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February 2019

26February
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Daniel Matt Wisdom of the Kabbalah: Ancient Teachings and Contemporary Spirituality

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR! Tuesdays February 19, 26 and March 5, 2019 - 6:30-8:00pm This is a three-session class. No drop-ins. $85 General Public, $65 Members of CHL In this three-session course, explore how Kabbalah reimagines transcendence as Divine presence and how it can enrich our lives. Aspects to be covered include: Ein Sof (as Infinity), Ayin (as mystical Nothingness), Shekhinah (as the feminine half of God), the mystical meaning of Torah, and “raising the sparks” (discovering Divine presence in the material world). The class will use texts of Kabbalah translated by Daniel Matt, including selections from the Zohar, the masterpiece of Kabbalah. Daniel Matt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah and the Zohar. He taught at the Graduate Theological Union for twenty years. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah (translated into seven languages) and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality. Recently Daniel completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar, the masterpiece of Jewish mysticism. This work, consisting of nine volumes was published by Stanford University Press and is entitled The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. This annotated translation has been hailed as “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”   TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

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March 2019

02March
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Family Learning Day with Miriam Kanani

Saturday March 2, 2019 - 10:00am-1:00pm Join us for an exploration of the Exodus story: The Israelites cross the parting sea! Deepen your home and havurah Shabbat experience with songs about Sabbath and havdalah that reflect Jewish tradition’s love of freedom. Explore beautiful midrash teachings about Crossing the Sea and build upon our trust walk experience with more games that help us navigate life’s journeys with joy. Age appropriate activities with the wonderful educational staff including Jesse Sachs who will guide Tsofeem in completion of the Torah Yad. Miriam Kanani holds a Multi-Subject California Teaching Credential and has a Higher Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Miriam has brought her love of Judaism and children to Gan Shalom,Tehiyah Day School, Camp Limmud, Tawonga, Congregation Beth El and Blissful Berkeley Camp. She is a singer, educator and Jewish ritual leader. We are thrilled to host her at Chochmat Halev.   Free for Urban Shtetl members CHL members: $30 per household, $40 at door. General public: $40 per person, $50 at the door. var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ // Required widgetType: 'checkout', eventId: '54678193950', iframeContainerId: 'eventbrite-widget-container-54678193950', // Optional iframeContainerHeight: 425, // Widget height in pixels. Defaults to a minimum of 425px if not provided onOrderComplete: exampleCallback // Method called when an order has successfully completed });

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05March
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Daniel Matt Wisdom of the Kabbalah: Ancient Teachings and Contemporary Spirituality

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR! Tuesdays February 19, 26 and March 5, 2019 - 6:30-8:00pm This is a three-session class. No drop-ins. $85 General Public, $65 Members of CHL In this three-session course, explore how Kabbalah reimagines transcendence as Divine presence and how it can enrich our lives. Aspects to be covered include: Ein Sof (as Infinity), Ayin (as mystical Nothingness), Shekhinah (as the feminine half of God), the mystical meaning of Torah, and “raising the sparks” (discovering Divine presence in the material world). The class will use texts of Kabbalah translated by Daniel Matt, including selections from the Zohar, the masterpiece of Kabbalah. Daniel Matt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah and the Zohar. He taught at the Graduate Theological Union for twenty years. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah (translated into seven languages) and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality. Recently Daniel completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar, the masterpiece of Jewish mysticism. This work, consisting of nine volumes was published by Stanford University Press and is entitled The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. This annotated translation has been hailed as “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”   TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

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17March
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

A Radical Rabbi Nachman Revival – March 17th, 2019

A Gathering & Book Launch for Howard Schwartz’s New Title,
A Palace of Pearls: The Stories of Rab Nachman Featuring Music & Storytelling with:
Rabbi Lynn Gottleib, Arik Labowitz, Miriam Raziel Kanani,
Maggid Jhos Singer and illustrator Zann Jacobrown
Join us for a memorable evening of community, stories, songs, art and chai tea!

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19March
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

THE ART OF MUSSAR: A Study & Practice Group Blending Mussar and Expressive Arts

Tuesdays, March 19, April 2, 16, 30 - 7:15pm - 8:45pm Location: Chochmat HaLev The study and practice of Mussar offers a powerful tool for personal growth and transformation. Its focus on tikkun middot, the refinement of character, enables us to ground our spiritual aspirations and live a life of joy and personal integrity. Tikkun middot is a practice shared by both Jewish mystics and mussar masters alike. It involves deepening self-awareness (cheshbon ha’nefesh), building spiritual muscle in the areas where we are challenged and mastering reactive, habitual patterns. The group, led by Estelle Frankel with occasional guest artists will blend text study with guided meditation, journaling, poetry and expressive arts. The curriculum for the 4-sessions will draw upon the following middot: humility, courage, faith/trust, equanimity, patience/perseverance, compassion, generosity, honesty. Register here

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20March
Urban Adamah, 1151 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710 United States

PURIM LIKE IT’S 5779!

On this night we’ll celebrate the brave people who stood up to tyranny, while savoring each word of Megillat Esther and losing ourselves in its cast of characters. Children and families will experience our famous Purim party puppet pals. When our voices are hoarse and grogger-hands tired from drowning out the H-word, we’ll dance ourselves silly into the night.

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April 2019

02April
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

THE ART OF MUSSAR: A Study & Practice Group Blending Mussar and Expressive Arts

Tuesdays, March 19, April 2, 16, 30 - 7:15pm - 8:45pm Location: Chochmat HaLev The study and practice of Mussar offers a powerful tool for personal growth and transformation. Its focus on tikkun middot, the refinement of character, enables us to ground our spiritual aspirations and live a life of joy and personal integrity. Tikkun middot is a practice shared by both Jewish mystics and mussar masters alike. It involves deepening self-awareness (cheshbon ha’nefesh), building spiritual muscle in the areas where we are challenged and mastering reactive, habitual patterns. The group, led by Estelle Frankel with occasional guest artists will blend text study with guided meditation, journaling, poetry and expressive arts. The curriculum for the 4-sessions will draw upon the following middot: humility, courage, faith/trust, equanimity, patience/perseverance, compassion, generosity, honesty. Register here

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