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Kabbalat Shabbat
6:00 pm

Friday, February 2nd, 6pm

In person and on Zoom
Meeting ID 878 1040 4956
Passcode 972073

Join Chochmat HaLev for a Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service, a mystical tradition full of embodied prayer, soulful singing, ecstatic dancing, guided meditation, sharing of ancestral wisdom, and connection in intergenerational community. This service will be led by Zvika Krieger and Lior Tsarfaty, with special guest Melila Hellner-Eshed, one the world’s leading scholars of Jewish mysticism!

Service will start promptly at 6pm — please arrive a few minutes early to check in and be seated.

Oneg potluck dinner after services, followed by a special HeartSpace circle with Melila where we’ll dive deep into the secrets of Kabbalah — a unique experience not to be missed!

If you’re planning to attend in-person, please register in advance.
If you’re planning to attend via Zoom, the link is here: https://zoom.us/j/87810404956


During service

Childcare is available. Please register so we know you’re coming!

After service

Enjoy a delicious oneg and schmooze with our beloved community.

HeartSpace will meet with Melila for a deep dive into the secrets of Kabbalah!


Melila Hellner-Eshed, Ph.D. has been a professor of Jewish mysticism and Zohar at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for over two decades. For the past three decades, she has been a central figure in the Israeli renaissance of study of Jewish texts by Israeli adults of all paths of life in various frameworks. Her publications include  A River Flows from Eden: The Language of Mystical Experience in the Zohar and Seekers of the Face  – From the Secrets of the Idra Rabba in the Zohar. Melila also serves as faculty of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, Research Fellow at Shalom Hartman Institute, and is active in the Sulha Peace Project – a reconciliation project that brings together Israelis and Palestinians.

 
DONATION INFO

Our Shabbat services are supported by donation. Each donation, small and large, allows us to continue with this offering. Please contribute when you register, or at one of the links below:
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @chochmat 
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

Accessibility

ZOOM INFO
Join with video  https://zoom.us/j/87810404956

Join by phone  1-669-900-6833, 1-346-248-7799, 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID 878 1040 4956
Passcode 972073
Notice: Our Zoom recordings are for archival purposes only, and therefore are not available to the public.

Physical Access

Entrance

Entrance to the Sanctuary is at the corner of Prince St. and Fulton St.. There are 8 steps into the main entrance of the Sanctuary. There is an accessible ramp at a separate entrance on Fulton St. Please let a volunteer or staff know if you need to use this entrance; you can also email us in advance at shalom@chochmat.org

Seating

We have folding chairs (some with padding, some without), pillows, and floor cushions available for you to use, along with limited bench seating in the back of the Sanctuary. 

COVID Protocols
Our policy effective May 19th, 2023 is as follows:
Chochmat HaLev, in consultation with our medical advisor and based on community survey results, will discontinue masking requirements for attendance at events. Masks, although not required, are recommended. We understand people will need to make their own decisions about exposure and risk based on their own personal preferences, and health status.

Chochmat HaLev will provide passive ventilation (e.g., open windows and doors under the supervision of security-trained personnel) and other equipment as available.

Chochmat HaLev will include specific guidelines for those attending in person events on our website and in announcements regarding events.
Chochmat HaLev will provide seating adjacent to a window in an end-of-the-row seat to individuals upon request.

DO NOT attend an event at CHL if:

  • you are experiencing any potential symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness
  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days and have not had a negative antigen test on Day 6 or later
  • you have had a known exposure to COVID-19 in the past 3-5 days
  • a household member has tested positive in the last 10 days and has not had a negative test on Day 6 or later

PHOTOGRAPHY RELEASE
By attending this event, you consent that recordings or photos of you may be used by Chochmat HaLev. If you have any questions, please contact shalom@chochmat.org.

If you would like to support The Sulha Peace Project in honor of this week’s HeartSpace teacher, please go this link: https://bit.ly/SulhaDonation

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Torah Study
9:30 am

Saturdays, 9:30 – 11am
with Eric Strellis
Join with Zoom

It is a tree of life to all who take hold of it, and whoever keeps hold of it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.  – Proverbs 3:17-18

If Torah is our Tree of Life, where are its roots, how does it flower, what does its fruit taste like?

Answers to these questions, and more, are revealed to us every week when we study together. Engaging with Torah allows us to access an Eternal Wisdom that often seems intimidating, hidden and unreachable. Explore the parsha, the week’s Torah portion, with a warm, supportive, questioning community.  Together, we luxuriate in the specialness of Shabbat, delving deeply into the text. We read the entire parsha aloud in English and see where the discussion leads us.  Prior experience with the text is not required as we read it again, together, for the first time.

Join us and deepen your connection to Torah, Shabbat, and Jewish community. Everyone is welcome, every voice is valued.

For more information, please reach out to Eric Strellis at eric@chochmat.org.

