House Party 2019

Chochmat’s Annual House Party (Gone Virtual)

Lev is Hebrew for Heart

Sunday, July 12, 6 – 7:15pm
on Zoom – RSVP to get the link

Reconnect with the heart of Chochmat HaLev!  Our virtual House Party is a chance to bond with old friends from Chochmat and meet people new to the community.

Join us as we immerse ourselves in our tradition by exploring the wisdom of Pirkei Avot (Rabbinic ethical teachings). This year, as Covid and the Black Lives Matter movement call upon us to re-examine our hearts, we will delve into the quality of friendship and community with text, conversation and reflection.

We welcome everyone who loves community and seeks spiritual connection to our virtual House Party.

  • Original music with Chochmat member Mary Fineman
  • Words of welcome with Jeffrey Kessler
  • Facilitated small-group discussions of a few lines of Talmudic wisdom from Pirkei Avot related to friendship and community.

Community Facilitators

Inette Dishler
Inette has been an active member of Chochmat Halev for over 18 years. She served on the Board for 4 years and has served on numerous committees including strategic planning and hiring committees. She is always the Head Usher for High Holy Days and will miss getting to hug all of you this year! She has just retired from a 20-year career at UC Berkeley as a learning and development professional.

Kenny Shea Dinkin
Kenny, the grandson of an Orthodox rabbi, was raised in New York where he studied 13 years in Yeshiva. Award-winning game designer, songwriter, and creative director, he is a 25-year veteran of the Video Game industry.  Best known for games with memorable characters and stories, Kenny currently heads up Narrative Design and Story Development for King (Activision/Blizzard) and Candy CrushHe plays in the Oakland-based rock band, The Secret Identities.  

Lee Safran
Lee  (she/her) served on the Chochmat Board of Directors and both her daughters became Bat Mitzvah in this community. She has a psychotherapy practice and has worked in perinatal health for many years. Lee finds great sustenance from hiking in the woods, a dance practice, connection with friends and family, and now protesting in the streets! She lives in Kensington with her husband, two daughters (repatriated since Covid), two cats, and a dog

Miriam Smolover
Miriam received her certification as a Morah L’Hitbodidut/Jewish Meditation Teacher from Chochmat HaLev in 2003. She leads Kol HaLev/Voice of the Heart, a monthly chanting meditation group. Miriam has a private practice as a holistic psychotherapist and is the clinic manager of California Institute of Integral Studies Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. Miriam’s discussion group will have a queer focus.

Peggy Berger
In addition to having an M.S. in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling and a 5th degree black belt in Aikido, Peggy is certified in The Feldenkrais Method, Being in Movement mind-body training, and Laban Movement Analysis. As co-founder of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies and Aikido of Columbus, Peggy had a private practice in movement and bodywork, developed workshops in Power and Sensitivity for women with a history of sexual abuse, and facilitated Authentic Movement groups. Her passion is helping people discover the power and magic of listening to and being guided by the wisdom of their bodies.


Jul 12 2020


6:00 am - 7:15 pm