Sukkot 2018

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.

Celebrate Families and Welcome Muslim Neighbors with Rabbi Lynn and Ameena Jandali

Sunday, September 23, 2018 – 4:30pm-7:00pm

Welcome our guests with music, story, and dance. Join Rabbi Lynn and Ameena Jandali of Islamic Networks Group for stories about Abraham, Sarah and Hagar from Jewish and Muslim traditions. You’ll learn to write your name in Hebrew and Arabic; and decorate the Sukkah, and share a potluck feast with our Muslim friends. Don’t forget to bring family photos to display on our CHL family tree!

Register here.

Meditation of Presence in the Sukkah with Jeffrey Kessler and Laura Goldman.

Wednesday, September 26, 8:15am -9:00am
Location: Chochmat HaLev Sukkah

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.

Sonic Harvest: Songs for Sukkot with Jewlia Eisenberg 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Activate Sukkot sonically! Offer your voice to the community and reap connective joy. We will be singing harvest music, including North African piyyutim, Sephardic songs, Easter European niggunim, and American psalmody. All words transliterated. All voices welcome.

Morning Chanting & Meditation Service with Zvi Bellin and Jen Roitman

Thursday, September 27: 8:00am – 8:45am

We will meet in the Sukkah; dress warmly.
Start your day with chanting, meditation and a little Torah wisdom. We will meet in the
Chochmat HaLev Sukkah.

Contemplative Kabbalat Shabbat with Estelle Frankel

Friday, September 28: 7:30-9pm

Dwelling In Uncertainty: Discovering Our Joy
Contemplative Shabbat service with Kiddush in the Sukkah, blessings, food, teachings, and music related to Sukko.
Join us for a contemplative and celebratory Kabbalat Shabbat service with Estelle Frankel (drash), Rene Benmeleh (vocals), Yari  Mander (percussion), Gary Lapow (guitar), Ahbi Lapow (meditation), and Daniella Salzman (movement).
It’s sukkot and the theme for the evening is dwelling in uncertainty, discovering our joy. Towards the end of the service we will go outdoors to spend time in the sukkah, please bring a layer to keep warm.

Simchat Torah

Thursday, October 1, 2018 – 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 led by Chochmat HaLev clarinet virtuoso Mike Perlmutter and Jeanette Lewicki!
6:30 Holiday Tot Service with Jen Miriam and Alon Altman (Fireside Room)
6:30 Ma’ariv / Evening service (Sanctuary)
7:00 Special Torah Service
7:30 Dancing with the Torah in the Sanctuary with Live Music

Tickets here.  All events at Kehilla are scent-free.

Suggested donation:
$10-$15/person and $20/family for members of participating organizations;
$20-$25/person and $25/family for general public