DONATION INFO
We rely on your contributions to cover our expenses. Please consider donating, or become a member!

Free for Chochmat members
$5 requested donation for non-members
• Donate online here
• Venmo @chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

ZOOM INFO
If you are new to Zoom, join early and follow the prompts to download the free software.
Join with video
https://zoom.us/j/652501750

Join by phone
1-669-444 9171
1-346-248-7799
1-253-205-0468

Meeting ID: 881 8385 9402
Passcode: 986927

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Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm

Mondays – 7 – 8:00pm
by donation
On Zoom ONLY

Check out our Timeline of Jewish Meditation »

SCHEDULE
1st Mondays – Judy Fleischman
2nd Mondays – Jen Roitman
3rd Mondays – Daniella Salzman
4th Mondays – Jeffrey Kessler
5th Mondays – Jeffrey Kessler

DESCRIPTION

Want to see God (or at least It’s shadow)? Lower your blood pressure? Manage your spiritual confusion? Connect with a deeper Jewish consciousness? Learn about Judaism’s esoteric side? Get a whiff of enlightenment?

Just as healthy foods nourish our body, Jewish meditation nourishes our soul.  It has been around for centuries and includes forms such as chanting, visualization, silence, and movement. It can revitalize and transform Judaism from the blasé familiar into a profound and constantly renewing spiritual practice.

As one of the first modern Jewish institutions to teach these forms when we opened our doors in 1995, we invite you to join us in a journey that is both personal and communal, a claiming and reclaiming of ancient pathways that open and deepen our capacity to live in connection.

Some of the teachers are skilled in Classical Jewish styles of meditation, while others are practitioners of other forms but have integrated Jewish wisdom, liturgy, and concepts into their teaching. All provide an interesting, engaging and meaningful experience.

For beginners and experienced meditators alike. No previous meditation or Jewish experience required. By donation.

DONATION INFO
$18 suggested donation. Our meditation program is supported entirely by donations. Each contribution, small and large, allows us to keep bringing you meaningful offerings.
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @Chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

ZOOM INFO
If you are new to Zoom, join early and follow the prompts to download the free software.

Join with video:  https://zoom.us/j/848045873?pwd=bHpOZEpwTGJkbDNRLzNoVjNoZ01vZz09

Join by phone: 1-669-900-6833, or 1-346-248-7799, or 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 848-045-873

Passcode: 847352

BIOS
Jen Roitman
Jen experienced the power of chanting and meditation at a contemplative Rosh Hashanah service led by Rabbi Jonathan Omer-man and has been practicing Jewish and Vipassana meditation for more than 18 years.  She is a graduate of Rabbi Shefa Gold’s Kol Zimra Chant Leader Training, and The Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. 

For Jen, the combination of chant and silence is particularly powerful. In her experience chanting helps the meditation go deeper, and she loves how when we do this  in community, it helps us to open our hearts, connect with each other and access those more transformational places.

Zvi Bellin
Originally from Brooklyn, Zvi moved out to the Bay Area about 10 years ago. Professionally, he teaches counseling and has a private psychotherapy practice. Spiritually, he draws from Judaism and Vipassana traditions, with a humble twist from Thich Nhat Hanh. He is drawn to storytelling and connection in diverse communities. Zvi has led therapeutically-oriented mindfulness training and retreats and loves engaging with texts to connect ancient practice to contemporary life.  Let’s practice together and make meaningful moments.

Daniella Salzman
Daniella Salzman is deeply committed to revelation and revolution. Having trained as a dance expressive arts therapist, meditation and mindfulness teacher, and community organizer, she is inspired by leaders who dedicate their lives to transforming both our inner and outer worlds towards a lasting and integrated peace.

Jeffrey Kessler
A graduate of Chochmat HaLev’s first Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program, Jeffrey Kessler has studied many spiritual traditions. With degrees in philosophy, mathematics, and spiritual psychology, Jeffrey has spent his life exploring the many creative disciplines of staying open in order to connect with the Nameless One. He sees Meditation and Mussar practice as key to the renewal of Jewish spirituality.

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Meditation of Presence
8:15 am

with Jeffrey Kessler
Wednesdays  |  8:15 – 9am
By Donation  |  On Zoom 

Check out our Timeline of Jewish Meditation »

Torah is our technology for encountering the Divine Presence. Silence provides a necessary space for that encounter. According to Jewish tradition, the Presence dwells continually within and around us, but we must learn deep listening to receive its generative wisdom. Shemah – in a word that sounds like an exhalation of breath,  we are directed to listen in order to understand the Divine Oneness. We are to open to this Oneness with all of our heart, our soul, our strength. We must listen to our bodies, our emotions, our thoughts, all that is deep within us.

Join us as we sit together in silence, after a brief teaching on meditation practice in connection either with the weekly Torah portion or where we find ourselves in the Jewish sacred calendar.


