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Beyt Tikkun High Holy Days Sept 24 - Oct 4 2014
September 24, 2014 - October 4, 2014
The ten days of Return to our Highest Selves
The ten days of Return to our Highest Selves-- September 24, 2014 - October 4, 2014-is a psycho-spiritual process that is a deep cleansing and rejuvenation of our inner lives and our connection to a community committed to healing and transforming the world! (Most of the process of inner transformation is done by ourselves, but the first two days-Rosh Hashanah-and the last day -Yom Kippur-are done in community).
Beyt Tikkun provides support and direction to make these days much more than a communal sing-along, a repetition of prayers written thousands of years ago, or a time to hear flowery oratory-we help our congregants have a transformative spiritual experience, even as we recommit ourselves to tikkun olam (the healing and repair of our world).
We seek a world that is governed by love and generosity, ethical and ecological sensitivity, and awe and wonder at the grandeur of the universe, replacing the materialism, selfishness and narcissism generated by global capitalism with The Caring Society-Caring for Each Other and Caring for the Earth. Come pray with us, celebrate the good and beauty that surrounds us, and repent that which must be challenged and changed in ourselves and in our economic and political system so you are rejuvenated and ready to engage in helping to transform our world.
There are many wonderful spiritual alternatives in the Bay Area Jewish world-they are so "open" till you start to raise the difficult questions, about Israel, about what systemic changes will be needed to save the planet from environmental destruction, about whether we are personally sustaining a global capitalism in the way we tell ourselves that we can't change the big picture so it's enough if we just act kindly toward others and recycle? At Beyt Tikkun we are willing to face the contradictions, the inconsistencies, the ways we hide from ourselves the difficult issues both on a personal and societal level. Thisis what the real "turning" back to one's highest self is really about.
As we enter the New Year, we are particularly concerned with stopping the activities, processers, and behaviors that are destroying the life-support system of the planet. Yet the increasing gap between the super-rich and the rest of us undermines our democracy and substitutes a plutocracy run by corporations and the super-rich at the cost of the well-being of middle-income Americans. Our rabbi will be joining tens of thousands of other Jews the weekend before Rosh Hashanah at an interfaith demonstration at the U.N. in NYC to call for the global leaders meeting there to take sustained and serious acts for environmental sanity. And we are affiliated with Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives www.spiritualprogressives.org that have come up with one of the most serious measures we could work for-the ESRA Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution www.tikkun.org/ESRA.
As long as Israel calls itself the State of the Jewish people and Jews around the world give blind support to policies that violate the spirit and letter of the Torah, we have a responsibility also to addressne and repent for Israel's systematic denial of the human rights of the Palestinian people, and join with those who seek a reconciliation of the heart between Jews, Muslims and Christians, and Israelis and Palestinians, both in the Middle East and around the world.
Yet we approach all this with compassion for each other and a commitment to respond with empathy and love toward everyone, including those with whom we disagree or with whom we may be in conflict over ideas. It is our loving selves that are the key prerequisite to healing ourselves, healing each other, and healing the world.
