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April 2018
29April
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

SVARA Traditionally Radical Bet Midrash

Sunday,April 29, 2018 - 10:30am-5:30pm Location: Chochmat HaLev SVARA IS BACK IN THE BAY! HAVE A FLING WITH US THIS SPRING Hey Queer Jew BAY-bes! (Get it?!) We've been pining over you since our last rendezvous, so we're coming back this April for another fling! Register now to save your spot (sliding scale $18-72) Join us for a full day of learning, SVARA-style: Talmud served up the old-fashioned way—hardcore, queer, and radically inclusive. We'll learn a complete Talmud text, start to finish, to complete memorization and with deep and total ownership. All you need to know is your alef-bet to do it! Really! Come with a friend to be your chevruta (study partner) or we’ll hook you up. Whether you’ve never learned Talmud before or you’re an advanced learner, SVARA’s bet midrash (learning community) is for you! All you need is the ability to decode your alef-bet (i.e. sound out your Hebrew letters), and you’ll be learning Talmud in the original Hebrew/Aramaic within your first hour. We guarantee it! PLEASE NOTE: The CRASH Talk is a prerequisite for learning in the SVARA Bet Midrash. Anyone who plans to attend Sunday’s day of learning and has not yet heard the CRASH Talk (in person!) should watch Benay’s ELI Crash Talk. What books do I need? We will provide you with everything you need in order to learn SVARA-style! If you have your own dictionaries for studying Talmud (A Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature, by Marcus Jastrow and The Practical Talmud Dictionary, by Yitzhak Frank) please bring them along! If you'd like to borrow these dictionaries for the day, please indicate this on your registration form. We’ll be learning from Masechet Sanhedrin, one of the tractates of the Talmud. If you have a copy…

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30April
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

700 Benches: Teshuvah – A Radically Inclusive SVARA-Style Beit Midrash

Mondays April 9, 16 and 23 - 7:00-9:00pm at Kehilla 1300 Grand Ave. Piedmont CA and Mondays April 30, May 7 and 14 - 7:00-9:00pm at Chochmat HaLev Come and learn about the origins of teshuvah – relational repair! $130 for members of Kehilla or Chochmat / $160 general ~ no one turned away for inability to pay. We’ll study the original texts in their original languages, Hebrew and Aramaic. While all texts are studied in the original Hebrew/Aramaic, no prior text experience is necessary. If you’re willing to try, we’ll help you to learn! You belong here if: You want to study Talmud in a multi-level, student-centered, queer-positive space; You know the Hebrew alef-bet and can sound out words, or you’re up for learning the alef-bet before April 9th (Kehillla is offering a 4-week class, at two different times, to help you get there – register here), or you’ve got more Hebrew/Aramaic skills/experience; You’re up for learning in traditional Yeshiva style, with a study partner/hevruta. We’ll help people with similar text skills to pair up, or you can register with a study partner if you already have one. You can commit to all six sessions. We know that unforeseen circumstances can arise, but it’s important that you plan to be at all six sessions. Each week builds on the work of the previous week, and it will be hard to catch up and participate fully if you miss a week. In addition, your hevruta depends on you for their learning as well! Faculty: Maggid Jhos Singer, Chochmat HaLev Congregational Leader Rabbi Dev Noily, Kehilla Senior Rabbi Rabbi Gray Myrseth, Kehilla School Director SAM Luckey, Kehilla Rabbinic Intern & Rabbinical student at Hebrew College Jenna Stover-Kemp, PhD Candidate in Hebrew Bible at UC Berkeley and Kehilla member REGISTER Here! All…

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May 2018
01May
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

CHOCHMAT COUNTS WEEK 5 –ETHICAL ACTION & SPIRITUAL HUMILITY

Tuesday May 1 - 7:00-9:00pm With Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb The spiritual realm of Hod is associated with the value of humility and the role of kohanot, the spiritual leaders who attend to ritual purification and ethical education. In the contemporary period, we often create a polarity between ritual purification and ethical action, but there was no such division in traditional Judaism. Understanding the dimensions of humility is critical to understanding Jewish spirituality as a fusion of ethical action and ritual prayer.  Join Rabbi Lynn for a mind bending exploration of humility that will open doors to a holistic view of Judaism. We will engage Jewish modalities of text study, sefirah meditation, dance and loving conversation. Childcare Provided with Advance Registration Register Now Powered by Eventbrite

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02May
Uc Theatre, 2036 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA United States

Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis Concert – Israel@70

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 8:00pm Location: UC Theatre 2036 University Ave. Berkeley The Jewish Federation of the East Bay presents a concert celebrating Israel at 70 featuring Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis. Israeli-Iraqi-Yemeni musician, Dudu Tassa, opened at Coachella and toured with Radiohead in 2017, and now is bringing his unique blend of Jewish and Arabic folk-rock to Berkeley. Thanks to the generosity of Taube Philanthropies, all proceeds from the concert will support Federation grantees in Israel. Tickets here. jfed.org/israelat70

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07May
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

