Hanukkah Satsang: Discover the Meaning of the Festival of Lights

Hanukkah Satsang: Discover the Meaning of the Festival of Lights with Rev. Sam Rudra Swartz, IYM

Saturday, December 28 • 5:30–6:30 p.m.

The Jewish Festival of Lights teaches us that even in the darkest of times a flicker of light can emerge and grow anew. Sometimes it takes a holy struggle; sometimes we are called to be patient and rest in understanding. Come join a Satsang filled with chant and historical discussion. We will talk about the origins of this story and its potential meaning, both personally and politically. We will light the menorah. And, of course, we will eat!Feature

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Reverend Sam Rudra Swartz, an Ordained Integral Yoga Minister. Also know as ”The Sarge,” is a KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) Trainer, and has a previous ordination as an Interfaith Minister from the All Faiths Seminary, New York City (2004). He is certified in Integral Yoga from Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville and The Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco as a Hatha Yoga (2011) teacher, having taken the Accessible-Yoga Teacher Training in San Francisco, as well as a Meditation (Yogaville, 2011), and a Raja Yoga Teacher (IYSF, 2012). His teaching home base is the Integral Yoga Institute of New York and has been fortunate to travel internationally offering classes and training’s. As a minister he has performed wedding ceremonies as well as other life cycle events in many places both locally in the New York/New Jersey area as well all around the U.S.A.

He received his Bachelor of Music in Brass Performance, with a Tuba Concentration from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Music School in 1996 and is an accomplished musician having performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall and was an active busker (a street musician). Currently he uses his music training with his voice serving as a prayers leader (a lay cantorial leader) at the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Rudra, earned his certification to ”kid around,” as a Children’s Yoga Teacher from Kidding Around Yoga in 2012. He serves as a Counselor and Assistant Director of Camp Yogaville, at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville Virginia’s summer camp, where he was bestowed with the loving nickname, “The Sarge”, for showing an ability to discipline the children in a loving way. He continues to serve there annually, as well as participate in the Kidding Around Yoga Camp in Florida in the same capacity and lead Kidding Around Yoga trainings in New York and other places both domestically and internationally.