from sitting to singing to movement
neySHEV means "let's sit."
neySHEV was founded by artist and educator Aviva Chernick as an intentional community that gathers for weekly meditations and intensive retreats. Together we practice mindfulness in guided and silent meditation, movement and song.
neySHEV is guided by the heart-based wisdom of Torah. Practice involves nurturing awareness of what is unfolding in the present moment. We turn to what arises — thoughts, feelings, and sensations, and explore how we feel them in our bodies. We do this with the essential companions of gentleness, compassion, curiosity, and lovingkindness.
To create a space where all feel welcome.
To cultivate tools with which to turn compassionately to whatever is arising in the present moment.
To nurture spaciousness and agility in being with the ever-changing nature of our experience.
To bring these tools into our lives, transforming the ways we respond in interactions with all beings to ways of compassion, listening, learning and connecting.
With diligence in practice, we commit to being a part of the antidote to ignorance, hatred and reactivity, a response to all forms of violence.
To bring joy.
Practicing with the words Bilvavi mishkan evneh — In my heart I will build an indwelling place.
Softening the heart, noticing what is arising, and turning towards it lovingly.
Guided blessing practice: cultivating the attributes of safety, kindness, and peace.
Monday evenings 8-8:30pm EST on Zoom.
Friday mornings 7:45-8:45am EST on Zoom.
Please reach out if you are interested in joining:
neySHEV is paid for by donation.
Pay What You Can:
Pay What You Can supports those who are unemployed and underemployed to be able to continue to join practice with ease. Everyone pays as they are able. Ability to pay should not be a barrier to participation.
Monday classes $10 minimum recommended as you are able
Friday classes $20 minimum recommended as you are able
Canadians pay by e-transfer here.
Those outside of Canada pay by Paypal here:
Cultivating practice space online.
neySHEV was founded in 2016 by Aviva Chernick.
Aviva is a queer Jewish artist, a white settler living in Tkaronto (Toronto).
Aviva brings the artistry of voice, story and movement to each and every offering.
For the past fifteen years, alongside an active performing and touring career, Aviva has led and taught about the voice in prayer and contemplative practice across North America and beyond.
She has cultivated her teaching skills with participation in three teacher training programs; 2009-present as apprentice with voice teacher Fides Krucker, 2004-2010 Yoga Teacher Training through the Esther Myers Yoga Studio and 2016-2017 Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. In each context, Aviva studied pedagogy and continues to train in the art of facilitation and holding space for others to be in their learning process.
In her teaching career, Aviva has taught groups and individuals yoga, yoga and the voice, prayer song, Torah chanting, Judeo-Spanish folk music, vocal improvisation and meditation.
Presently, Aviva teaches an online course for the Institute of Jewish Spirituality on niggun (wordless melody) as prayer and is the founder of the Toronto based sitting and singing community called neySHEV (since 2016). Aviva is the inaugural Artist in Residence with Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto (2019 – present).
In individual sessions, Aviva offers spiritual care and guidance for creative process. In group sessions, she facilitates freeing the voice and practices of mindfulness in song and silence.
For more on Aviva’s artistic endeavours, please visit Aviva's Music page.
The month of Elul, leading up to the High Holydays, is a time for inner awakening, spiritual accounting and turning toward our deepest individual and collective calls for justice.
Jewish Mindfulness Retreat
to begin the month of Elul
August 23rd, 2020
8:30 am – 1 pm ET
Join Aviva Chernick (neySHEV) and Rabbi Miriam Margles (Danforth Jewish Circle) in this morning of turning — turning inward, turning outward, turning with open hearts, compassion and courage.
For the morning’s inspiration and insights, we will turn to traditional and contemporary Jewish sources from Chassidut, Jewish prayer and poetry as well as our own lived experience. Inspired and supported by this wisdom, we will engage in mindfulness practice through sitting, moving and walking meditations, and, singing.
קווי אל ה חזקי ותאמצי לבך
Turn your heart toward the present moment —
Let your heart be strengthened and courageous
(from Psalm 27)
All are welcome. No previous experience with meditation or Hebrew necessary. All sung text will be transliterated.
Rabbi Miriam Margles
Payment is by sliding scale $45 – $150 (plus HST).
If the lower end of the sliding scale is not feasible for you at this time, please reach out to Miriam or Aviva.