Jewish-Sufi Kabbalat Shabbat with Special Guest Issa Nessim!

Cultivating the Wisdom of Our Hearts
with Zvika Krieger, Lior Tsarfaty, special guest Issa Nessim, and musicians Rachel Valfer & Miriam Peretz!

Friday, 7:00pm
In-person AND on Zoom

Meeting ID 826 946 797
Passcode 941869

Join Chochmat Halev service leaders and special guest Shaykh Issa Nessim for an in-person Jewish-Sufi Kabbalat Shabbat. Welcome shabbat with the ancient practices of prayers, dance and meditation. In this service, we will weave our beautiful Chochmat music with Sufi and Sephardic prayers. 

If you’re planning to attend in-person, please register in advance as COVID protocols may limit our amount of seating.

If you’re planning to attend via Zoom, the link is here:  FYI: Please know that this will be a scaled-down Zoom service (run by our administrative staff) compared to our usual offering (run by a technology professional).

We will not be having a potluck or HeartSpace meeting this week.
Event will start promptly at 7pm — please arrive a few minutes early to check in and be seated.

Issa Nessim is a long time Chochmat collaborator and a Sufi master musician. He carries the legacy of his father, Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajaje.
Issa has been playing at Chochmat HaLev since he was a teenager. A native of California, Issa spent ten years between there and Turkey as a young adult focusing on studying the rich tradition of Turkish Classical music, as well as learning Sufi music in the centuries-old Sufi lodges of Istanbul. Now a leader of his own services, he’s bringing his gentle wisdom and deep teaching back to Chochmat for a special Kabbalat Shabbat service. 

Miriam Peretz is an internationally celebrated dance instructor and performer. Over the past twenty years her signature dance style has spread across continents through her international dance collective Nava, and through the intensive training’s she offers worldwide. Miriam’s format draws heavily on sacred dances from around the world, Central Asian dance, devotional Sufi whirling and ritual. Her movement quality and aesthetics also incorporate her years of martial arts training, contemporary dance, Flamenco, and many other world dance forms. 

Rachel Velfar is a passionate singer and oud (Arabic lute) player who brings depth of feeling to every song. She studied Maqam and Persian dastgah modal systems in Israel and Palestine for six years at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and sings with several ensembles in the Bay Area. Gifted in the art of language, Rachel sings in Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi, Greek, Turkish, Ladino, and Armenian.

COVID Protocols
For indoor events, Chochmat HaLev requires masks which covers both your nose and mouth. N95, KN95, and double surgical are acceptable. Cloth masks of any kind are not acceptable.

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

CHL will include specific guidelines for those attending in person events on our website and in announcements regarding events. 

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.
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Join with video

Meeting ID 826 946 797
Passcode 941869

Join by phone  1-669-900-6833, 1-346-248-7799, 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 826 946 797
Passcode: 941869


Feb 10 2023


7:00 pm