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Meditation of Presence – Elul
8:15 am – 9:00 am

with Jeffrey Kessler
Wednesdays, 8:15 – 9am
Elul dates: August 26 (with Janet Falk), September 2, 9, and 16

Click here to join us on Zoom! 

During the month of Elul we will focus on preparing our hearts for the High Holy Days. This is the time that we are called – both individually and in

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The Joy of Jewish Dance
10:00 am – 11:30 am

With Bruce Bierman & Gilberto Melendez
Thursday, September 3 10 – 11:30am

Tickets
• Chochmat Members $15
• General Public $20
• Pay What You Can – If the ticket price is beyond your reach, we still want you to come!
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the class, 2 hours before the class, and again , …

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Friday Night Shabbat – Batya Levine & Kiki Lipsett
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Cultivating the Wisdom of Our Hearts
with Jhos Singer and Julie Batz

Special guests Batya Levine and Kiki Lipsett
Friday, September 4 @ 4:30pm
On Zoom

Meeting ID 826 946 797

Batya Levine
Batya uses song as a tool for cultivating healing and resilience, and centers this practice in her work as a communal song leader, mus



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Friday Night Shabbat
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Cultivating the Wisdom of Our Hearts
with Jhos Singer, Julie Batz, and Lior Tsarfaty

NEW TIME! Fridays, 5:30 – 6:30pm
On Zoom

Meeting ID 826 946 797

Join Jhos, Julie, and Lior in chants and a meditation circle. Share support, care, and the sweetness of our community as we prepare to enter Shabbat.

DONATION IN


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Torah Study
9:30 am – 11:00 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 d

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From the Inside Out (Elul)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Preparing for the High Holy Days with Rabbi Dorothy Richman
A 2-Session Jewish Meditation Intensive
August 30 & September 6 @ 7pm

  • $9 per day – Chochmat & Makor Or Members
  • $18 per day – General Public
  • Pay what you can (because we really want you to join us and price should not be an obstacle)
  • Festival Pass

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Monday Night Meditation – Elul
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

with Jeffrey Kessler
Monday, September 7 @ 7pm
by donation
On Zoom

In preparation for the High Holy Days, our meditation will focus on Teshuvah — or Return — to a place of deepening connection.  Internally, Teshuvah is all about returning to essence, purifying our hearts, and activating deeper levels



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Meditation of Presence – Elul
8:15 am – 9:00 am

with Jeffrey Kessler
Wednesdays, 8:15 – 9am
Elul dates: August 26 (with Janet Falk), September 2, 9, and 16

Click here to join us on Zoom! 

During the month of Elul we will focus on preparing our hearts for the High Holy Days. This is the time that we are called – both individually and in

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Lift Your Glasses – Let’s L’Chaim
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 9 @ 7pm
On Zoom with Rabbi Batshir Torchio
$10 – Tickets here
Presented by JCCSF, cosponsored by Covenant Wines and Chochmat HaLev

Discover the layered meanings of blessing the fruit of the vine.
featuring 2019 Mensch Zinfandel

The Psalmist teaches that when wine is blessed before bei



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The Joy of Jewish Dance
10:00 am – 11:30 am

With Bruce Bierman & Gilberto Melendez
Thursday, September 10 10 – 11:30am

Tickets
• Chochmat Members $15
• General Public $20
• Pay What You Can – If the ticket price is beyond your reach, we still want you to come!
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the class, 2 hours before the class, and again , …

Tsofeem – Preparing the Way (3rd – 7th)
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

3rd-4th, Thursdays 4 – 4:45pm
5th – 7th, Thursdays 4 – 5pm
Part of the Youth & Family Program
Register

Blow the Shofar! Shout Out to The New Year!
Join us for the inauguration of our weekly zoom program for 3rd – 7th grade.

This month Tsofeem and Mentors will learn how to blow and make a shofar, lear

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Snuggle with Torah (K-2nd)
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursdays 
4 – 4:30pm

 

Kids of all ages gather together with the youth mentors for opening prayers and then the Kindergarten – 2nd graders will join Ava to curl up and listen to Torah stories from Genesis that are read in the new year. Your child is invite
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Yud: The Little Letter that Could (Elul)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A Moving Elul Experience
with Bruce Bierman and Gilberto Melendez
Thursday September 10 @ 7pm (on Zoom)

Chochmat Members – $9  |  General Public – $18  |  or Pay What You Can
Festival Pass – $36 Members or $72 Nonmembers for all Elul events


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The angular, o

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Friday Night Shabbat
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Cultivating the Wisdom of Our Hearts
with Jhos Singer, Julie Batz, and Lior Tsarfaty

NEW TIME! Fridays, 5:30 – 6:30pm
On Zoom

Meeting ID 826 946 797

Join Jhos, Julie, and Lior in chants and a meditation circle. Share support, care, and the sweetness of our community as we prepare to enter Shabbat.

