Yom Kippur Study Groups

Yom Kippur Break Groups

3:30pm on Yom Kippur day during the break between services


Awesome Tales
with Rabbi Daniel Lev

Church Study, Westminster Hall

Rabbi Daniel Lev will tell tales and teachings on some of the central themes of these “Days of Awe” (i.e., “Teshuva” – turning your life around).  If you bring a brief (2-minute) personal story of spiritual awakening you may have the opportunity to tell it, time willing.

Daniel Lev has served the Jewish communities in Northern California and the Bay area for many years as a Rabbi and Maggid.  Inspired by his teachers, Rabbi’s Shlomo Carlebach (z’l), and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, he has dedicated himself to spreading the wild joy and earthy depth of Jewishness through song and story with whomever will join him.  He also serves the Kaiser community as a chronic pain psychologist.


Dhikr with Ibrahim Baba and friends

Outdoors Main Plaza between Geneva & McKinley Hall                                                                                          

Dhikr, the ceremony of Divine Remembrance, includes gentle, meditative movement with breath and chanting, whirling in the still point as we draw near to the One and return to the land of our soul.

Professor Dr. Ibrahim Faraje (Ibrahim Baba) is Provost and Acting President of the Starr King School of the Graduate Theological Union where he is also Senior Research Analyst in the Centre of Islamic Studies of which he was one of the founders.


Yoga with Julie Emden

Mears A&B, Westminster Hall

Take the time to breathe, rest, integrate, and deepen into our bodily awareness the experience of the High Holy Days. We will gently explore, via the body and movement, the inner wisdom that we are experiencing and receiving, as individuals and as a community. This will be a very gentle restorative yoga and movement practice. No previous experience with yoga is necessary.

Please wear comfortable loosely layered clothing in which you can easily move. Yoga mats will be provided, or bring your own.

Julie Emden is a graduate of teaching certification programs in Iyengar-based yoga from the Advanced Studies Program at the Yoga Room in Berkeley; in Torah Yoga and in Dance Midrash from the Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality; and in Movement-based Expressive Arts Education and Therapy from Tamalpa Institute. She directs the Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco, teaches yoga with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and co-facilitates Sacred Dance Circles in Berkeley.