Location: 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).
About Our Services:
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.
The focus of the High Holidays is both to celebrate the creation of the universe and to reflect on our own lives and to repair our relationships with others, using the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to do so. It is also a time to reflect upon our people and our society. So for us, the High Holidays is about both tikkun atzmi (personal healing and transformation) and tikkun olam (healing and transformation of our society).
The center of our concerns this High Holiday season is the deepening environmental crisis. To mend the damage we have done to our world will require a new spiritual consciousness that embraces the unity of all being and recognizes that spirit, consciousness, and matter are only different conceptual schemes for addressing a reality that is fundamentally ONE. We understand that at the very deepest level, our wellbeing depends on the wellbeing of every other person and on the wellbeing of the planet itself. And we are determined to participate in the process of transforming US and global economic and political arrangements and cultural assumptions so that they contribute to the environmental sustainability of the life-support systems of planet Earth.
This issue will be addressed by Rabbi Michael Lerner, guest teacher Prof. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, and through an environmentally focused atonement ceremony on Yom Kippur.
ABOUT BEYT TIKKUN, WE ARE:
PRO-ISRAEL AND PRO-PALESTINE, seeking a path to lasting security, self-determination, and openhearted reconciliation between the people of Israel and the people of Palestine. We encourage an open discussion of these issues and to consideration of any non-violent strategies to achieve a lasting and just peace for both peoples, recognizing that the well-being of each depends on the well-being of each other.
WELCOMING TO ALL, including those who have felt marginalized in the Jewish world or in the larger society.
MOBILE! We're a "synagogue-without-walls", financially challenged, which means that we move around for various services and Jewish holiday celebrations. People often rave about our congregational meal in our Sukkah, our Chanukah celebration, Tu B'shvat Environmental Seder, and our Passover liberation Seder! You'll often find us at the Rabbi's home for Shabbat, but we'll be at the Pacific School of Religion for High Holidays.
TRADITIONAL WITH AN EDGE, our services are filed with new and old melodies, dancing, davening, meditation, calls to action, and space for joyous celebration. If you cherish the traditional Hebrew prayers, yet are deepened by creativity and thoughtful examination, Beyt Tikkun may be for you.
JOIN US! Beyt Tikkun is a vibrant congregation and there are many opportunities to be involved. In addition to holding a both a Friday night Shabbat celebration at the Rabbi's house and Torah study once a month at the Northbrae Community church, we come together to celebrate all of the major Jewish holidays and enjoy cultural and educational outings. Memberships are offered at a sliding fee scale, so no one is excluded.
Rosh Hashanah Eve Sept 13,
First Day of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 14th
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 15th
Yom Kippur Eve (Kol Nidre), Sept. 22nd
Yom Kippur Day, Sept. 23rd
WHERE: The Pacific School of Religion: 1798 Scenic Ave. Berkeley, CA
TICKETS: 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 synagogues. And if you really really really can't afford to pay at any level, you can come for free if you register by September 2nd.
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.
Cyntia Moe-Lobeda is the author of Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation. She was a professor of Gender and Diversity Studies at Sattle Univeristy and will begin teaching at the Graduate Theological Union this Fall. Her book is a fantastic contribution to environmental justice so we give a free copy to every new member of Beyt Tikkun.
Josh Healey is a community organizer, poet, environmental activist, writer, performer, and award winning producer of videos that combine social commentary with comedy. His most recent video on NPR's Snap Judgment is As the World Burns.
Registration is required. Click here to register now.