About Jeffrey Kessler
A graduate of Chochmat HaLev’s first Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program, Jeffrey has studied many spiritual traditions. With degrees in philosophy, mathematics and spiritual psychology, Jeffrey has spent his life exploring the many creative disciplines of staying open in order to connect with the Nameless One. He sees Meditation and Mussar practice as key to the renewal of Jewish spirituality.


DONATION INFO
$18 suggested donation. Every contribution, large or small, allows us to keep bringing you meditation, services, and much more. 
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @Chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org


ZOOM INFO
Join with video  https://zoom.us/j/520703203?pwd=RnJNRittSkZNcnkxNm03WGxvcFgyQT09

Join by phone  1-669-900-6833, 1-346-248-7799, 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 520 703 203
Passcode: 062729

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Let’s Talk Prophets
7:00 pm
No meeting on 9/14!

Read aloud and discuss Kings 1, Chapters 21-22 and Kings 1, Chapters 1-2. Our reading concludes Eliah’s story. We will meet via Zoom.

All donations appreciated!

7pm on Zoom »
Meeting ID: 895 6011 5951
Passcode: 573038

“Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses.” Our Torah Scroll ends with the death of Moses and the People of Israel poised to enter the Promised Land.  What a classic cliffhanger!

But the story of the Jewish people continues and the book of Nevi’im, or Prophets: For those of you who love a good story, maybe even hero and anti-hero themes, you are in luck. Our readings chronicle the story of the Israelites in the promised land and the challenges they face.  It is truly amazing that the Divine One has put up with all this!

Come explore these fascinating texts with us on every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm.

The text can be found on Sefaria

Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses….

Deut. 34:1″

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Torah Study
9:30 am

Saturdays, 9:30 – 11am
with Eric Strellis
Join with Zoom

It is a tree of life to all who take hold of it, and whoever keeps hold of it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.  – Proverbs 3:17-18

If Torah is our Tree of Life, where are its roots, how does it flower, what does its fruit taste like?

Answers to these questions, and more, are revealed to us every week when we study together. Engaging with Torah allows us to access an Eternal Wisdom that often seems intimidating, hidden and unreachable. Explore the parsha, the week’s Torah portion, with a warm, supportive, questioning community.  Together, we luxuriate in the specialness of Shabbat, delving deeply into the text. We read the entire parsha aloud in English and see where the discussion leads us.  Prior experience with the text is not required as we read it again, together, for the first time.

Join us and deepen your connection to Torah, Shabbat, and Jewish community. Everyone is welcome, every voice is valued.

For more information, please reach out to Eric Strellis at eric@chochmat.org.

DONATION INFO
We rely on your contributions to cover our expenses. Please consider donating, or become a member!

Free for Chochmat members
$5 requested donation for non-members
• Donate online here
• Venmo @chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

ZOOM INFO
If you are new to Zoom, join early and follow the prompts to download the free software.
Join with video
https://zoom.us/j/652501750

Join by phone
1-669-444 9171
1-346-248-7799
1-253-205-0468

Meeting ID: 881 8385 9402
Passcode: 986927

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Kohenet Shabbat Morning Service
10:30 am
11
12
Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm

Mondays – 7 – 8:00pm
by donation
On Zoom ONLY

Check out our Timeline of Jewish Meditation »

SCHEDULE
1st Mondays – Judy Fleischman
2nd Mondays – Jen Roitman
3rd Mondays – Daniella Salzman
4th Mondays – Jeffrey Kessler
5th Mondays – Jeffrey Kessler

DESCRIPTION

Want to see God (or at least It’s shadow)? Lower your blood pressure? Manage your spiritual confusion? Connect with a deeper Jewish consciousness? Learn about Judaism’s esoteric side? Get a whiff of enlightenment?

Just as healthy foods nourish our body, Jewish meditation nourishes our soul.  It has been around for centuries and includes forms such as chanting, visualization, silence, and movement. It can revitalize and transform Judaism from the blasé familiar into a profound and constantly renewing spiritual practice.

As one of the first modern Jewish institutions to teach these forms when we opened our doors in 1995, we invite you to join us in a journey that is both personal and communal, a claiming and reclaiming of ancient pathways that open and deepen our capacity to live in connection.

Some of the teachers are skilled in Classical Jewish styles of meditation, while others are practitioners of other forms but have integrated Jewish wisdom, liturgy, and concepts into their teaching. All provide an interesting, engaging and meaningful experience.

For beginners and experienced meditators alike. No previous meditation or Jewish experience required. By donation.

DONATION INFO
$18 suggested donation. Our meditation program is supported entirely by donations. Each contribution, small and large, allows us to keep bringing you meaningful offerings.
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @Chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

ZOOM INFO
If you are new to Zoom, join early and follow the prompts to download the free software.