700 Benches: Teshuvah – A Radically Inclusive SVARA-Style Beit Midrash

Mondays April 9, 16 and 23 - 7:00-9:00pm at Kehilla 1300 Grand Ave. Piedmont CA and Mondays April 30, May 7 and 14 - 7:00-9:00pm at Chochmat HaLev Come and learn about the origins of teshuvah – relational repair! $130 for members of Kehilla or Chochmat / $160 general ~ no one turned away for inability to pay. We’ll study the original texts in their original languages, Hebrew and Aramaic. While all texts are studied in the original Hebrew/Aramaic, no prior text experience is necessary. If you’re willing to try, we’ll help you to learn! You belong here if: You want to study Talmud in a multi-level, student-centered, queer-positive space; You know the Hebrew alef-bet and can sound out words, or you’re up for learning the alef-bet before April 9th (Kehillla is offering a 4-week class, at two different times, to help you get there – register here), or you’ve got more Hebrew/Aramaic skills/experience; You’re up for learning in traditional Yeshiva style, with a study partner/hevruta. We’ll help people with similar text skills to pair up, or you can register with a study partner if you already have one. You can commit to all six sessions. We know that unforeseen circumstances can arise, but it’s important that you plan to be at all six sessions. Each week builds on the work of the previous week, and it will be hard to catch up and participate fully if you miss a week. In addition, your hevruta depends on you for their learning as well! Faculty: Maggid Jhos Singer, Chochmat HaLev Congregational Leader Rabbi Dev Noily, Kehilla Senior Rabbi Rabbi Gray Myrseth, Kehilla School Director SAM Luckey, Kehilla Rabbinic Intern & Rabbinical student at Hebrew College Jenna Stover-Kemp, PhD Candidate in Hebrew Bible at UC Berkeley and Kehilla member REGISTER Here! All…

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08May
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

CHOCHMAT COUNTS WEEK 6 – YESOD-THE PATH OF THE TZADIK-IN-TRAINING

Tuesday May 8 - 7:00-9:00pm With Rabbi Emerita SaraLeya Schley Yesod is a multifaceted sefira, with a connection to generativity, and also to righteousness/tzedek and generosity/tzedaka.  How do we prepare ourselves as vessels of authenticity as we manifest goodness in our lives?  Class will include text study with journaling and discussion, and song. Childcare Provided with Advance Registration Register Now Powered by Eventbrite

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14May
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

700 Benches: Teshuvah – A Radically Inclusive SVARA-Style Beit Midrash

Mondays April 9, 16 and 23 - 7:00-9:00pm at Kehilla 1300 Grand Ave. Piedmont CA and Mondays April 30, May 7 and 14 - 7:00-9:00pm at Chochmat HaLev Come and learn about the origins of teshuvah – relational repair! $130 for members of Kehilla or Chochmat / $160 general ~ no one turned away for inability to pay. We’ll study the original texts in their original languages, Hebrew and Aramaic. While all texts are studied in the original Hebrew/Aramaic, no prior text experience is necessary. If you’re willing to try, we’ll help you to learn! You belong here if: You want to study Talmud in a multi-level, student-centered, queer-positive space; You know the Hebrew alef-bet and can sound out words, or you’re up for learning the alef-bet before April 9th (Kehillla is offering a 4-week class, at two different times, to help you get there – register here), or you’ve got more Hebrew/Aramaic skills/experience; You’re up for learning in traditional Yeshiva style, with a study partner/hevruta. We’ll help people with similar text skills to pair up, or you can register with a study partner if you already have one. You can commit to all six sessions. We know that unforeseen circumstances can arise, but it’s important that you plan to be at all six sessions. Each week builds on the work of the previous week, and it will be hard to catch up and participate fully if you miss a week. In addition, your hevruta depends on you for their learning as well! Faculty: Maggid Jhos Singer, Chochmat HaLev Congregational Leader Rabbi Dev Noily, Kehilla Senior Rabbi Rabbi Gray Myrseth, Kehilla School Director SAM Luckey, Kehilla Rabbinic Intern & Rabbinical student at Hebrew College Jenna Stover-Kemp, PhD Candidate in Hebrew Bible at UC Berkeley and Kehilla member REGISTER Here! All…

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15May
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

CHOCHMAT COUNTS WEEK 7 – POWER AND RADICAL HUMILITY: THE PARADOX OF MALCHUT

Tuesday May 15 - 7:00-9:00pm With Estelle Frankel Malchut, the 7th sephirah, is associated with Shechinah, the divine feminine. It is a symbol of embodiment and is associated with the messianic figure of King David. Malchut, which means Sovereignty, is paradoxical, embodying both power and humility. In this study session we will study kabbalistic texts on the Shechinah and explore the power of Malchut as a living symbol in our personal and communal spiritual lives. Childcare Provided with Advance Registration Register Now Powered by Eventbrite

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17May
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Board Meeting

Monthly meeting of the Chochmat Board of Directors.

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June 2018
21June
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Board Meeting

Monthly meeting of the Chochmat Board of Directors.

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July 2018
14July
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Yuval Ron Ensemble “Unity of the Heart” Concert

Yuval Ron Ensemble Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:00pm Led by award-winning composer, producer, writer and peace activist, Yuval Ron, the interfaith Yuval Ron Ensemble unites East and West, Hebrew and Arabic, sacred and secular. A marriage of tradition and innovation. This exhilarating musical journey is full of joy, hope, and deep spirituality, celebrating the underlying unity shared by all people, regardless of nationality, race, religion, and culture. Watch a 3 minute Album Teaser of the new Yuval Ron Ensemble UNITY OF THE HEART www.yuvalronmusic.com Powered by Eventbrite

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19July
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Board Meeting

Monthly meeting of the Chochmat Board of Directors.

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August 2018
16August
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Board Meeting

Monthly meeting of the Chochmat Board of Directors.

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September 2018
20September
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Board Meeting

Monthly meeting of the Chochmat Board of Directors.

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