Calendar

July 2024

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Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm
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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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Kabbalat Shabbat
6:00 pm

Friday, July 5, 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 Lior Tsarfaty and special guests

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

Potluck oneg after services, followed by HeartSpace. 

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/8781040


During service

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

After service

Please bring a delicious vegetarian contribution to our potluck oneg and schmooze with our beloved community!

Then join us for another special HeartSpace circle.  


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.

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Torah Study
9:30 am
7
8
Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm
9
10
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
Shabbat Morning Service
10:30 am
14
15
Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm
16
17
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
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Friday, July 19th, 6:00pm 
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. 

Service will start promptly at 6pm — 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


During service

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


After service

8pm HeartSpace – Featuring vibrant Klezmer music led by Solomon Alber and Band and interactive Jewish dance led by Bruce Bierman.  


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

Enjoy a delicious potluck oneg!  Please bring a vegetarian dish to share and come schmooze with our beloved community!  

8:00pm –  HeartSpace – This circle will include vibrant Klezmer music with Solomon Alber and Bruce Bierman leading interactive Jewish dance.

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
Havdalah Dance Jam!
7:00 pm

Saturday, July 20th, 7pm 

Havdalah Dance Jam!

Havdalah offers us the chance to mark the transition from Shabbat, a time of rest, into activity. This is an evening that celebrates the kinetic spirit of Chochmat Halev with joyful movement that will lead us out of Shabbat and into the bustle of our week. Through our collective energy and sweat we will invigorate the ritual of Havdalah with vibrant physicality.

Besides having a fun, shared experience, the goal of this evening is to introduce attendees to the ways in which we can use dance and movement as a lens to look at Torah and deepen our connections to Jewish spirituality. It will unfold in 3 parts: a facilitated conversation based on a selected Jewish text, Havdalah led by a member of the Chochmat community, and an hour of easy-to-follow dancing led by Amie Segal. 

This program is designed for experiential learners seeking to connect Jewish spirituality with embodied practice—those who want to cultivate and develop an understanding of the body that aligns with their Jewish values. Movers of all levels are welcome!

• Wear comfortable clothing you can move in.

• Eat dinner beforehand, snacks provided
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• Bring a water bottle.

• Kids are allowed with supervision and if the maturity level is appropriate.


Amie Segal is the founder of The Living Room, a Los Angeles based organization that hosts lively evenings of movement and dance that weave together Jewish ritual and thought. She created The Living Room to explore the idea of embodied Judaism—how a physical practice can build deeper connections that uplift Jewish spirituality. Amie has led Jewish movement programming for various LA Jewish institutions including IKAR, East Side Jews, SIJCC, Open Temple, NuRoots and Nefesh. She recently earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from CSUN. Her writing on movement and Judaism has been published in The Forward and the Jewish Journal. 

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Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm
23
24
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
Contemplative Shabbat – Saturday Morning
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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

Janet Falk and Jeffrey Kessler conduct 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 Community Care Circle, sponsored by Heart 2 Heart.

This Month Heart 2 Heart Chesed Care Circle and Art Committee invite you to join us in making simple gorgeous fabric postcards. We will send them out to Chochmat members who could use a bit of TLC to lift their day.

This first “Send a Heart” fabric postcard-making workshop requires NO sewing experience.

Just a wee bit of imagination. All materials will be supplied. Bring scissors and iron if you have them.

Questions? Contact workshop leaders

Nadine Rosenthal art@chochmat.org

Shelley Coleman heart@chochmat.org

This offering is free and in-person. No registration required. 

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

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Monday Night Meditation
7:00 pm
30
31
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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