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August 2019

25August
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Before the Ecstasy, the Laundry

A Pre-High Holiday, Hands-on Workshop to Make Your Own Natural Household Cleaning Products with Taly Rutenberg Cost: $100 All proceeds go to Chochmat HaLev Registration: Contact us at shalom@chochmat.org to reserve and pay for your spot Only 12 spots available! As Elul approaches, we turn our attention to the ways we can change in our lives – spiritually, emotionally, and physically – in the coming year. Using the material world as a gateway for spiritual growth, this workshop will teach you how to make your own natural, non-toxic household cleaning products.  Over the course of an afternoon, we will learn to make laundry detergent, liquid dish soap, all-purpose spray, and hand soap, all satisfying to use and wonderful smelling (or unscented, if you prefer.)  Participants will take home the products they make in sustainable containers. In the process, we will be building on a core teaching of Judaism – ba’al tashchit (do not waste) – which forms the foundation of Jewish environmental action.  Doing this before the holidays will prepare us for the year ahead with a daily activity that can become a practice, promoting health and well-being for you, your family and the planet. Along the way, we’ll connect with friends, learn how to use less plastic and reduce the toxic load of commercial housecleaning products going into the environment. All materials and snacks will be provided, and all profits from the workshop will go directly to support Chochmat HaLev. Taly Rutenberg, LCSW is a member of Chochmat HaLev and a social worker and psychotherapist in private practice in Berkeley.  Inspired by the waste-free movement, she has reduced her family’s plastic consumption by 90%.  One of the most satisfying elements of this change has been making her own household cleaning products from natural ingredients, including vinegars infused with locally…

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

Two Contemplative Evenings of Meditation

With Jueli Garfinkle August 26 Intimacy and Connection 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CHL Sanctuary   September 23 Return to Presence/Teshuva 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CHL Sanctuary   Prepare for the High Holidays by joining the contemplative community at Chochmat HaLev for two intimate evenings of meditation, chant, and sharing. The month preceding Rosh Hashana provides greater personal access to the Divine than at any other time of year. Join us as we begin the transformative journey of welcoming the Jewish new year of 5780. Led by Jueli Garfinkle, both evenings will offer accessible meditations to help open your heart, connect to the Divine, and initiate a meaningful High Holiday experience. Teachings are based in the Jewish mystical tradition and calendar, and include meaningful everyday practices to cultivate presence, joy, and connection. No previous experience necessary (really!). Please come!Jueli Garfinkle leads ongoing meditation groups, workshops, and retreats throughout the Bay Area, as well as meets one-on-one with individuals. Jueli has been teaching Jewish meditation and mysticism since 2004 and holds academic degrees in communications and psychology.

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September 2019

03September
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Crash Flex: a Jewish spin on surviving crisis.

With Maggid Jhos Singer The month of Elul leads us to the Days of Awe when we ponder how to become the best version of ourselves. We all know that life is filled with disappointments, betrayals, disasters and catastrophes; some people become hardened by these experiences while others resiliently carry on. What accounts for the multiple human responses we have to these upsets? Maggid Jhos Singer will give his spin on Rabbi Benay Lappe’s “Crash Theory”, a Jewishly infused paradigm for how to not only survive, but how to thrive in the face of a crash. Come explore this new way to think about old problems, and prepare yourself to enter the days of awe with consciousness, creativity, and care. $5 for CHL Members $15 for general public

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04September
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Wednesday meditations

With Jeffrey Kessler 4 Wednesdays — September 4, 11, 18, 25 — 8:15 - 9:00 am — in the Sanctuary In Meditation of Presence, the Kavanah (intention) is for us to become more fully present and spacious, more deeply connected to ourselves and each other, and more alive to the Divine Presence throughout the world. During the month of Elul, Meditation of Presence will be devoted to preparing ourselves for the High Holy Days. Themes will include:  Dwelling in Essence, Blessing and Curse, Teshuvah and Shalom, and Cultivating the Heart of Compassion. Suggested donation $18 Everyone's Welcome — No Experience NecessaryJeffrey Kessler is a long-time practitioner of Meditation, Tai-Chi Chuan, and Chi Gong.  He's been leading Meditation and Contemplative Services at Chochmat HaLev for many years, and is currently serving as Board President.

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08September
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Kol Demama Dakah: Listening for the Call

With Rabbi Dorothy Richman Sundays, September 8, 15, and 22 6:30-8:30 pm.  No drop-ins This Jewish Meditation Intensive will take place during Elul, the Hebrew month preceding Rosh Hashanah. This is a time in the Jewish spiritual calendar for soul-searching and self-evaluation.  We will create space to reflect on our experiences and behaviors in the year gone by and prepare ourselves to embody change and transformation in the year to come. Guided by Rabbi Dorothy Richman, this High Holy Day Intensive will include the spiritual practices of meditation, Torah study, chant, and our own inner knowing as we prepare body and spirit for the High Holy Day season. Participants commit to working with a hevruta partner and to a personal meditation practice during the period of the Intensive. $75 for Chochmat HaLev Members $85 for Makor Or members $125 for general public Dorothy Richman serves as the rabbi of Makor Or: Jewish Meditation Center and is a founding faculty member of the new Romemu Yeshiva.  Dorothy recently released an album of  original songs, Something of Mine, largely based on texts from the Jewish tradition.

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10September
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Yud: ‘The Little Letter That Holds Much’
A Moving Elul Experience

With Bruce Bierman In this playful movement workshop with music, we will explore the healing tradition of focusing ones attention on specific Hebrew letters. Each Hebrew month is connected with a particular letter and the last month of Elul is associated with the smallest of all the letters—Yud—‘the little letter that holds much’. Through dance 'midrash' (improvisational inquiry), we will dig deeper into the secret powers of Yud (and Elul) with our whole body and tap into its momentum from a small pinpoint of potential---into the pure energetic motion forward we need to enter the New Year! All backgrounds and faiths welcomed and no experience needed. Please wear comfortable clothing to ‘move forward’ in. $5 for Chochmat HaLev members $15 for general publicBruce Bierman is a celebrated Jewish dance master, teaching artist and award winning theater director throughout the Bay Area and beyond. He directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed ‘The Megillah of Itzik Manger (Berkeley Jewish Music Festival) and ‘Shanghai Angel’ (Contemporary Jewish Museum). Most recently Bruce served as dance dramaturge for two productions of the Tony award winning ‘Indecent’ (Arena Stage & Oregon Shakespeare Festival). He was a leading performer and teacher with the renowned Aman Folk Ensemble and is on the teaching faculty of the Stagebridge Theater Company in Oakland. Bruce is also a performer with the Dandilion Dancetheater. For more info on events and classes please contact Bruce at: jewishdance@yahoo.com

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11September
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Wednesday meditations

With Jeffrey Kessler 4 Wednesdays — September 4, 11, 18, 25 — 8:15 - 9:00 am — in the Sanctuary In Meditation of Presence, the Kavanah (intention) is for us to become more fully present and spacious, more deeply connected to ourselves and each other, and more alive to the Divine Presence throughout the world. During the month of Elul, Meditation of Presence will be devoted to preparing ourselves for the High Holy Days. Themes will include:  Dwelling in Essence, Blessing and Curse, Teshuvah and Shalom, and Cultivating the Heart of Compassion. Suggested donation $18 Everyone's Welcome — No Experience NecessaryJeffrey Kessler is a long-time practitioner of Meditation, Tai-Chi Chuan, and Chi Gong.  He's been leading Meditation and Contemplative Services at Chochmat HaLev for many years, and is currently serving as Board President.

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