KABBALAH/ HAVDALAH – Chanukah Edition!

Saturday, December 9th, 7:30 pm (in-person only).

Chochmat HaLev is teaming up with LABA BAY: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture to present KABBALAH / HAVDALAH, a drop-in Kabbalah course taught in LABA’s open-to-all-the-possibilities teaching style held at Chochmat HaLev. LABA Bay faculty and GTU professor Sam Shonkoff will be leading the innovative study session, which will be followed by a group-led Havdalah ceremony.  In honor of Chanukah, we will be exploring themes of dark and light.  Everyone is invited to bring menorahs to light together.  Harpist, Jennifer Ellis, another LABA artist will also be performing.
Attendees are free to get up, move their bodies, and grab a cup of tea or wine during the evening.  Sufganiyot from Grand Bakery will be provided. Feel free to contribute to the beverage or food offerings by bringing something.**
Please note: this will be the last session in this series. No experience required.
Suggested donation (sliding scale): $18/$25/$36

Sam Shonkoff is Taube Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and a faculty member at LABA BAY. His scholarship focuses on Jewish spirituality, particularly in German-Jewish, Hasidic, and neo-Hasidic realms. He is co-editor (with Ariel Mayse) of Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World and the editor of Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy.

LABA uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, culture, conversation, and community. By presenting Judaism’s rich literary and intellectual tradition in a free and creative setting, these fertile stories and ideas spark new thought and creative work. The output from our laboratory hubs push the boundaries of what Jewish culture can be and what Jewish texts can teach.

Committed to shifting the boundaries of harp performance, Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) thoroughly enjoys taking the harp off its pedestal to use the instrument in new and unexpected ways. She has premiered over 100 works. A 2022 LABA Fellow and Alice Chalifoux Prize awardee, her love for innovative new music has led her to serve as a featured performer around the world. A dedicated educator, she has given dozens of master classes and workshops and she teaches at Mills at Northeastern and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


**Note – this is a kosher-style kitchen. Please do not bring pork, shellfish, or other non-kosher foods into the facility. We prefer meals to be dairy/fish based. If you are planning on serving chicken or beef, or if you have any questions about what is appropriate to serve, please contact us.


Dec 09 2023


7:30 pm
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