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July 2017
31July
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

The Purpose and Power of the Lament, Sacred Study with Rabbi Goldie Milgram, Reb Goldie

The Aquarian Minyan Invites You Monday, July 31. 2017 - 7:00-8:20pm Location: Chochmat HaLev As humans we express our suffering by lamenting--with tears, with cynicism or humor, with silence, with a shrug, or a sigh. Our Jewish culture embraces the lament with our music, our prayers, our sacred texts, and the wisdom of our sages. In this workshop we will study the Trauma-Healing sequence developed by Dr. Barry Bub as a way to understand the anguished How(l) of Eichah, the Book of Lamentations chanted on Tisha b'Av. Then, we will partner with each other to create a stanza of our own laments and see what emerges. Cost $20, $10 to members of Aquarian Minyan, Chochmat HaLev, and Kehilla. No one turned away for lack of funds. Registration Coming. CoSponsors: Chochmat HaLev & Kehilla Community SynagogueRabbi Goldie Milgram is a specialist in the fields of Jewish experiential and spiritual education. She is best known as the "rebbe-on-the-road," for her travels world-wide as a seeker and teacher of Torah, Jewish spiritual practices. "Reb Goldie" founded (2000) and heads the 501C3 non-profit Reclaiming Judaism, serves as editor-in-chief for Reclaiming Judaism Press, and in 2014 founded a three-year distance-learned training program for Jewish educators titled Jewish Spiritual Education (JSE): Maggid-Educator Training. Her publications are numerous, beginning with Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice: Holy Days and Shabbat (Jewish Lights Publishing.) She last visited the Aquarian Minyan in 2005, and we are very excited to welcome her back.

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31July
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Tisha B’Av Service

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 8:30-9:45pm ​The  Traditional Brief and Meager "Meal of Separation" followed by ​a Candlelight ​Tisha b'Av Service ​with Rabbi Goldie Milgram and Leyners ​ Tisha B'Av reveals something believed to be inseparable that became separated. The Meal of Separation consists of a glass of water, a piece of bread, and hard-boiled egg dipped in ashes​ and is a traditional prelude to this day of mourning​,​and fasting ​for those who are able. We will continue with this day's traditions within the Jewish cycle of spiritual healing with a contemplative ​​service by candle light ​which includes chanting of Eichah, the Book of Lamentations​. ​Suggestions: ​Fasting? Have your regular dinner before arriving​. Bring something for sitting upon the floor​ and a flashlight to read by. Dress simply. Chairs will be available for those who need them. CoSponsors: Chochmat HaLev & Kehilla Community SynagogueRabbi Goldie Milgram is a specialist in the fields of Jewish experiential and spiritual education. She is best known as the "rebbe-on-the-road," for her travels world-wide as a seeker and teacher of Torah, Jewish spiritual practices. "Reb Goldie" founded (2000) and heads the 501C3 non-profit Reclaiming Judaism, serves as editor-in-chief for Reclaiming Judaism Press, and in 2014 founded a three-year distance-learned training program for Jewish educators titled Jewish Spiritual Education (JSE): Maggid-Educator Training. Her publications are numerous, beginning with Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice: Holy Days and Shabbat (Jewish Lights Publishing.) She last visited the Aquarian Minyan in 2005, and we are very excited to welcome her back.

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August 2017
27August
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Merissa Nathan Gerson – Is That Really a Sin?

Sunday August 27, 2017 - 7:00pm Looking at historically heternormative and often sexist Jewish sexual laws this talk queers Torah, revisiting the ancient through a modern lens. Learn what traditional Judaism says about your love life, your sex life, your body and more, and how to read the ancient into the modern with love, acceptance, and understanding. Merissa Nathan Gerson consulted with the writer's room at Amazon's hit show, Transparent, where she shared her research at the Graduate Theological Union here in Berkeley, California. Her focus on sex and gender with professor Naomi Seidman, and on inherited trauma, with Stefania Pandolfo, helped form the story arc of season two. A writer and educator her work appears in The Atlantic, LIlith, Refinery29, Playboy and beyond and she speaks on sex, Judaism, and the inheritance of trauma and memory nationwide. $20 Members of Chochmat HaLev $25 General Public Powered by Eventbrite

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30August
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

A Chorus for the Days of Awe

With Jewlia Eisenberg Wednesdays 7pm 8/30, 9/6, 9/13 We are looking for people excited about being in a pop-up chorus, to help lead songs during the High Holy Days. There will be niggunim, traditional liturgy in Hebrew, and American psalmody.  All words transliterated. All voices welcome, come by and sing! And bring your friends—this chorus only exists if more than six people are interested.  It’s like a magic flower! Powered by Eventbrite

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31August
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Sanctuary: A room of One’s own

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 7:00pm Where do we find “safe space”? How does Judaism understand the notion of Sanctuary? Is there a there there? The Holy of Holies was entered once a year, on Yom Kippur, by the High Priest. None of these places or positions even exist in our world, and yet human beings crave being in a sacred place at sacred times. In this class we will explore the many ways that sacred space is created in Jewish culture and spiritual practice. From the origin story of the temple and its inner sanctum to contemporary practices, we have retained the idea that some places, spaces and gatherings can be protective, nurturing and mystical. Maggid Jhos will riff on some of the traditional language and imagery used to describe Kodesh HaKodashim, the heart of the sanctuary; together we will explore some core texts elaborating on these unique spaces; and we will apply these ideas to our own lived reality. You are invited to bring a photograph of a place that you consider to be a sanctuary as part of our discussion. No Hebrew knowledge necessary, but it’s always a plus! CHL members – free General Public - $15 Powered by Eventbrite

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