Location for ALL SERVICES Except 2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah: The Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley (conveniently located 7 blocks from the downtown central Berkeley stop of BART, one block north of U.C. Berkeley campus). (2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah at 951 Cragmont Ave. Berkeley).
Beyt Tikkun's services are filled with spiritual highs, joyous moments, psychological and intellectual sophistication. They are a wonderful way to meet new people, become a part of a welcoming community, and connect to the richness of the Jewish tradition, its music, its history, its constantly evolving theology and new rituals, yet still doing most of the traditional prayers and rituals, sometimes in Hebrew, sometimes in English. Many people bring non-Jewish friends to show them what is so exciting about Judaism as done with seriousness and joy at Beyt Tikkun.
These holy days are meant to be the time each year Jews focus on the ways we as individuals and we as a society have "missed the mark," gone astray from that which is most holy and ethically coherent in us, and how to return to our highest selves. We call this process "teshuva" (return, or answering the call of the holy spiritual force of the universe, aka God). That fundamental transformation (both on the personal level and the societal level) is actually possible is what it means for us to believe in God as Yud Hey Vav Hey (pronounced Adonai)--the Force of Healing and Transformation. God is the Force that makes possible transcending all the messages of despair and cynicism so that we can become agents of the tikkun-ing (healing, repair and transformation) of ourselves and our world.
Our services on High Holidays are NOT only about healing our deeply troubled society. We'll also be celebrating --with awe and radical amazement -- the grandeur of the universe. Rosh Hashanah is meant to be a birthday party for the earth. That's another reason the Hasidim say one must be joyous on Rosh Hashanah! So we will sing, dance, meditate, have guided visualizations, go outside in the beautiful setting of Pacific School of Religion and there ask Earth for forgiveness for the way humanity has betrayed our obligation to take care of her, and in many other ways celebrate this new beginning that the High Holidays are meant to offer us and all humanity!! All humanity. Non-Jews are very welcome and often get quite a bit out of attending our services.
We will also be encouraging participants in our services to use the period from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur to take a serious look at where we are on our own path of inner psycho-spiritual growth and make plans for how to advance toward more fully being the beautiful embodiment of the God-energy of the universe that each of us already is (partially). We will supply you with a spiritual workbook to help guide you in this process. And we will strategize together about how to be most successful in challenging white racist nationalism, supported by the current Administration and the pervasive racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-semetism that have become even more prominent in the past few years.
In addition to holding a Friday night Shabbat celebration at the Rabbi's house or Torah study once a month, we come together to celebrate all of the major Jewish holidays with community celebrations in the Beyt Tikkun sukkah on Sukkot, on Chanukah with candle lighting and dancing and latkes, and a communal Seder on Passover, and enjoy cultural and educational outings. Memberships are offered at a sliding fee scale, so no one is excluded.
Sunday, September 29th 7:30pm, Rosh Hashanah Eve
Monday September 30th 9:30am, 1st day of Rosh Hashanah with Shofar blowing and a catered lunch, followed by the 2nd (Shofar sounding) part of the service from 1:45 till 3:00, followed by the Tashlich at Cordonices Park at 3:30
Tuesday, October 1st 9:30am. 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah (if you sign up for one other Rosh Hashanah service, the 2nd day is free) Service is at 951 Cragmont Ave, Berkeley) followed by a vegetarian pot-luck
Tuesday October 8th 6:45pm, Kol Nidre (eve of Yom Kippur)
Wednesday, October 9th 9:30am: Yom Kippur Including Torah reading, Yizkor memorial service for our departed relatives-and anyone else in your life whom you wish to remember), Isaiah's fiery Haftorah, the late afternoon reading of the Mincha and the Book of Jonah at 5:45 p.m., and the concluding service Ne'ilah at 7pm followed by a vegetarian pot-luck break-the-fast meal at 8 p.m.)
JOIN AS A MEMBER:
Please consider joining our synagogue. When you become a member, you get High Holiday services for free (but tell us please which ones you will actually attend so we can buy the appropriate amount of food for the catered lunch on first day of Rosh Hashanah and for the pot-luck break-the-fast at the end of Yom Kippur).
Membership in Beyt Tikkun costs 1% of your annual household or family income, but not less than $400 for a couple and $300 for a single person. And of course,if you really really really can't afford that, but feel deeply aligned with us, then just tell us what you can afford--because our bottom line is not money but solidarity! So if you really really really can't afford these prices, just tell us your annual income and we'll work together tofind an amount you can afford. Call Chris at 510 644 1200. On the other hand, as a community that is without big donors, we'd deeply appreciate your making a tax-deductible contribution even if you are unable to be with us this year for services. If you are not ready to join as a member, for non-members there is a sliding fee scale.
If you are joining as a member, figure out how much you are willing to pay within our guidelines (or help us out now by making a significantly larger donation--Beyt Tikkun is a 501-c-3 nonprofit and your donations are tax-deductible), and send a check made out to Beyt Tikkun and sent to Beyt Tikkun, 951 Cragmont Ave, Berkeley, Ca. 94708 (and include a piece of paper telling us which specific High Holiday services you are planning to attend).
Since we follow the Jewish law about not dealing with money on the Sabbath, this is the only time in the year when we make an appeal for your financial help to Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls. So even if you don't join, but feel supportive of what we are trying to do, you can send a tax-deductible donation check to Beyt Tikkun, 951 Cragmont Ave, Berkeley, Ca. 94708. Or give your credit card info to Chris at 510 644 1200.
TICKETS FOR NON-MEMBERS: Anyone who really wants to pray with us will be able to come at a price they can afford. We have a sliding fee scale according to your household income. Our fees are far lower than most Bay Area Synagogue.
Click here to register for tickets as a non-member now.
QUESTIONS: If you have read through the links on this website and have questions that are not answered, email Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chris at 510 644 1200.
WHERE: The Pacific School of Religion: 1798 Scenic Ave. Berkeley, CA (except 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah which will be held at 951 Cragmont Ave, Berkeley).
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.
Ami Goodman, MD has led services for many Bay Area synagogues and will be co-leading High Holidays with Rabbi Lerner at Beyt Tikkun this year.
Abby Caplin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician whose passion is to counsel and help people heal and live empowered lives.