Rosh HashanahEve Sept 24, 1st day Sept 25, 2nd day Sept 26Yom Kippur Eve (Kol Nidre) Oct 3, Day Oct 4
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).
Our services are a spiritual high--joyous, spiritually deep, intellectually sophisticated, and a wonderful way to meet new people, make new friends, and connect to the richness of the Jewish tradition.
The focus of the High Holidays is BOTH to celebrate the creation of the universe and to reflect on our own lives, using the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to repair our relationships with others and to seriously reflect upon our own lives. In addition, it is a time to reflect upon our people and our society.
Many Jews have been torn by the developments in the Middle East this summer and feel that something is deeply wrong with the direction being pursued by Israel (without in any way wanting to validate the violence of Hamas). At Beyt Tikkun, we weaveprogressive politics and spiritual values – you don’t have to leave either your yearning for a rich spiritual experience or politically progressive values at the door. In fact, you will have an opportunity to think about, repent for and discuss your feelings about these issues in a spiritually rich, compassionate and safe environment. Cat Zavis will teach empathic communication, both about how to talk with people with whom you might disagree (and that might include disagreeing with our tabbi on this issue) about Israel/Palestine or any other political issue, but also about approaching our repentance with a high degree of self-empathy rather than beating up on ourselves for having "missed the mark."
Beyt Tikkun, working with Tikkun magazine www.tikkun.org and the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives www.spiritualprogressives.org, has joined with others to bring into the Jewish world and the secular world a strong advocacy for global transformation. We bring together people of all faiths and none, religious and secular, who want to build together a spiritually rich community and world based on love, kindness, generosity, social and economic justice and environmental sanity--as well as to integrate into these issues an acute awareness and celebration of the grandeur and mystery of life and a willingness to focus on awe, wonder and radical amazement at this incredible universe in which we have the privilege to live.
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.
Come and join the Beyt Tikkun Community for a spiritually deep High Holy Days experience.
Our services combine the traditional service and melodies, with dancing (in the Hasidic tradition for the High Holidays), davenning, meditation, reflection, and inner work as well as joyous celebration of the fact that we have the capacity to heal and transform and hence to not be stuck in old patterns that may limit the flowering of our highest selves! The services work for people who cherish the traditional Hebrew prayers, yet it is deepened by creativity to enrich the spiritual experience, and there's enough English and attention to the meaning of the ritual that non-Jews and Jews who have never been to synagogue often report getting a great deal of inner nourishment from being with us on these days.
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.
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.
Cat Zavis, a lawyer, mediator, and trainer of empathic communication, is the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives.
Josh Healey, a community organizer, 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 Cal. 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 Kippur.
Music for these services will be provided by Achi Ben Shalom and his Beyt Tikkun band.
Plus Micah Kurz
on Yom Kippur.
Micha Kurz was born and raised in Israeli Jerusalem, after military service he co-founded Breaking the Silence and has since worked with numerous movements and organizations including Israel Committee Against Housing Demolitions and Ta'ayush. He co-founded and works at Grassroots AlQuds, a platform for community based mobilization and advocacy. He works for an open, racism free, cosmotropilis Jerusalem. He wouldn’t be caught in a uniform ever again, unless it was a rainbow one. He will be talking about racist realities and community mobilisation in Jerusalem.