Sukkot 2017

The festival of Sukkot is a time for relaxation and celebration in the humble Sukkah.  During Sukkot we pause to enjoy the harvest of our inner work during the High Holydays, and to reflect on the beauty and transience of our journey through this world. Visit our Sukkah during office hours (Tuesday – Friday from 1:00 – 6:00) or by arrangement with the office.

Making the Sukkah Our Home
Sunday, October 1, 2017 – 2:00-5:00pm

A joyful and crafty afternoon of making Sukkah decorations. Help put up the Chochmat HaLev Sukkah and make it our home! With Patti Goldstein.

Meditation of Presence in the Sukkah
Wednesday, October 4 & 11, 8:15am -9:00am
Location: Chochmat HaLev Sukkah

Led by Jeffrey Kessler and Laura Goldman. Silent meditation and wise teaching about Sukkot to start your day. Appropriate for new and experienced meditators. We will be meeting in the sukkah, so make sure to dress warmly.

Piyut For Harvest: Queers, Gazelles and You
Wednesday, October 4 – 7:00-9:00 pm

Looking to make your harvest deep and lovely? Of course! Piyutim are love songs to the Divine, centuries old, featuring a polyphony of erotic relationships and fluidity of desire. You don’t need to be queer.

Sukkot Festival Prayer
Thursday,October 5, 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Chochmat HaLev Sukkah

We will warm up with Hebrew chants and contemplative silence, shake the Lulav and Etrog with Kabbalistic intentions, sing Hallel, pray the Hoshanot with our feet, and study Sukkot-themed Torah. Includes Kaddish. Please bring your Lulav and Etrog if you have a set (we will have some if you don’t).

Followed by kiddush and veggie potluck-enjoy the mitzvah of eating together in the sukkah.

Embodied Sukkot
Sunday, October 8, 2017 – 11:00am-2:00pm

Sukkot is the time of gathering the fruits of our labor. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to construct the strong, yet vulnerable sanctuary (sukkah) that is you. Using guided movement meditations as well as Authentic Movement, you will learn to “listen to” and trust your body’s wisdom to guide you towards the openness, joy, and shalom of this season.

Urban Shtetl Family Program Info Session & Sukkah Decoration Making Fun
Sunday, October 8, 2017 – 2:00-4:00pm

Parents can find out more about our amazing family program while kids have a blast making Sukkah decorations and learning about Sukkot.


Simchat Torah
Thursday, October 12, 2017 – 6:30-10:00pm
Kehilla Community Synagogue 1300 Grand Ave. Piedmont CA

Simchat Torah is the joyous culmination of our High Holy Day journey– a wild celebration of the completion and the restarting of the annual Torah reading cycle.
Join us for a joy-filled, all ages, an evening of prayer and dancing spiritual leaders and teachers from Chochmat HaLev, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Beit Tikkun, and the Aquarian Minyan and wild Klezmer music.

Tickets available at the door.