DONATION IN


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Shabbat – Live from the Chochmat Courtyard
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Note: Still at 6pm, but we won’t be in the courtyard due to air quality

Friday, September 11 @ 6pm
RSVP to get your Zoom link


RSVP

with Jhos Singer, Julie Batz, Lior Tsarfaty
and special guest Michaelle Goerlitz

It is said that during the month of Elul, the Divine One is in the “field,”

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Torah Study
9:30 am – 11:00 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 d

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Prayers of the Heart: Shabbat with Rabbi Lynn
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join Rabbi Lynn and the Youth & Family Program for their monthly Saturday-morning Shabbat service with shofar blowing, blessings, and prayer. This service will also include Rabbi Lynn’s telling of Gershon’s Monster – a story of self-forgiveness for Rosh Hashanah.

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Klezmer Music of the Early Revival
11:00 am – 12:45 pm

with Margot Leverett
Sunday, September 13 @ 11am

in collaboration with KlezCalifornia
Registration opens in September. Check the KlezCalifornia site for more info.

Margot Leverett will share her experience from the early days of the klezmer revival when she studied with clarinetists like Sid Beckerman and Max Epstein.


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Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mondays – 7 – 8:30pm
by donation
On Zoom

SCHEDULE
1st Mondays –  Jeffrey Kessler
2nd Mondays – Jhos Singer
3rd Mondays – Daniella Salzman
4th Mondays –  Jueli Garfinkle

DESCRIPTION
Want to see God (or at least It’s shadow)? Lower your blood pressure? Manage your spiritual confusion? Connect




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The Heart of Important Conversations (Elul)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

with Judith Bell and Daniel Ellenberg
Tuesday, September 15 @7pm
on Zoom

$9 – Chochmat Members
$18 – General Public
Pay what you can (because we really want you to join us and price should not be an obstacle)
Festival Pass – all Elul events $36 members or $72 nonmembers


Buy Tickets

Nothing i

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Meditation of Presence – Elul
8:15 am – 9:00 am

with Jeffrey Kessler
Wednesdays, 8:15 – 9am
Elul dates: August 26 (with Janet Falk), September 2, 9, and 16

Click here to join us on Zoom! 

During the month of Elul we will focus on preparing our hearts for the High Holy Days. This is the time that we are called – both individually and in

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Spirit & Spirits
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 16 @ 7pm
A Zoom event with Maggid Jhos Singer
Free – RSVP here
Presented by JCCSF, cosponsored by Covenant Wines and Chochmat HaLev

A brief spiritual history of Jews and booze
featuring 2018 Tribe Proprietary Red

Alcohol is well-engrained in Jewish culture. Sip and lear



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The Joy of Jewish Dance
10:00 am – 11:30 am

With Bruce Bierman & Gilberto Melendez
Thursday, September 17 10 – 11:30am

Tickets
• Chochmat Members $15
• General Public $20
• Pay What You Can – If the ticket price is beyond your reach, we still want you to come!
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the class, 2 hours before the class, and again , …

Tsofeem – Preparing the Way (3rd – 7th)
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

3rd-4th, Thursdays 4 – 4:45pm
5th – 7th, Thursdays 4 – 5pm
Part of the Youth & Family Program
Register

Blow the Shofar! Shout Out to The New Year!
Join us for the inauguration of our weekly zoom program for 3rd – 7th grade.

This month Tsofeem and Mentors will learn how to blow and make a shofar, lear

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Snuggle with Torah (K-2nd)
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursdays 
4 – 4:30pm

 

Kids of all ages gather together with the youth mentors for opening prayers and then the Kindergarten – 2nd graders will join Ava to curl up and listen to Torah stories from Genesis that are read in the new year. Your child is invite
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Erev Rosh Hashanah 5781
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Livestreamed from the Chochmat Courtyard
Friday, September 18 @ 7pm pacific
with Jhos Singer, Julie Batz, Lior Tsarfaty, Shira Kammen, and Michaelle Goerlitz

The gates are open: will you enter them with us?

