Wednesday, September 23
(please arrive early so we can begin in silence at 10:00)
For those who are drawn to a quiet and more spacious Yom Kippur experience, this year we again offer a Contemplative Service on Yom Kippur morning. This is an opportunity for those who seek focused time and stillness in order to do the internal work of T’shuvah. The service includes Meditation, Teachings, Chanting and Zikr.
This service is free to members. For the general public, this service is included in regular Yom Kippur tickets; Ticket purchase information here. No one is turned away from Chochmat services for lack of funds.
If you are not a member of Chochmat HaLev and are purchasing your ticket on Yom Kippur day, please plan to arrive fifteen – twenty minutes early so we can start in silence at 10:00.
Estelle is a practicing psychotherapist and spiritual advisor who blends depth psychology with the healing wisdom and spiritual practices of the Kabbalah. Ordained as a Mashpiah-Maggidah by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Estelle has taught Jewish mysticism in Israel and throughout the U.S. for over thirty years and is currently on the faculty of Chochmat HaLev and Lehrhaus Judaica in Berkeley, Ca. Estelle is a popular public speaker who has been hosted by many institutions including: the Cape Cod Institute, University of Judaism (L.A.), Academy of Jewish Religion, Naropa’s Wisdom University (Oakland, Ca.), Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, New York Open Center, and the 92nd St. Y in NYC. She offers continuing education for therapists on Kabbalah as Sacred Psychology and has published numerous essays that have been published by academic journals and popular magazines. She is the author of Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing and Inner Wholeness (Shambhala).
Laura is a psychotherapist and spiritual director in private practice in Berkeley. She teaches meditation and Mussar throughout the Bay Area, as well as leading contemplative worship at Chochmat HaLev. She is influenced and inspired by multiple faith traditions, and is particularly interested in the areas where they overlap and intersect. Along with Jeffrey Kessler, Laura has been leading Contemplative Shabbat Services and meditation classes at Chochmat Ha Lev and teaching Mussar for several years.
Jeffrey is a longtime practitioner and teacher of meditation, Tai-Chi, and Chi Gung, who also does individual Somatic Therapy and Body-Based Spiritual Direction. Along with Laura Goldman, Jeffrey has been leading Contemplative Shabbat Services and meditation classes at Chochmat HaLev and teaching Mussar for several years.
Dr. Ibrahim Faraje (Ibrahim Baba) is Provost and Acting President of the Starr King School of the Graduate Theological Union where he is also Senior Research Analyst in the Center of Islamic Studies of which he was one of the founders. He has worked closely for years with the GTU Centre for Jewish Studies and serves as a consultant for students working on Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish issues. He developed the Andalusia Project for the Starr King School, whereby Jewish, Christian, Unitarian Universalist, Muslim students and others study their interconnected histories and traditions together. He is also a spiritual teacher and guide (Pir/Shaykh) in the Ajmeri Chishti tradition and has spiritual students in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Israel/Palestine, Turkey, and India. He is a member of Chochmat HaLev and serves on the Chevra Kadisha.