Join with video:  https://zoom.us/j/848045873?pwd=bHpOZEpwTGJkbDNRLzNoVjNoZ01vZz09

Join by phone: 1-669-900-6833, or 1-346-248-7799, or 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 848-045-873

Passcode: 847352

BIOS
Jen Roitman
Jen experienced the power of chanting and meditation at a contemplative Rosh Hashanah service led by Rabbi Jonathan Omer-man and has been practicing Jewish and Vipassana meditation for more than 18 years.  She is a graduate of Rabbi Shefa Gold’s Kol Zimra Chant Leader Training, and The Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. 

For Jen, the combination of chant and silence is particularly powerful. In her experience chanting helps the meditation go deeper, and she loves how when we do this  in community, it helps us to open our hearts, connect with each other and access those more transformational places.

Zvi Bellin
Originally from Brooklyn, Zvi moved out to the Bay Area about 10 years ago. Professionally, he teaches counseling and has a private psychotherapy practice. Spiritually, he draws from Judaism and Vipassana traditions, with a humble twist from Thich Nhat Hanh. He is drawn to storytelling and connection in diverse communities. Zvi has led therapeutically-oriented mindfulness training and retreats and loves engaging with texts to connect ancient practice to contemporary life.  Let’s practice together and make meaningful moments.

Daniella Salzman
Daniella Salzman is deeply committed to revelation and revolution. Having trained as a dance expressive arts therapist, meditation and mindfulness teacher, and community organizer, she is inspired by leaders who dedicate their lives to transforming both our inner and outer worlds towards a lasting and integrated peace.

Jeffrey Kessler
A graduate of Chochmat HaLev’s first Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program, Jeffrey Kessler has studied many spiritual traditions. With degrees in philosophy, mathematics, and spiritual psychology, Jeffrey has spent his life exploring the many creative disciplines of staying open in order to connect with the Nameless One. He sees Meditation and Mussar practice as key to the renewal of Jewish spirituality.

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14
Meditation of Presence
8:15 am

with Jeffrey Kessler
Wednesdays  |  8:15 – 9am
By Donation  |  On Zoom 

Check out our Timeline of Jewish Meditation »

Torah is our technology for encountering the Divine Presence. Silence provides a necessary space for that encounter. According to Jewish tradition, the Presence dwells continually within and around us, but we must learn deep listening to receive its generative wisdom. Shemah – in a word that sounds like an exhalation of breath,  we are directed to listen in order to understand the Divine Oneness. We are to open to this Oneness with all of our heart, our soul, our strength. We must listen to our bodies, our emotions, our thoughts, all that is deep within us.

Join us as we sit together in silence, after a brief teaching on meditation practice in connection either with the weekly Torah portion or where we find ourselves in the Jewish sacred calendar.


About Jeffrey Kessler
A graduate of Chochmat HaLev’s first Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program, Jeffrey has studied many spiritual traditions. With degrees in philosophy, mathematics and spiritual psychology, Jeffrey has spent his life exploring the many creative disciplines of staying open in order to connect with the Nameless One. He sees Meditation and Mussar practice as key to the renewal of Jewish spirituality.


DONATION INFO
$18 suggested donation. Every contribution, large or small, allows us to keep bringing you meditation, services, and much more. 
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @Chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org


ZOOM INFO
Join with video  https://zoom.us/j/520703203?pwd=RnJNRittSkZNcnkxNm03WGxvcFgyQT09

Join by phone  1-669-900-6833, 1-346-248-7799, 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 520 703 203
Passcode: 062729

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Kabbalat Shabbat
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Friday, February 16th, 7:00pm 
(Only our first Fridays of the month will start early; this service will begin at the usual 7pm time)

Join Chochmat HaLev for a Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service, a mystical tradition full of embodied prayer, soulful singing, ecstatic dancing, guided meditation, sharing of ancestral wisdom, and connection in intergenerational community. This service will be led by Lior Tsarfaty, Laura Goldman, and Daniella Gesundheit!

Service will start promptly at 7pm — please arrive a few minutes early to check in and be seated.

If you’re planning to attend in-person, please register in advance.

If you’re planning to attend via Zoom, the link is here: https://zoom.us/j/87810404956

Before service

6pm – Family and Community Potluck in the courtyard! Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Featuring Chochmat’s newest affinity group, Dayenu!


During service

Childcare is available. Please register so we know you’re coming!


After service

Enjoy a delicious oneg and schmooze with our beloved community.

8:45pm – A HeartSpace song circle will meet in the courtyard (weather-permitting) – led by Lior Tsarfaty and Daniella Gesundheit!


DONATION INFO

Our Shabbat services are supported by donation. Each donation, small and large, allows us to continue with this offering. Please contribute when you register, or at one of the links below:
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @chochmat 
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

Accessibility

ZOOM INFO
Join with video https://zoom.us/j/87810404956

Meeting ID 878 1040 4956
Passcode 972073

Join by phone 1-669-900-6833, 1-346-248-7799, 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID 878 1040 4956
Passcode 972073
Notice: Our Zoom recordings are for archival purposes only, and therefore are not available to the public.