This service, the first gate, welcomes us to celebrate the creation of the world and all its possibilities.  I

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Rosh HaShanah for Youth & Family
9:30 am – 10:15 am

Saturday, September 19
9:30 – 10:15am
Registration coming soon

Tickets
Youth Program – Included in your enrollment (you’ll automatically be RSVP’d)
Chochmat Members – $5
General Public – $10


TICKETS

Join Rabbi Lynn’s Rosh Hashanah celebration for youth and families and those

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Rosh Hashanah Morning 5781
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Livestreamed from the Chochmat Courtyard
Saturday, September 19 @ 10:30am
with Jhos Singer, Julie Batz, Lior Tsarfaty, Shira Kammen, and Michaelle Goerlitz

RSVP to get the link  |  Donations happily accepted
Suggested donation: between Chai and Chai Five ($18 – $90)

In this time of change and challenge, what i

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Tashlich, Torah, and a Schmooze
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Community Conversations
Saturday, September 19 @ 2:30pm

RSVP for a Zoom link

RSVP

One of the highlights of our High Holy Days has always been the personal connections among people and the deep sense of community that is created when we pray together. We are deeply saddened that we cannot observe in

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Wherever You Are, Blow The Shofar
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

A Bay Area Shofar Blow-In
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 20 @ 3pm

Step outside and sound the shofar to offer your prayers and blessings. Listen for other shofars being blown in your neighborhood.

Also known as a “shofar blow-in” Jewish organizations around the Bay Area and beyond are collaborati

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Drawing on Forgiveness
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Improv Sketching with Meg Adler (she/they)
Cosponsored by Camp Tawonga
Sunday, September 20 @ 7:30pm PDT
$9 Chochmat Members & Tawonga Community Members
$18 General Public
Or pay what you can, because we really want you to join us!

Buy Tickets

During the Days of Awe, we’re asked to look back on o





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Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mondays – 7 – 8:30pm
by donation
On Zoom

SCHEDULE
1st Mondays –  Jeffrey Kessler
2nd Mondays – Jhos Singer
3rd Mondays – Daniella Salzman
4th Mondays –  Jueli Garfinkle

DESCRIPTION
Want to see God (or at least It’s shadow)? Lower your blood pressure? Manage your spiritual confusion? Connect




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The High Priest and High Holy Day Prayer
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

What Does It Mean to Pray (Tefillah)?
with Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Monday, September 21 @ 7pm PST

Tickets
$9 Chochmat & Makor Or Members
$18 General Public


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Prayer, according to the rabbis of the Talmud, is avodah shebalev, the service of the heart. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Hes

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Heartsongs: Tefillah Edition
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday, September 22 @ 7pm PST
$9 Chochmat Members
$18 General Public
Or Pay What You Can

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Join Lior Tsarfaty and special guests Melanie DeMore and Jami Sieber for a special High Holy Day Heartsongs focusing on the power and intention of prayer.

Chanting in community is an ancient path

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Meditation of Presence
8:15 am – 9:00 am

Jeffrey Kessler
Wednesdays – 8:15 am-9:00 am

Click here to join us on Zoom! 

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 liste

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Radical Presence & the Practice of Rebuke
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, September 23 
6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern
This class is closed captioned
Co-sponsored by SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva

Tickets
$9 Chochmat members and SVARAniks
$18 nonmembers

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Join Laynie Soloman, Director of National Learning & Faculty Member at SVARA, for an adve

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Covenant Wines Tasting
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 23 @ 7pm
A Zoom event with Jeff Morgan, Founding Winemaker
Free – RSVP here
Presented by JCCSF, cosponsored by Covenant Wines and Chochmat HaLev

Discover the journey from Napa Valley to Israel with Jeff Morgan, Founding Winemaker of Covenant Winery
featuring 2017 BLUE C Adom Red

This



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The Joy of Jewish Dance
10:00 am – 11:30 am

With Bruce Bierman & Gilberto Melendez
Thursday, September 24 10 – 11:30am

Tickets
• Chochmat Members $15
• General Public $20
• Pay What You Can – If the ticket price is beyond your reach, we still want you to come!
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the class, 2 hours before the class, and again , …

Tsofeem – Preparing the Way (3rd – 7th)
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

3rd-4th, Thursdays 4 – 4:45pm
5th – 7th, Thursdays 4 – 5pm
Part of the Youth & Family Program
Register

Blow the Shofar! Shout Out to The New Year!
Join us for the inauguration of our weekly zoom program for 3rd – 7th grade.

