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April 2017
29April
Lake Merritt Amphitheater, 12th St and Lake Merritt Blvd
Oakland, CA United States
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Join Chochmat’s Action Minyan at the People’s Climate Event

Saturday April 29, 2017 - 10:00am (new time)-5:00pm Location: Lake Merritt Amphitheater near 12th Street and Lake Merritt Blvd. Tikkun Olam — Heal the World. Chochmat folks meet at 10:00 a.m. (new time) to make signs and schmooze. At 11:00, (new time) we’ll join the interfaith service organized by Kehilla Community Synagogue. Full day of speaking, music and Hands Around the Lake-- schedule is here. More info here. RSVP email: actionminyan-green@chochmat.org. Chochmat Halev Action Minyan

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May 2017
01May
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Mind on the Move Qigong

Mind on the Move with Molly Barker Mondays April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 22, 29, June 5 - 6:00-7:15pm (no class May 15) Location: Chochmat HaLev Drop-in $15 Series $84 5 class pass $60 SPACIOUS SPINE As we walk and move and sit and stand, it is possible to have a feeling of spaciousness in the spine. Space and length in the spine allows energy to flow freely to our arms and legs, enlivens our movements, improves our concentration, and lightens our load. In this seven week series we will cultivate the feeling of a spacious spine with specific awareness activities and gentle qigong exercises which encourage the spine to lengthen and open. Powered by Eventbrite Molly Barker has trained in Qigong and body mechanics with Chris Fernie, founder of the Institute for Internal Transformation, since 2008. She has studied body alignment and healthy movement, independently and with many teachers, since 2003. Currently a student in the Hanna Somatics practitioner program, Molly is also training for her teacher certification in Peter Wayne’s Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi. From her many years as a practicing and teaching artist, she brings to Qigong a playful and searching mind. Qigong (chi gung) is a set of movement and meditation practices originating in China. It integrates awareness of body, breath, and mind to restore health and wholeness. Hanna Somatics is a common sense mind-body training that helps release chronic tension and awaken new movement patterns.

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02May
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
Rock in the Red Zone

The Chochmat HaLev Israel-Palestine Program presents the film: Rock in the Red Zone

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:00-9:30pm Location: Chochmat HaLev Rock in the Red Zone (2014) is a personal exploration into the lives of musicians in a conflict zone. Near Israel’s border with Gaza lies Sderot, a working class city of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East, pummeled by missiles for years. In underground bomb shelters, residents don’t just survive, they create music – a unique sound that transformed Israeli music, injecting Middle Eastern influences into Western beats. Filmmaker Laura Bialis encounters a creative community that demonstrates the power of artistic creation in perseverance. A facilitated discussion will follow the screening. Open to everyone, all perspectives are welcome. We hope you will attend! $5 suggested donation Facebook                    Trailer                    Movie website “A powerful snapshot of the “real” Israel that shies away from politics but unflinchingly focuses on the effects of politics on the lives of people viewers can’t avoid feeling connected to.” ­ Jerusalem Post “A moving portrait of a musical community that's managed to survive under far greater pressures than worrying about the next gig.” ­ Hollywood Reporter “Perpetually neglected by the government, Sderot's exotic sonic influences and political disaffection together inform a unique sound that has come to redefine Israeli pop.” ­ L.A. Times Questions? Jeffrey Kessler, email: yesh1021@yahoo.com CHL Israel-Palestine Program Mission Statement

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04May
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
Devotional Dance

Tai Chi

Thursdays: 5 - 6:30 pm. Jeffrey Kessler. Drawing on teachings from both Chinese and Jewish Mysticism, we cultivate embodied awareness through a variety of movement, breathing, and meditation practices. This ongoing class is designed to aid the development of vibrant health, inner strength, balance, and harmony. Jeffrey holds degrees in philosophy, mathematics and spiritual psychology. He is a long-time practitioner and teacher of Tai-Chi Chuan. A graduate of Chochmat HaLev’s Jewish Meditation Instructor’s Training program and a student of various traditions and psycho-physical systems, he is dedicated to the deepening of Jewish Spiritual practice.

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07May
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Dr. Avivah Zornberg

Dr. Avivah Zornberg Sunday, May 7,2017 - 7:00pm Location: Chochmat HaLev Isaac: Blindness and Blessing Isaac survives the Akeda - his Binding on an altar; he marries and fathers children. But what does it mean to survive death? In midrashic tradition, the trauma of the Binding induces in him a delayed blindness. With the help of midrashic, psychoanalytic and literary sources, we will explore the enigma of Isaac’s survival, and the ways this experience shapes his blind blessing of Jacob. $15 members of co-sponsoring organizations $20 general public Co-sponsored by: Kevah, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Beth El, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Urban Adamah. Thanks to Afikomen Judaica--Dr. Zornberg’s books (including her newest book: Moses: A Human Life) will be on sale at the event. Dr. Avivah Zornberg is one of the most dynamic and compelling interpreters of the Bible alive. She weaves together ideas from literature, secular philosophy, psychology and the ancient teachers’ take on the texts. It is entirely engaging and built for the 21st century. Powered by Eventbrite

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