Physical Access

Entrance

Entrance to the Sanctuary is at the corner of Prince St. and Fulton St.. There are 8 steps into the main entrance of the Sanctuary. There is an accessible ramp at a separate entrance on Fulton St. Please let a volunteer or staff know if you need to use this entrance; you can also email us in advance at shalom@chochmat.org

Seating

We have folding chairs (some with padding, some without), pillows, and floor cushions available for you to use, along with limited bench seating in the back of the Sanctuary. 

COVID Protocols
Our Covid policy effective May 19th, 2023 is as follows:

Chochmat HaLev, in consultation with our medical advisor and based on community survey results, will discontinue masking requirements for attendance at events. Masks, although not required, are recommended. We understand people will need to make their own decisions about exposure and risk based on their own personal preferences, and health status.

Chochmat HaLev will provide passive ventilation (e.g., open windows and doors under the supervision of security-trained personnel) and other equipment as available.

Chochmat HaLev will include specific guidelines for those attending in person events on our website and in announcements regarding events.
Chochmat HaLev will provide seating adjacent to a window in an end-of-the-row seat to individuals upon request.

DO NOT attend an event at CHL:

if you are experiencing any potential symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness
if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days and have not had a negative antigen test on Day 6 or later
if you have had a known exposure to COVID-19 in the past 3-5 days
if a household member has tested positive in the last 10 days and has not had a negative test on Day 6 or later

PHOTOGRAPHY RELEASE
By attending this event, you consent that recordings or photos of you may be used by Chochmat HaLev. If you have any questions, please contact shalom@chochmat.org.

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Torah Study
9:30 am

Saturdays, 9:30 – 11am
with Eric Strellis
Join with Zoom

It is a tree of life to all who take hold of it, and whoever keeps hold of it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.  – Proverbs 3:17-18

If Torah is our Tree of Life, where are its roots, how does it flower, what does its fruit taste like?

Answers to these questions, and more, are revealed to us every week when we study together. Engaging with Torah allows us to access an Eternal Wisdom that often seems intimidating, hidden and unreachable. Explore the parsha, the week’s Torah portion, with a warm, supportive, questioning community.  Together, we luxuriate in the specialness of Shabbat, delving deeply into the text. We read the entire parsha aloud in English and see where the discussion leads us.  Prior experience with the text is not required as we read it again, together, for the first time.

Join us and deepen your connection to Torah, Shabbat, and Jewish community. Everyone is welcome, every voice is valued.

For more information, please reach out to Eric Strellis at eric@chochmat.org.

DONATION INFO
We rely on your contributions to cover our expenses. Please consider donating, or become a member!

Free for Chochmat members
$5 requested donation for non-members
• Donate online here
• Venmo @chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

ZOOM INFO
If you are new to Zoom, join early and follow the prompts to download the free software.
Join with video
https://zoom.us/j/652501750

Join by phone
1-669-444 9171
1-346-248-7799
1-253-205-0468

Meeting ID: 881 8385 9402
Passcode: 986927

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19
Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm

Mondays – 7 – 8:00pm
by donation
On Zoom ONLY

Check out our Timeline of Jewish Meditation »

SCHEDULE
1st Mondays – Judy Fleischman
2nd Mondays – Jen Roitman
3rd Mondays – Daniella Salzman
4th Mondays – Jeffrey Kessler
5th Mondays – Jeffrey Kessler

DESCRIPTION

Want to see God (or at least It’s shadow)? Lower your blood pressure? Manage your spiritual confusion? Connect with a deeper Jewish consciousness? Learn about Judaism’s esoteric side? Get a whiff of enlightenment?

Just as healthy foods nourish our body, Jewish meditation nourishes our soul.  It has been around for centuries and includes forms such as chanting, visualization, silence, and movement. It can revitalize and transform Judaism from the blasé familiar into a profound and constantly renewing spiritual practice.

As one of the first modern Jewish institutions to teach these forms when we opened our doors in 1995, we invite you to join us in a journey that is both personal and communal, a claiming and reclaiming of ancient pathways that open and deepen our capacity to live in connection.

Some of the teachers are skilled in Classical Jewish styles of meditation, while others are practitioners of other forms but have integrated Jewish wisdom, liturgy, and concepts into their teaching. All provide an interesting, engaging and meaningful experience.

For beginners and experienced meditators alike. No previous meditation or Jewish experience required. By donation.

DONATION INFO
$18 suggested donation. Our meditation program is supported entirely by donations. Each contribution, small and large, allows us to keep bringing you meaningful offerings.
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @Chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

ZOOM INFO
If you are new to Zoom, join early and follow the prompts to download the free software.

