Jewish meditation practitioners will converge in S.F.

Speakers include Rabbis Tirzah Firestone, author of "With Roots In Heaven: One Woman's Passionate Journey Into The Heart of Her Faith"; David Cooper, author of "God is a Verb"; and Ted Falcon, founder of the Bet Alef Meditational Synagogue in Seattle.

Local speakers include Avram Davis and Nan Fink Gefen, co-directors of Chochmat HaLev; Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, a Berkeley Jewish mysticism scholar; and Rabbi Alan Lew, leader of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco

Among the workshop leaders are Rabbis Pam Frydman Baugh of Or Shalom in San Francisco; Lavey Derby of Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon; Helen Cohn of Emanu-El; Burt Jacobson, founding rabbi of Kehilla Community Synagogue in Berkeley; and Eliahu Klein, who teaches at San Francisco State. Also leading sessions are meditation teachers Shoshana Cooper and Estelle Frankel, Cantor Richard Kaplan of Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland and Jhos Singer, who serves the Coastside Jewish Community in Half Moon Bay

A Sunday evening concert, called "Opening the Heart Through Music," will feature Kaplan, Rabbi Shefa Gold, Marsha Attie and the Chochmat HaLev Band.

The conference is for those who are experienced in Jewish meditation and those who are new to it, or versed in other meditation practices. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary.

The schedule, registration and additional information are available at or e-mail [email protected] call (510) 704-9687.