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Beyt Tikkun High Holy Days
Transformation and Return to our Highest Selves
Eve Sept 20, 1st day Sept 21, Second day Sept 22 Yom Kippur
Eve (Kol Nidre) Sept 29, Day Sept 30
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).
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).
This year we are repenting for the damage being done to our environment, to refugees, and to human and civil rights by the Trump administration, the Congress, the Right-wing media and those who give these blind support. Why should we repent for them when it isn't us who are doing these things? Because on High Holidays we take collective responsibility for each of the communities of which we are part , including the US, Canada or other Western societies of which we are citizens, and including Israel for which as Jews and Americans (our tax dollars directly and indirectly helping finance the Occupation of the West Bank). And the triumph of these forces in the U.S. is in part a product of the many failures of liberal and progressive movements (read our analysis of the Psychopathology of the 2016 Election and our New Strategy for Progressives and also our Path to a World of Love and Justice) to treat those who do not yet support our worldview with the respect that every human being deserves, allowing our totally righteous attack on racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, antiSemitism and xenophobia take the form of assuming that everyone who wasn't on our side must be an embodiment of these sicknesses of the soul.
This year we not only have to repent that the Occupation of the West Bank, after 50 years, continues and without any likelihood of it being ended. And this year we also have to repent for the Israeli government's decision to not allow men and women to pray together at the Temple Wall in Jerusalem and to not honor any but orthodox conversions to Judaism (thus dissing all of the conversions and marriages performed by Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal and Conservative rabbis in the U.S. or Israel). It is a shonda (disgrace) that this country continues to call itself The Jewish State when it tramples so solidly on Jewish values. Yet, we know that it is not anger but compassion that will change any of this, so we repent with love in our hearts.
Part of our service will be grieving for all the damage being done to the earth, and on Yom Kippur we will do a special ceremony asking the earth for forgiveness and re-affirming our commitment to protect her.
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 20
First Day of Rosh Hashanah, Sept 21
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah, Sept 22
Yom Kippur Eve (Kol Nidre), Sept 29
Yom Kippur Day, Sept 30
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).
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.
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.
Reverend Daniel A. Buford heads the Prophetic Justice Ministry at Allen Temple. He is a founding organizer and trainer of the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond based in New Orleans, Louisiana and has conducted Undoing Racism workshops throughout the United States, South Africa, Japan and Puerto Rico since 1980. He is the President of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, a peace and justice law think tank organization located in Berkeley, California.
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