Join with video:  https://zoom.us/j/848045873?pwd=bHpOZEpwTGJkbDNRLzNoVjNoZ01vZz09

Join by phone: 1-669-900-6833, or 1-346-248-7799, or 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 848-045-873

Passcode: 847352

BIOS
Jen Roitman
Jen experienced the power of chanting and meditation at a contemplative Rosh Hashanah service led by Rabbi Jonathan Omer-man and has been practicing Jewish and Vipassana meditation for more than 18 years.  She is a graduate of Rabbi Shefa Gold’s Kol Zimra Chant Leader Training, and The Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. 

For Jen, the combination of chant and silence is particularly powerful. In her experience chanting helps the meditation go deeper, and she loves how when we do this  in community, it helps us to open our hearts, connect with each other and access those more transformational places.

Zvi Bellin
Originally from Brooklyn, Zvi moved out to the Bay Area about 10 years ago. Professionally, he teaches counseling and has a private psychotherapy practice. Spiritually, he draws from Judaism and Vipassana traditions, with a humble twist from Thich Nhat Hanh. He is drawn to storytelling and connection in diverse communities. Zvi has led therapeutically-oriented mindfulness training and retreats and loves engaging with texts to connect ancient practice to contemporary life.  Let’s practice together and make meaningful moments.

Daniella Salzman
Daniella Salzman is deeply committed to revelation and revolution. Having trained as a dance expressive arts therapist, meditation and mindfulness teacher, and community organizer, she is inspired by leaders who dedicate their lives to transforming both our inner and outer worlds towards a lasting and integrated peace.

Jeffrey Kessler
A graduate of Chochmat HaLev’s first Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program, Jeffrey Kessler has studied many spiritual traditions. With degrees in philosophy, mathematics, and spiritual psychology, Jeffrey has spent his life exploring the many creative disciplines of staying open in order to connect with the Nameless One. He sees Meditation and Mussar practice as key to the renewal of Jewish spirituality.

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21
Meditation of Presence
8:15 am

with Jeffrey Kessler
Wednesdays  |  8:15 – 9am
By Donation  |  On Zoom 

Check out our Timeline of Jewish Meditation »

Torah is our technology for encountering the Divine Presence. Silence provides a necessary space for that encounter. According to Jewish tradition, the Presence dwells continually within and around us, but we must learn deep listening to receive its generative wisdom. Shemah – in a word that sounds like an exhalation of breath,  we are directed to listen in order to understand the Divine Oneness. We are to open to this Oneness with all of our heart, our soul, our strength. We must listen to our bodies, our emotions, our thoughts, all that is deep within us.

Join us as we sit together in silence, after a brief teaching on meditation practice in connection either with the weekly Torah portion or where we find ourselves in the Jewish sacred calendar.


About Jeffrey Kessler
A graduate of Chochmat HaLev’s first Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program, Jeffrey has studied many spiritual traditions. With degrees in philosophy, mathematics and spiritual psychology, Jeffrey has spent his life exploring the many creative disciplines of staying open in order to connect with the Nameless One. He sees Meditation and Mussar practice as key to the renewal of Jewish spirituality.


DONATION INFO
$18 suggested donation. Every contribution, large or small, allows us to keep bringing you meditation, services, and much more. 
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @Chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org


ZOOM INFO
Join with video  https://zoom.us/j/520703203?pwd=RnJNRittSkZNcnkxNm03WGxvcFgyQT09

Join by phone  1-669-900-6833, 1-346-248-7799, 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 520 703 203
Passcode: 062729

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Torah Study
9:30 am

Saturdays, 9:30 – 11am
with Eric Strellis
Join with Zoom

It is a tree of life to all who take hold of it, and whoever keeps hold of it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.  – Proverbs 3:17-18

If Torah is our Tree of Life, where are its roots, how does it flower, what does its fruit taste like?

Answers to these questions, and more, are revealed to us every week when we study together. Engaging with Torah allows us to access an Eternal Wisdom that often seems intimidating, hidden and unreachable. Explore the parsha, the week’s Torah portion, with a warm, supportive, questioning community.  Together, we luxuriate in the specialness of Shabbat, delving deeply into the text. We read the entire parsha aloud in English and see where the discussion leads us.  Prior experience with the text is not required as we read it again, together, for the first time.

Join us and deepen your connection to Torah, Shabbat, and Jewish community. Everyone is welcome, every voice is valued.

For more information, please reach out to Eric Strellis at eric@chochmat.org.

DONATION INFO
We rely on your contributions to cover our expenses. Please consider donating, or become a member!