Rosh Hashanah Eve Wednesday Sept 24
7:00pm- 9:30pm Candle lighting at 7:15, evening service and Rabbi's teaching
First day Rosh Hashanah Thursday Sept 25
9:00am - 1:00pm Morning service, Torah Reading, Teachings from Rae Abileah, Rabbi Michael Lerner and Cat Zavis, and Shofar Blowing
1:00pm - 2:00 pm Veggie Potluck (please bring a yummie main course vegetarian dish)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Musaf Service (Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die, etc. plus continuation of the Shofar blowing)
3:30 pm -4 p.m. Tashlich (throwing our sins into the water) at nearby Cordineses Park
Second day Rosh Hashanah Friday Sept 26
9:30am-1 p.m. Celebration of the creation of the universe, plus Torah study of the Binding of Isaac (at Rabbi Lerner's home)
1 p.m. Veggie potluck lunch
1:30-2:30 Empathy and Transformation-an experiential workshop led by Cat Zavis
Kol Nidrey Eve Friday October 3
6:30 pm Sharp Candle lighting, Cjhanting of Kol Nidre, Rabbi's teaching, Evening service and Slichot till 9:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur All day Saturday October 4
9:00 a.m. morning service;
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Torah service, Yizkor and teaching from Rabbi Michael Lerner, Joshua Healey and Renna Ulvang
2:30-3:30 Prayer for the earth, Musaf and Slichot ;
3:30-5:30 break time for individual work on self-transformation;
Mincha 5:30 Reading and studying the book of Jonah and learning how to develop empathy for "the Other"
Ne'ilah 6:30-7:45 -the gates of repentance are shutting, last moments of transformation;
7:45 Havdalah p.m. followed by a vegetarian break-the-fast pot-luck (but please make food for this before Yom Kippur starts, i.e. before 6 p.m. on Friday Oct.3rd)
Location for Services and Child Care
All services held at Pacific School of Religion 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley except 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah which will be held at 951 Cragmont Ave, Berkeley
Child care available on 1st day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur if you call or email us in advance by September 15, #510 644 1200 or email@example.com to reserve a place for your children (and tell us their ages and what times you want child care on those two days).
Children's services on 1st day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 11 a.m.
Come and join the Beyt Tikkun Community for a spiritually deep High Holy Days experience. Services will be under the leadership of Rabbi Michael Lerner.
Rabbi Michael Lerner is a founder and editor of Tikkun Magazine, chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in Berkeley and author of eleven books, including: Jewish Renewal, The Politics of Meaning, Jews and Blacks (with Cornel West), The Left Hand of God: Taking back our Country from the Religous Right, and Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy for Middle East Peace.
Cat Zavis, a lawyer, mediator. and trainer of empathic communication, is the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives. [clear:both]
Josh Healey, a community organizxer, poet and former director of Youth Speaks in San Francisco received the Mario Savio Young Activist Award in October 2011, delivering his acceptance speech and poem in front of 10,000 people at Occupy Casl. His blogs are available through Tikkun Daily at www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily.
Renna Ulvang is a clinical social worker and certified spiritual director who will be teaching on Yom Kippor.
Rae Abileah is a social change strategist, community organizer,and poet who served as the co-director and national organizer of CODEPINK Women for Peace for eight years.
Music for these services will be provided by Achi Ben Shalom and his Beyt Tikkun band.
All Services are FREE for anyone who registers by September 18. (Please read on for more information.)
How can we do this when we are a small congregation that can't afford a building of our own? Our rabbi has been working for zero pay in order for us to be able to continue as a community, but nevertheless we have real expenses renting facilities all year round, paying for our musicians and much more. We'd even like to pay our rabbi some salary. So, yes, we need your money to help defray costs. On the other hand, we hate the idea of charging for a synagogue service. We believe all vital physical, spiritual, and psychological necessities should be free-from health care and psychotherapy to food, housing and basic energy costs so that everyone can benefit equally from the availability of these services. Because we believe so deeply in these values and support efforts to build that kind of world we have decided to practice what we preach. So this year we are trying something different. We want to build a community of people who are interested in promoting a world based on love, kindness, generosity, social and economic justice, and environmental sanity. To build that community (and world) we need people who want to be involved and engaged in creating it here and now. So if this interests you, please join us for our High Holiday Services and beyond - become a part of our community.
Having said that, we also want to be realistic that we cannot offer our services and create our community without your fiscal support as well. So whether you already are a member of Beyt Tikkun or not, we are hoping that you will feel inspired to contribute both financially and with your time and energy at a level that feels comfortable to you. Because we know that in our capitalist system everything has a price but nothing has a meaningful value and we are not used to choosing for ourselves what we pay for services, we want to offer you a guideline of our financial structure in the past for High Holiday services and membership in our shul to help guide your decision regarding a contribution, while still saying that it is not your money we are after, but your commitment to building this very special kind of transformative spiritual Jewish community.
