Welcome to Chanting & Chocolate

Who, what, when

We are the Chanting & Chocolate Band in Vancouver. In the photo, from left, are Charles Cohen, Lorne Mallin, Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Charles Kaplan, Wendy Rubin, Martin Gotfrit and Eric Brown (missing: Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan). On the last Sunday of the month we present sacred Hebrew chanting at Or Shalom synagogue, followed by tea and triple-chocolate brownies.  (Dave Kaufmann photo)

Our next chant – Sunday, Jan. 29

You are invited to join us for an evening of sacred Hebrew chanting with the Chanting & Chocolate Band. Rebecca and Matthew van der Giessen are our musical guests on Jan. 29. We gather on the last Sunday of the month at 7:30 pm at Or Shalom, 710 East 10th Ave. and Fraser in Vancouver.  

Tea and triple-chocolate brownies after. Your $10 donation supports four Jewish children in Uganda.


Sacred Hebrew chanting

Join us for uplifting, sacred chanting that helps clear your mind and open your heart. No prior knowledge of singing, chanting or Hebrew language is required.

We are dedicated to offering sacred Hebrew chanting as a form of meditation and ecstatic prayer on the path of the heart. We share our music in the service of inspiration, devotion and community building. Drawing on the power of repeating ancient sacred phrases with beautiful melodies and deep intention, we create an experiential connection to the One.

The most powerful moment

The practice of chanting is a vehicle for prayer, healing and connection. The most powerful moment of the chant happens in the silence that follows. The chant inclines the mind toward a state of consciousness that can be accessed in that moment after the chant. 

Lorne’s teacher, Rabbi Shefa Gold, says that we can “enter through the door of a chant into the depths and vast expanse of the silence.”

Help us support four children in Uganda

The Abayudaya children we support, are from left,  Esther, Peretz, Sarah and Hillah, at Tikkun Olam Primary School.

Esther, Peretz, Sarah and Hillah are children of the Abayudaya, the Jewish community in eastern Uganda. If you can help them go to school in their village, Magada, please give through Lorne Mallin’s PayPal donation link. No amount is too small. Thank you! We regret that tax receipts won’t be available. Your donations are sent to a US non-profit called Global Village Connect which closely supervises funding for scholarships for our four students and other children to Tikkun Olam Primary School in the village.

Our music

Ki L’Olam Chasdo is mixed from a live recording at Chanting & Chocolate on Feb. 23, 2014, at Or Shalom led by Charles Kaplan. The chant’s title means “For God’s Loving Kindness is Infinite” and the melody is from the Egyptian folk song “A Ya Zain”. 


Lorne and his teacher Rabbi Shefa Gold in Oregon in May 2011.

Lorne Mallin began leading monthly chant evenings in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, in 2004. He first encountered the joy and power of chant in 1973 in a mystical school called the Arica Institute. After experiencing a chant called “Ram in the Three Centres,” he discovered the exquisite stillness that follows chanting. It has been his doorway to inner quiet and connection ever since.

In 2004, Lorne entered a two-year training in chant leadership with Jewish chant master Rabbi Shefa Gold. He has led chanting in Uganda, Japan, Ukraine, the U.S. and Canada. In Vancouver, that has included Give Peace a Chant, Meditative Shabbats at Ahavat Olam Synagogue, “Chanting at the Gates” at Or Shalom Synagogue, his annual Chanting Seders, the Songs for the Soul concert at St. Andrews-Wesley and the Six-Day Peace Chant – both during the World Peace Forum.

Contact us

Helpful links

• Our latest video from the 18th Anniversary on Nov. 27, 2022, is on YouTube

• Many of the chants we use are online at the website of Rabbi Shefa Gold

• Mark Fenster heals through music at Autumn Studios

• drummingandhealth.com for the work of Lyle Povah

• Excellent drum teacher and player Russell Shumsky

• Sacred Hebrew Chant with Jeanette Gross

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