Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, December 15th, 7:00pm 
(Only our first Fridays of the month will start early; this service will begin at the usual 7pm time)

Join Chochmat HaLev for a Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service, a mystical tradition full of embodied prayer, soulful singing, ecstatic dancing, guided meditation, sharing of ancestral wisdom, and connection in intergenerational community. This service will be lead by Zvika Krieger and Lior Tsarfaty!

Service will start promptly at 7pm — please arrive a few minutes early to check in and be seated.

After services join us for HeartSpace, with special guest Rabbi Lex Rofeberg. More details below.

If you’re planning to attend in-person, please register in advance.

If you’re planning to attend via Zoom, the link is here: https://zoom.us/j/87810404956
(Our Zoom capacity is limited to 100 attendees; be sure to log on early!)

Before service

6pm – Family and Community Potluck in the courtyard!

During service

Childcare is available. Please register so we know you’re coming!

After service

Enjoy a delicious oneg and schmooze with our beloved community.

8:45pm – HeartSpace will meet in the courtyard.

This month’s HeartSpace topic is Jewish (Dis)continuity with Rabbi Lex Rofeberg:
“Jewish continuity” has become a central phrase in Jewish communities for multiple generations, frequently mobilized to defend the status quo in harmful ways. “Jewish Discontinuity” is a less common notion, but it may serve as a reminder of the ways in which we, and every generation, have the power (or responsibility?) to reshape Judaism in our time. Come consider questions of Jewish evolution and revolution together – building off of a Greek framework known as “the ship of Theseus” – over food and l’chaims (drinks/toasts). Yes, you read that right! We will be diving into some Greek wisdom the evening after Hanukkah ends. Heretical? Wonderful? Both? You decide. Expect a healthy dose of singing – featuring some classic Shabbat niggunim (melodies) alongside some tunes that may feel more surprising at a Jewish gathering. This one-two punch will help to productively disorient and discombobulate us, in our shared exploration of Jewish continuity and discontinuity.

Rabbi Lex Rofeberg is a Jewish educator and activist who works for Judaism Unbound, a digital, Jewish organization. He serves as co-host of the Judaism Unbound podcast and as Senior Jewish Educator for Judaism Unbound’s UnYeshiva, a digital center for Jewish learning and unlearning. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Judaic Studies from Brown University, serving as Brown RISD Hillel’s student president, and as a student representative on the board of Hillel International. He came to Judaism Unbound after a two-year Education Fellowship at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, based in Jackson, Mississippi. Lex received his certificate in Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement from Hebrew College and was ordained as a rabbi by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.

In his work with Judaism Unbound, Lex explores how American-Jewish life has been shifting in recent decades, along with how it continues to shift in our contemporary moment. In a practical sense, what that means is that he gets to spend his days thinking through big-picture Jewish topics – from the rapidly-growing ecosystem of digital Judaism, to the shifting dynamics of Jewish-and-interfaith families, to the intersection of Jewish experience with sports fandom. He has presented about these topics to Limmud gatherings, BBYO conventions, classrooms of rabbinical students, and others. He has written about them for publications that include JTA, MyJewishLearning, Jewish Currents, Sh’ma Journal, and New Voices.

Lex has been active in a variety of Jewish movements for justice, including IfNotNow and Never Again Action. He serves on the board of directors for Tikkun Olam Productions and Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations, and on the honorary board of Mitzvah Matzos.

COVID Protocols
Our Covid policy effective May 19th, 2023 is as follows:

Chochmat HaLev, in consultation with our medical advisor and based on community survey results, will discontinue masking requirements for attendance at events. Masks, although not required, are recommended. We understand people will need to make their own decisions about exposure and risk based on their own personal preferences, and health status.

Chochmat HaLev will provide passive ventilation (e.g., open windows and doors under the supervision of security-trained personnel) and other equipment as available.

Chochmat HaLev will include specific guidelines for those attending in person events on our website and in announcements regarding events.
Chochmat HaLev will provide seating adjacent to a window in an end-of-the-row seat to individuals upon request.

DO NOT attend an event at CHL:

if you are experiencing any potential symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness
if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days and have not had a negative antigen test on Day 6 or later
if you have had a known exposure to COVID-19 in the past 3-5 days
if a household member has tested positive in the last 10 days and has not had a negative test on Day 6 or later

Our Shabbat services are supported by donation. Each donation, small and large, allows us to continue with this offering.

Join with video https://zoom.us/j/87810404956

Meeting ID 878 1040 4956
Passcode 972073

Join by phone 1-669-900-6833, 1-346-248-7799, 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID 878 1040 4956
Passcode 972073
Notice: Our Zoom recordings are for archival purposes only, and therefore are not available to the public.

By attending this event, you consent that recordings or photos of you may be used by Chochmat HaLev. If you have any questions, please contact shalom@chochmat.org.


Dec 15 2023


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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