Elul Classes

The month of Elul is a time for preparation for the High Holy Days, a time to begin the process of teshuva, or returning.   During this month, we traditionally spend time in self-reflection and consideration of where we have been and where we are heading. We can start our inner work through a variety of offerings by the wonderful spiritual teachers in our community.

ELUL/High Holidays Intensive with Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Sundays August 12 and 26, and September 2, Thursdays, September 13, 20, 27 – 6:30pm-8:30pm

Guided by Rabbi Dorothy Richman, the High Holy Day Intensive will explore spiritual practice, Torah, contemporary writings (including Rabbi Alan Lew’s This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared),  and our own knowing as we deepen our commitment to personal transformation and prepare for the High Holy day season.

Compassion and Repentance: Reaching in, Reaching out with Maggid Jhos Singer
Tuesday, August 14 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

The pre-eminent theme of the High Holy Days is “Tshuvah”, literally it means to return, restore or reply. In order to make tshuvah, then, we must first assess what has been lost, left behind, or asked. How do we approach this process without getting mired in shame, anger or guilt? How do we find the motivation to pave a path back to our core values, ethics or morals?  This class will explore ancient Jewish spiritual concepts and practices for living lives of realistic integrity and awareness. No Hebrew background needed.
Fee:  Free for Members, $20 for General Public

Thursday Morning Chanting & Meditation with Elul Poetry of Forgiveness with Zvi Bellin and Jen Roitman
Thursday, August 16, 23, 30 and September 6 – 8:00am-8:45am

During the month of Elul, to help bring ourselves and our relationships into alignment, in preparation for the High Holy Days we will bring poetry of forgiveness into our morning service. Start your day with chanting, meditation and reflection. In a warm and welcoming group we will chant our gratitude and prayers following the arc of the morning service. Includes Mourners Kaddish. All are welcome, no knowledge of prayers, music or Hebrew needed.

Creation Pageant Extravaganza with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Sunday, August 19 – 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Big Leaf Picnic Ground Tilden Park

Do you want to find out more about Urban Shtetl’s innovative youth and family programming? Do you want to be part of building a vibrant Jewish community in the city?
Join us for a sample program and learn how we combine learning and fun in celebration of Jewish life and community.

Preparing our Hearts for the New Year: A Workshop with Estelle Frankel
Thursday, August 23, 2018 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

The Jewish New Year is a special time for healing the soul. It is a time of spiritual pregnancy, when we have the power to re-imagine and re-align our lives with our highest aspirations. In this workshop we will explore the deeper meaning of the High Holiday rituals and liturgy through contemplative study, guided meditation, and experiential exercises. Together, we will fine-tune our spiritual direction and sacred intentions for the coming year.

Chants of Our Hearts: A High Holy Day Chanting Circle with Lior Tsarfaty & Julie Batz

Thursday, August 30, 2018 – 7:30pm-9:00pm

Deep in the month of Elul, we will gather to prepare hearts, minds, and voices for the High Holy Days!
$15 CHL members
$20 General Public

Yoga for Renewal with Julie Emden
Sunday, September 16, 2018 – 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: 4th Street Yoga Studio 1809 – 4th Street Berkeley

Enter into the High Holy Day season with a gentle Iyengar-based yoga and movement practice, infused with wisdom teachings rooted in Jewish Mystical tradition. Discover your own sensing, moving body as a resource for presence, joy and calm while gaining a deeper connection to yourself on all levels- mind,body, heart and spirit- at this time of return and renewal on the Hebrew Calendar.
$25 General Public/ $20 Members of Co-sponsoring Organizations