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Yom Kippur

The day begins with a contemplative service, led by Lior Tsarfaty, Jeffrey Kessler, and featuring teachings with special guests James Baraz (co-founder of Spirit Rock) and Traveling Jewish Theater co-founder Naomi Newman. Beautiful chants, extended periods of silence, deep wisdom. Special musical guest: Shayk Issa Nessim Baba. 

Energetic Profile: Spacious, deep, still, profound.


Yom Kippur Afternoon -Torah service and musaf, similar to the first day of RH.

Energetic profile: Deep, tradition-based and powerful.


Afternoon study groups (3: 00 – 4:00 pm–check the schedule for topics) 


Yizkor/Memorial service (4:45 pm): This service is composed of liturgy, chant, and the sharing of stories by members of our community who have had lost family members in the past year. It is a tribute to our loved ones and an affirmation of the power of memory.

Energetic Profile: Intimate, personal, introspective, memorial.


Neilah (6:30pm): The gates are closing…final prayers and reflections…building to an exuberant release of energy (music, dance) to reflect on the deep work done and to celebrate the excitement of entering a new year. A break-the-fast is served following the service.

Energetic Profile: High and deep, celebratory, revelatory.


October 9


First Presbyterian Church
2407 Dana Street
Berkeley, CA United States

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