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The Rothko Chapel
News Release
Friday, August 11, 2017

Reflection and Renewal at the Rothko Chapel
Prayer, song, and meditation inspired by Jewish tradition
featuring Cantor Rollin Simmons of Congregation Emanu El
 Wednesday, Sept. 6

HOUSTON – In anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the Rothko Chapel is hosting an hour of reflection through prayer and song led by Cantor Rollin Simmons of Congregation Emanu El.

The event is slated for noon on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the nonprofit, which is located at 3900 Yupon in downtown Houston. The event is free and open to the public with a suggested contribution of $10.

“Cantor Simmons will guide guests in a time of reflection and introspection, inspired by the themes of the Jewish High Holidays,” Rothko Chapel public programs and community engagement director Ashley Clemmer said. “Those of all faiths will enjoy learning about this time of renewal in the Jewish tradition.”

Simmons has served as cantor in Aspen, as well as student cantor in congregations in Dallas, New York, and Boston, before recently moving to Houston with her husband Rabbi David Segal and their two children.

She has worked to transform the worship experience at her previous congregations through creative uses of music and liturgy.

Most recently, she served as co-clergy with her husband at the Aspen Jewish Congregation in Colorado, where she was also director of the congregation’s Hebrew School.

The event is a continuation of Rothko Chapel’s educational meditation series, “12 Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions.”

Clemmer said the series is designed to offer unique insight and new meditative practices for attendees, while celebrating the diversity of the world’s faith traditions.

“The 12 Moments series pairs the Rothko Chapel’s commitments to spirituality and diversity,” she said. “At noon on the first Wednesday of every month, we have a teacher from a different faith tradition who guides the community in a meditative and contemplative practice. It’s both educational and uplifting.”

During the months of July and August, the 12 Moments Series will be tailored toward families and children.

The series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, The Jung Center of Houston, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel.

For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit or call713-524-9839.

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