming people's hearts through music.


Teaching & Workshops

I offer classic text studies and guided conversation, as well as workshops on meditation, chanting, movement and music workshops and circles to the Jewish and music community.

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Crafting ritual and community spaces is one of my passions. I love bringing a community together to explore Jewish themes, deepen their prayer experience, lead spiritual encounters in nature, and delve into deep learning that speaks to people where they are at. I also offer ceremonial workshops, which mark important transitions and phases of life, whether that means anticipating the entry of a new baby, or mourning the passing of a loved one, or celebrating the changing seasons and the holy days our calendar brings.

"How does one connect with one’s inner self, one’s highest levels of soul, above all, wisdom and comprehension, and then reveal it in a mundane, finite world? This can be accomplished through song."

-Pinson, modern Kabbalist and spiritual teacher


I offer classic Jewish text studies and lead discussion and learning groups for the Jewish community, as  well as workshops on meditation, chanting, movement and music. Text studies and guided conversation draws from a range of Jewish sources, including Torah, Talmud, Midrash, Chassidut and Kabbalah. To get a sense of my style and my Torah, please visit my blog or contact me for lesson samples. 

In my workshops, I combine different expressions of Jewish creativity and embodiment to lead participants on a transformative journey that draws from Torah and Jewish teachings. These workshops foster community through sound and silence, creation and rest, and hold space to look within and connect with the divine.

One example of a program could look like this: we begin with a half hour of meditation, followed by an hour of hebrew chants and niggunim. These wordless melodies and repetitive, Kirtan influenced chants bring singers into a reflective state of musical connection. Kavanot (intentions) are shared before meditation and chants to help guide participants. At the end the circle reads a Jewish spiritual reading, followed by a short discussion. We conclude with a musical collaborative exercise.

I share traditional Jewish content in a relatable, accessible form. My workshops appeal to the Jewishly literate and those who don't know a word of hebrew. In the video below, I teach a niggun, a traditional wordless tune, to an unfamiliar audience.

"Ariel Wolpe is  a dynamic, strong, vibrant text-person, one of the text-people Abraham Joshua Heschel speaks about our people needing. Ariel Wolpe facilitates chants and musical meditations with ease and grace. Her sweet and strong voice and presence keeps the room in support as she guides us through the melodies and rhythms of our people, of my heart and my soul."

-Aviva Frank, Jewish Healer and Cohenet