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Tag: Days of Awe


Rosh Hashanah Morning 5781

Livestreamed from the Chochmat CourtyardSaturday, September 19 @ 10:30amwith Jhos Singer, Julie Batz, Lior Tsarfaty, Shira Kammen, and Michaelle Goerlitz RSVP to get the link  |  Donations happily acceptedSuggested donation: between Chai and Chai Five ($18 – $90) In this time of change and challenge, what is essential, what is important? How does our tradition support us to answer the call of our hearts with appropriate action in this moment? Pray with us in the essential elements of the Shacharit/morning service and Musaf, which includes the special High Holy Day liturgy. Expect some......

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Erev Rosh Hashanah 5781

Livestreamed from the Chochmat CourtyardFriday, September 18 @ 7pm pacificwith Jhos Singer, Julie Batz, Lior Tsarfaty, Shira Kammen, and Michaelle Goerlitz The gates are open: will you enter them with us? This service, the first gate, welcomes us to celebrate the creation of the world and all its possibilities.  It is the first step in our spiritual journey. As individuals in community, we center ourselves in the mystery of continuous creation. Our celebration strengthens us so that we are ready to explore the larger questions of purpose and honest self-evaluation. General PublicSuggested donation......

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Teshuva and Reparations: A Vision for This Time

with Dr. David Ragland, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, and Benjamin MertzThursday, September 24 @ 6:30pm PSTco-sponsored by JCCSF, The Truth Telling Project, The Community of Living Traditions, Boston Worker’s Circle, WAYS OF PEACE Community Resources, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, JeWitch Collective, and Tzedek Tickets$9 Chochmat members and members of cosponsoring organizations$18 General PublicPay What You Can – we want you to join us and the ticket price should not be an obstacle Buy Tickets Explore the intersection of the ancient Jewish method of atonement in light of the call for reparations as a......

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Heartsongs: Tefillah Edition

Tuesday, September 22 @ 7pm PST$9 Chochmat Members$18 General PublicOr Pay What You Can Buy Tickets Join Lior Tsarfaty and special guests Melanie DeMore and Jami Sieber for a special High Holy Day Heartsongs focusing on the power and intention of prayer. Chanting in community is an ancient path to healing and expansion. We’ll learn and chant sacred Jewish prayers: prayers for healing, prayers for peace, devotional chants, and prayers that evoke joy and celebration. Bring your voice, fill your heart, lift your spirit! AboutLior Tsarfaty is Chochmat’s musical director as well as......

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Radical Presence & the Practice of Rebuke

Wednesday, September 23 6pm Pacific / 9pm EasternThis class is closed captionedCo-sponsored by SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva Tickets$9 Chochmat members and SVARAniks$18 nonmembers Buy Tickets Join Laynie Soloman, Director of National Learning & Faculty Member at SVARA, for an adventure into the art of rabbinic rebuke, or tochecha. During the High Holy Day season, we often imagine that the primary reparative work we must do is “teshuva,” making amends with those we have hurt and moving through a process of reconciliation. But how do we let others know they have hurt us, creating space for them......

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The High Priest and High Holy Day Prayer

What Does It Mean to Pray (Tefillah)?with Rabbi Dorothy RichmanMonday, September 21 @ 7pm PST Tickets$9 Chochmat & Makor Or Members$18 General Public Buy Tickets Prayer, according to the rabbis of the Talmud, is avodah shebalev, the service of the heart. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel calls prayer  “a microcosm of the soul.” Yet, how can a book filled with prayers other people wrote hundreds of years ago be a pathway to the individual,  idiosyncratic Jewish soul?  Looking at different stories of the High Priest featured throughout the High Holy day mahzor, we will explore radical re-imaginings of......

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Drawing on Forgiveness

Improv Sketching with Meg Adler (she/they)Cosponsored by Camp TawongaSunday, September 20 @ 7:30pm PDT$9 Chochmat Members & Tawonga Community Members$18 General PublicOr pay what you can, because we really want you to join us! Buy Tickets During the Days of Awe, we’re asked to look back on our actions of the past year, consider where we missed the mark, and ask forgiveness from those we have hurt. But what about forgiving ourselves? How can we release ourselves from what Audre Lorde calls the “paralysis of guilt” to clear our path and start again......

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Rosh HaShanah for Youth & Family

Saturday, September 199:30 – 10:15amRegistration coming soon TicketsYouth Program – Included in your enrollment (you’ll automatically be RSVP’d)Chochmat Members – $5General Public – $10 TICKETS Join Rabbi Lynn’s Rosh Hashanah celebration for youth and families and those who love them. We will co-create the New Year story of Ziz and the Gathering of Birds. This mystical tale celebrates the power of community to renew itself again and again. You are invited to bring a shofar, percussion instrument, apples and honey, grape juice, a round sweet bread (challah), a tallit and your bird puppet,......

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Prayers of the Heart: Shabbat with Rabbi Lynn

Join Rabbi Lynn and the Youth & Family Program for their monthly Saturday-morning Shabbat service with shofar blowing, blessings, and prayer. This service will also include Rabbi Lynn’s telling of Gershon’s Monster – a story of self-forgiveness for Rosh Hashanah....

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A Sefardic Yom Kippur for Youth & Families

Keys of the Heart: A Story to Teach us About Jewish Self Love and the unexpected guardians of tradition.Sunday, September 27 @ 4pm on ZoomTickets Youth Program – Included in the cost of the program (you will automatically be sent the Zoom link)Chochmat Members – $5General Public – $10 TICKETS Yom Kippur is a day to honor the beauty of our tradition as a pathway to healing the world, and our own Jewish hearts. Sefardic Jewish families have ancestors that came from Spain or Portugal. Sephardic Jews were forcibly displaced from their homes in......

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