Free for Chochmat members
$5 requested donation for non-members
• Donate online here
• Venmo @chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

ZOOM INFO
If you are new to Zoom, join early and follow the prompts to download the free software.
Join with video
https://zoom.us/j/652501750

Join by phone
1-669-444 9171
1-346-248-7799
1-253-205-0468

Meeting ID: 881 8385 9402
Passcode: 986927

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Contemplative Shabbat – Saturday Morning
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

with special guest leaders: Jen Roitman and Cynthia Schrager!
Saturday, 11am
In the Chochmat HaLev Sanctuary

Join us at 11:00 am for an in-person Shabbat service. Kiddish Lunch 12:30 pm, Care Circle 1:00 pm.

Jen Roitman and Cynthia Schrager will be conducting Chochmat’s beautiful Contemplative Service, created by founding member Nan Gefen and Rabbi Jonathan Omer-man. The service follows the arc of the traditional morning Shabbat service in distilled form – with alternating periods of chant and silence, time for personal prayer, Torah teaching, and Mourner’s Kaddish.

This service will be followed by a Kiddish lunch and Chesed Care Circle, sponsored by Heart 2 Heart. This offering is free and in-person. No registration required.

Janet Falk has been associated with Chochmat HaLev since 2006, when she started participating in Monday Night Meditation. She has been a regular meditator since that time and has co-led the monthly Contemplative Shabbat morning service for several years, along with Jeffrey Kessler. Janet has also served on the board of Chochmat HaLev, was the Board President for 2 years, and continues as chair of the High Holy Days Committee.

Jeffrey Kessler has been a spiritual seeker all his life. Coming from an interfaith background, his exploration of various spiritual traditions and psycho-physical systems has always been with an eye to ‘what is the common’ to all. As a life-long seeker of truth, he understands that the process of teaching effectively requires intentional exploration of what is still unknown in the landscape of the self. Jeffrey is a longtime practitioner and teacher of meditation, Tai-Chi, Chi Gung, and Mussar. His gentle presence is a foundational bedrock at Chochmat.

DONATION INFO
Our Shabbat services are supported by donation. Each donation, small and large, allows us to continue with this offering.
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

Chochmat HaLev  Covid Protocols

  • All attendees must properly wear an N95 mask or a double surgical or other non-cloth mask.
  • Cloth masks of any kind are not acceptable.
  • Individuals  must assess their own personal risk tolerance for attending events in person. 
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Chesed Care Circle
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Heart to Heart presents
CHESED CARE MONTHLY SERIES
Saturday, 1pm
After Contemplative Shabbat,
In the Chochmat Courtyard

We are excited to announce our new Chesed Care Monthly Series sponsored by Heart 2 Heart. A special workshop following each Saturday morning Contemplative Shabbat featuring a special topic. This series is free and in-person. No registration required.

This month’s topic is Schmooze and Relax, with a delicious kiddush lunch; this is the perfect opportunity to get connected at Chochmat in a relaxed setting.

For information regarding Heart to Heart or this event, contact Shelley Coleman, heart@chochmat.org or 510-390-6609

DONATION INFO
Our Shabbat services are supported by donation. Each donation, small and large, allows us to continue with this offering.
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

Chochmat HaLev  Covid Protocols

  • All attendees must properly wear an N95 mask or a double surgical or other non-cloth mask.
  • Cloth masks of any kind are not acceptable.
  • Individuals  must assess their own personal risk tolerance for attending events in person. 
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Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm

Mondays – 7 – 8:00pm
by donation
On Zoom ONLY

Check out our Timeline of Jewish Meditation »

SCHEDULE
1st Mondays – Judy Fleischman
2nd Mondays – Jen Roitman
3rd Mondays – Daniella Salzman
4th Mondays – Jeffrey Kessler
5th Mondays – Jeffrey Kessler

DESCRIPTION

Want to see God (or at least It’s shadow)? Lower your blood pressure? Manage your spiritual confusion? Connect with a deeper Jewish consciousness? Learn about Judaism’s esoteric side? Get a whiff of enlightenment?

Just as healthy foods nourish our body, Jewish meditation nourishes our soul.  It has been around for centuries and includes forms such as chanting, visualization, silence, and movement. It can revitalize and transform Judaism from the blasé familiar into a profound and constantly renewing spiritual practice.

As one of the first modern Jewish institutions to teach these forms when we opened our doors in 1995, we invite you to join us in a journey that is both personal and communal, a claiming and reclaiming of ancient pathways that open and deepen our capacity to live in connection.

Some of the teachers are skilled in Classical Jewish styles of meditation, while others are practitioners of other forms but have integrated Jewish wisdom, liturgy, and concepts into their teaching. All provide an interesting, engaging and meaningful experience.

For beginners and experienced meditators alike. No previous meditation or Jewish experience required. By donation.

DONATION INFO
$18 suggested donation. Our meditation program is supported entirely by donations. Each contribution, small and large, allows us to keep bringing you meaningful offerings.
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @Chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org

ZOOM INFO
If you are new to Zoom, join early and follow the prompts to download the free software.