This month Tsofeem and Mentors will learn how to blow and make a shofar, lear

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Snuggle with Torah (K-2nd)
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursdays 
4 – 4:30pm

 

Kids of all ages gather together with the youth mentors for opening prayers and then the Kindergarten – 2nd graders will join Ava to curl up and listen to Torah stories from Genesis that are read in the new year. Your child is invite
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Teshuva and Reparations: A Vision for This Time
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

with Dr. David Ragland, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, and Benjamin Mertz
Thursday, September 24 @ 6:30pm PST

co-sponsored by JCCSF, The Truth Telling Project, The Community of Living Traditions, Boston Worker’s Circle, WAYS OF PEACE Community Resources, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, JeWitch Collective, and Tzedek

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Shabbat Shuva
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

with Jhos Singer, Julie Batz, and Lior Tsarfaty
Friday, September 25 @ 5:30 – 6:30pm
RSVP to get the Zoom link


RSVP

The Shabbat that falls between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuva – the Shabbat of Return. It marks a resting point during our 10-day journey of the

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Torah Study
9:30 am – 11:00 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 d

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An Evening with Anne Lamott
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In conversation with Jhos Singer
Saturday, September 26 @ 7:30pm PST
cosponsored by Book Passage

$9 Chochmat Members
$9 Book Passage newsletter subscribers
$18 General Public

Buy Tickets

Anne will read from her forthcoming book Dusk Night Dawn, exploring the hills and valleys of the spiritual path.

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Yom Kippur for Tots
10:00 am – 10:45 am

Sunday, September 27 @ 10am
with Jen Miriam, Alon Altman, and Raizel the Camel
for kids ages 0-5 and their grown-ups

Tickets
Get tickets here >>
$5 – Chochmat members
$10 – General Public
Youth program members – this is included in the program and you will be automatically enrolled.

Puppetry is a p

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A Sefardic Yom Kippur for Youth & Families
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Keys of the Heart: A Story to Teach us About Jewish Self Love and the unexpected guardians of tradition.
Sunday, September 27 @ 4pm on Zoom

Tickets Youth Program – Included in the cost of the program (you will automatically be sent the Zoom link)
Chochmat Members – $5
General Public – $10

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Erev Yom Kippur 5781
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Together in the Unknown
Ask bold questions …. Enter the mystery …. Explore vibrant community

Erev Yom Kippur | Sunday, September 27 @ 6pm
with Jhos Singer, Julie Batz, and Lior Tsarfaty
Additional music by Shira Kammen and Michaelle Goerlitz
Livestreamed from the Chochmat Courtyard

Not a member? 



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Yom Kippur Morning with Joanna Macy
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
TOGETHER IN THE UNKNOWN
Ask bold questions …. Enter the mystery …. Explore vibrant community

Yom Kippur Morning | Monday, September 28 @ 10:30am
with Joanna Macy, Naomi Newman, Laura Goldman, Jeffrey Kessler, and Lior Tsarfaty

Additional music by Shira Kammen and Michaelle Goerlitz
Livestreamed from the Chochm , …

Teshuvah, Torah, and a Schmooze
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Community Conversations
Monday, September 28 @ 2:30pm

RSVP for Zoom link

What Does It Mean to Pray (Tefillah)?

One of the highlights of our High Holy Days has always been the personal connections among people and the deep sense of community that is created when we pray together. We are deeply sadd

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Yizkor & Neilah 5781
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Together in the Unknown
Ask bold questions …. Enter the mystery …. Explore vibrant community

Yizkor and Neilah | Monday, September 28 @ 5:30pm
with Jhos Singer, Julie Batz, and Lior Tsarfaty 
Additional music by Shira Kammen and Michaelle Goerlitz
Livestreamed from the Chochmat Courtyard

Not a member? Suggest

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Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mondays – 7 – 8:30pm
by donation
On Zoom

SCHEDULE
1st Mondays –  Jeffrey Kessler
2nd Mondays – Jhos Singer
3rd Mondays – Daniella Salzman
4th Mondays –  Jueli Garfinkle

DESCRIPTION
Want to see God (or at least It’s shadow)? Lower your blood pressure? Manage your spiritual confusion? Connect




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Meditation of Presence
8:15 am – 9:00 am

Jeffrey Kessler
Wednesdays – 8:15 am-9:00 am

Click here to join us on Zoom! 

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 liste

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Sketch & Sip
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 30 @ 7pm
A Zoom event with Maggid Jhos Singer
Free – RSVP here
Presented by JCCSF, cosponsored by Covenant Wines and Chochmat HaLev

An artist-led virtual session where you can uncork your creativity and a great wine
featuring 2017 RED C Red

Sketching is said to quiet the mind and calm the



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