A guideline for financial contribution (and remember, we want you to be a part of our community if you share our values and want to help build the world we envision even if you cannot contribute financially at all):
Membership in Shul: 1% of your annual household gross income (but we've never checked or questioned what people have given) . But what we are really looking for in our members is people who will make a covenant with us to build those aspects of Beyt Tikkun that appeal to you, or to help us expand our conceptions as you become involved. Below we list some ways that members can become involved and we are open to hearing other ways as well. We want your financial commitment to stem from a true desire to build a world of love and generosity, and we hope that some of you will go way beyond what you ever imagined spending to support a synagogue, while also recognizing that others will have much less money than the guidelines below suggest, and that it is your heart and involvement that is for us the key, regardless of what tax-deductible donation you make.
For non-members High Holiday costs:
Incomes under $35k/yr: $60 all services, $40 per service
Incomes between $35k/yr-$60/yr all services: $100, $60 per service.
Incomes between $60k/yr-$90k/yr: all services: $160; $90 per service
Incomes $90k/yr-$150 k/yr : all services $240; $130 per service
Incomes over $150k/yr: all services $400; $220 per service
You MUST Register!
Members receive free tickets to all services. Membership for one year is 1% of your annual income but not less than $300 for a single person household or $400 for a two or more person household. A special $75 membership is also available to adults under age 30. To join or renew your Beyt Tikkun Membership on-line, click here.
Non-Members: Tickets are available on a sliding-scale basis (including FREE until September 18th). You MUST register so that we know how many people to expect. To register please click here.
By Phone: If you have any questions or you wish to register by telephone, please call us at (510) 528-6250 and leave a message with your name and phone number and good times to call you. We will call you back promptly and complete your reservation by phone.
Ways to become involved with Beyt Tikkun beyond High Holidays:
A. Come to Torah study or Shabbat celebrations at Rabbi Lerner's home in Berkeley (info always at www.beyttikkun.org)
B. Help us build our Sukkah (the day after Yom Kippur, Sunday, October 5th 1 p.m.-6 p.m.). Cutting branches, doing decorations, hanging fruit, etc. &/or come celebrate the first night in the Sukkah Wednesday October 8th, 6:30 p.m. and bring a yummy main course veggie dish for a vegetarian pot-luck!!!
C. Join our campaign for A New Bottom Line (of love, caring, kindness and generosity, environmental sanity and awe/wonder/radical amazement at the grandeur and mystery of ALL BEING). Join our affiliated Network of Spiritual Progressives and read about this campaign and become active in it, including creating a group of people in your line of work or your neighborhood who are willing to imagine what their work or their world would look like with this New Bottom Line becoming operative.
D. Support the ESRA-Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution by creating a group of people to read Rabbi Lerner's national bestseller: The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right. Then organize friends and others to get their local professional or labor or community organizations to publicly endorse the ESRA. Read the latest version of the ESRA at www.tikkun.org/ESRA
E. Help us create a Refuah Shleymah committee to visit the sick (members of Beyt Tikkun and their relatives and close friends who may be in a hospital or some recovery setting),
F. Help us create a group of young professionals and business people interested in working on Tikkun Olam (healing and transforming the world) projects like building support for the Global Marshall Plan www.tikkun.org/GMP
G. Help us create a monthly book reading group
H. Help us create a monthly Beyt Tikkun visit to a Bay Area cultural event (we go to a movie or a book reading and then get together as Beyt Tikkun to discuss what we just saw and heard).
I. Help us create a Beyt Tikkun presence at Burning Man 2015 or create a spiritual version of Burning Man
J. Help us create a spiritually centered day of reconciliation and caring between the Jewish and Muslim communities of the Bay Area. And a spiritually centered and politically progressive commemoration of Yom HaSho'ah-Holocaust Memorial Day.
K. Help us create a day to celebrate the contributions to the Jewish community and to American society of all those from all religions (or none) who have fought for social justice, environmental sanity, women's liberation, lbgtq acceptance, protection of immigrants and undocumented workers, civil liberties, human rights, and against anti-semitism, homophobia, sexism, racism, Islamophobia, the ethically corrupting influence of the capitalist marketplace and its values of materialism and selfishness and endless growth etc. Long live random acts of kindness and generosity-and for the struggles against economic and political systems that encourage the narcissism and indifference to others that increasingly characterizes our society!