Join with video:  https://zoom.us/j/848045873?pwd=bHpOZEpwTGJkbDNRLzNoVjNoZ01vZz09

Join by phone: 1-669-900-6833, or 1-346-248-7799, or 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 848-045-873

Passcode: 847352

BIOS
Jen Roitman
Jen experienced the power of chanting and meditation at a contemplative Rosh Hashanah service led by Rabbi Jonathan Omer-man and has been practicing Jewish and Vipassana meditation for more than 18 years.  She is a graduate of Rabbi Shefa Gold’s Kol Zimra Chant Leader Training, and The Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. 

For Jen, the combination of chant and silence is particularly powerful. In her experience chanting helps the meditation go deeper, and she loves how when we do this  in community, it helps us to open our hearts, connect with each other and access those more transformational places.

Zvi Bellin
Originally from Brooklyn, Zvi moved out to the Bay Area about 10 years ago. Professionally, he teaches counseling and has a private psychotherapy practice. Spiritually, he draws from Judaism and Vipassana traditions, with a humble twist from Thich Nhat Hanh. He is drawn to storytelling and connection in diverse communities. Zvi has led therapeutically-oriented mindfulness training and retreats and loves engaging with texts to connect ancient practice to contemporary life.  Let’s practice together and make meaningful moments.

Daniella Salzman
Daniella Salzman is deeply committed to revelation and revolution. Having trained as a dance expressive arts therapist, meditation and mindfulness teacher, and community organizer, she is inspired by leaders who dedicate their lives to transforming both our inner and outer worlds towards a lasting and integrated peace.

Jeffrey Kessler
A graduate of Chochmat HaLev’s first Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program, Jeffrey Kessler has studied many spiritual traditions. With degrees in philosophy, mathematics, and spiritual psychology, Jeffrey has spent his life exploring the many creative disciplines of staying open in order to connect with the Nameless One. He sees Meditation and Mussar practice as key to the renewal of Jewish spirituality.

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Meditation of Presence
8:15 am

with Jeffrey Kessler
Wednesdays  |  8:15 – 9am
By Donation  |  On Zoom 

Check out our Timeline of Jewish Meditation »

Torah is our technology for encountering the Divine Presence. Silence provides a necessary space for that encounter. According to Jewish tradition, the Presence dwells continually within and around us, but we must learn deep listening to receive its generative wisdom. Shemah – in a word that sounds like an exhalation of breath,  we are directed to listen in order to understand the Divine Oneness. We are to open to this Oneness with all of our heart, our soul, our strength. We must listen to our bodies, our emotions, our thoughts, all that is deep within us.

Join us as we sit together in silence, after a brief teaching on meditation practice in connection either with the weekly Torah portion or where we find ourselves in the Jewish sacred calendar.


About Jeffrey Kessler
A graduate of Chochmat HaLev’s first Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program, Jeffrey has studied many spiritual traditions. With degrees in philosophy, mathematics and spiritual psychology, Jeffrey has spent his life exploring the many creative disciplines of staying open in order to connect with the Nameless One. He sees Meditation and Mussar practice as key to the renewal of Jewish spirituality.


DONATION INFO
$18 suggested donation. Every contribution, large or small, allows us to keep bringing you meditation, services, and much more. 
• Donate online chochmat.org/give
• Venmo @Chochmat
• Paypal shalom@chochmat.org


ZOOM INFO
Join with video  https://zoom.us/j/520703203?pwd=RnJNRittSkZNcnkxNm03WGxvcFgyQT09

Join by phone  1-669-900-6833, 1-346-248-7799, 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 520 703 203
Passcode: 062729

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Music Mishmar
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Thursday night music mishmar is a weekly sacred music jam that rotates between different Jewish community spaces in the East Bay. The intentions of this gathering are to musically energize and connect the East Bay community, promote local music, share new music, and prepare musically and spiritually for Shabbat. Acoustic instruments are encouraged. Lyrics and chords are projected so that everybody can sing and play along.

Suggestion Donation, No registration necessary.

COVID Protocols

Our new policy effective May 19th, 2023 is as follows:

Chochmat HaLev, in consultation with our medical advisor and based on community survey results, will discontinue masking requirements for attendance at events. Masks, although not required, are recommended. We understand people will need to make their own decisions about exposure and risk based on their own personal preferences, and health status.

Chochmat HaLev will provide passive ventilation (e.g., open windows and doors under the supervision of security-trained personnel) and other equipment as available.

Chochmat HaLev will include specific guidelines for those attending in person events on our website and in announcements regarding events.
Chochmat HaLev will provide seating adjacent to a window in an end-of-the-row seat to individuals upon request.

DO NOT attend an event at CHL:

  • if you are experiencing any potential symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness
  • if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days and have not had a negative antigen test on Day 6 or later
  • if you have had a known exposure to COVID-19 in the past 3-5 days
  • if a household member has tested positive in the last 10 days and has not had a negative test on Day 6 or later
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