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September 2019

22September
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Kol Demama Dakah: Listening for the Call

With Rabbi Dorothy Richman Sundays, September 8, 15, and 22 6:30-8:30 pm.  No drop-ins This Jewish Meditation Intensive will take place during Elul, the Hebrew month preceding Rosh Hashanah. This is a time in the Jewish spiritual calendar for soul-searching and self-evaluation.  We will create space to reflect on our experiences and behaviors in the year gone by and prepare ourselves to embody change and transformation in the year to come. Guided by Rabbi Dorothy Richman, this High Holy Day Intensive will include the spiritual practices of meditation, Torah study, chant, and our own inner knowing as we prepare body and spirit for the High Holy Day season. Participants commit to working with a hevruta partner and to a personal meditation practice during the period of the Intensive. $75 for Chochmat HaLev Members $85 for Makor Or members $125 for general public Buy Tickets Buy Tickets on Eventbrite var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ widgetType: 'checkout', eventId: '69956079517', modal: true, modalTriggerElementId: 'eventbrite-widget-modal-trigger-69956079517', onOrderComplete: exampleCallback }); Dorothy Richman serves as the rabbi of Makor Or: Jewish Meditation Center and is a founding faculty member of the new Romemu Yeshiva.  Dorothy recently released an album of  original songs, Something of Mine, largely based on texts from the Jewish tradition.

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23September
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Two Contemplative Evenings of Meditation

With Jueli Garfinkle August 26 Intimacy and Connection 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CHL Sanctuary   September 23 Return to Presence/Teshuva 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CHL Sanctuary   Prepare for the High Holidays by joining the contemplative community at Chochmat HaLev for two intimate evenings of meditation, chant, and sharing. The month preceding Rosh Hashana provides greater personal access to the Divine than at any other time of year. Join us as we begin the transformative journey of welcoming the Jewish new year of 5780. Led by Jueli Garfinkle, both evenings will offer accessible meditations to help open your heart, connect to the Divine, and initiate a meaningful High Holiday experience. Teachings are based in the Jewish mystical tradition and calendar, and include meaningful everyday practices to cultivate presence, joy, and connection. No previous experience necessary (really!). Please come! Buy Tickets Buy Tickets on Eventbrite var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ widgetType: 'checkout', eventId: '70046363559', modal: true, modalTriggerElementId: 'eventbrite-widget-modal-trigger-70046363559', onOrderComplete: exampleCallback }); Jueli Garfinkle leads ongoing meditation groups, workshops, and retreats throughout the Bay Area, as well as meets one-on-one with individuals. Jueli has been teaching Jewish meditation and mysticism since 2004 and holds academic degrees in communications and psychology.

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25September
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Wednesday meditations

With Jeffrey Kessler 4 Wednesdays — September 4, 11, 18, 25 — 8:15 - 9:00 am — in the Sanctuary In Meditation of Presence, the Kavanah (intention) is for us to become more fully present and spacious, more deeply connected to ourselves and each other, and more alive to the Divine Presence throughout the world. During the month of Elul, Meditation of Presence will be devoted to preparing ourselves for the High Holy Days. Themes will include:  Dwelling in Essence, Blessing and Curse, Teshuvah and Shalom, and Cultivating the Heart of Compassion. Suggested donation $18 Everyone's Welcome — No Experience Necessary Buy Tickets Buy Tickets on Eventbrite var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ widgetType: 'checkout', eventId: '70047440781', modal: true, modalTriggerElementId: 'eventbrite-widget-modal-trigger-70047440781', onOrderComplete: exampleCallback }); Jeffrey Kessler is a long-time practitioner of Meditation, Tai-Chi Chuan, and Chi Gong.  He's been leading Meditation and Contemplative Services at Chochmat HaLev for many years, and is currently serving as Board President.

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30September
First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana Street
Berkeley, CA United States

Rosh HaShanah Day 1

Rosh HaShanah Day 1 (9/30—10 am): This service includes a Shacharit/morning service, a Torah service, a spectacular Creation Pageant with our kids and families, a Shofar service and Musaf, which includes the special HHD prayers/liturgy. Expect some traditional chant, some call/response kirtan, and a little Leonard Cohen. Energetic profile: Full spectrum   Our goal is to offer services — Shabbat, holiday, and holy day — that are welcoming, participatory, and inclusive. Our prayer book is filled with words of inspiration from traditional Hebrew prayers to contemporary English poetry; everything in Hebrew is also presented in transliteration, and translation.   Chochmat HaLev strives to open, engage, and excite the hearts, minds, bodies and spirits of all who step though our doors. Each of our HHD services has a slightly different feel…we design the services to be both “stand alone” experiences and part of a larger arc of the journey from opening the gates on Rosh HaShana to closing them on Yom Kippur. All of our services utilize a different mix of prayer technologies including traditional liturgy, chant, meditation, conversation, and movement.

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30September
Cordonices Park, 1201 Euclid Ave (Between Eunice Street and Bayview Place Picnic Area #1)
Berkeley, CA United States

Tashlich

Tashlich - Let the Waters Heal Our Hearts Monday September 30, 4 pm - 6:30 PM Cordonices Park - 1201 Euclid Ave between Eunice St and Bayview Place, Picnic Area #1   Meet under the oaks and cast away fear and other spiritual crumbs we would like to release from our hearts and minds.  (We use gravel instead of bread to spare the eco-system)   Magid Jhos Singer and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb will lead us in a participatory ceremony of release and regeneration with stories, prayers and guided meditation.   The ritual is followed by play time and pot luck food sharing. There are picnic tables and grills, hiking trails, a playground area for small kids, a field for frisbee, basketball courts and a fabulous giant slide. Bring food and playthings. We’ll supply the ritual.   Energetic Profile: Relaxed, introspective, playful, social   Our goal is to offer services — Shabbat, holiday, and holy day — that are welcoming, participatory, and inclusive. Our prayer book is filled with words of inspiration from traditional Hebrew prayers to contemporary English poetry; everything in Hebrew is also presented in transliteration, and translation.   Chochmat HaLev strives to open, engage, and excite the hearts, minds, bodies and spirits of all who step though our doors. Each of our HHD services has a slightly different feel…we design the services to be both “stand alone” experiences and part of a larger arc of the journey from opening the gates on Rosh HaShana to closing them on Yom Kippur. All of our services utilize a different mix of prayer technologies including traditional liturgy, chant, meditation, conversation, and movement.

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October 2019

01October
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Rosh HaShanah Day 2

Rosh HaShanah Day 2 (10/1—10am Chochmat HaLev 2215 Prince Street @ Fulton): This is primarily a chant and meditation service, which often inspires dancing. In place of the traditional Torah service, we’ll be doing a guided text study (in small groups/chevruta) that explores the intersection between t’shuvah, personal responsibility, and tikkun olam. Lunch is served following the service. Energetic profile: Deep and high   Our goal is to offer services — Shabbat, holiday, and holy day — that are welcoming, participatory, and inclusive. Our prayer book is filled with words of inspiration from traditional Hebrew prayers to contemporary English poetry; everything in Hebrew is also presented in transliteration, and translation.    Chochmat HaLev strives to open, engage, and excite the hearts, minds, bodies and spirits of all who step though our doors. Each of our HHD services has a slightly different feel…we design the services to be both “stand alone” experiences and part of a larger arc of the journey from opening the gates on Rosh HaShana to closing them on Yom Kippur. All of our services utilize a different mix of prayer technologies including traditional liturgy, chant, meditation, conversation, and movement.

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