Pacific School of Religion
Berkeley, CA 94709
September 16, 2012 - September 26, 2012
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. This year he will be joined on Rosh HaShanah by Rabbis Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman in co-leading the services. All three will be involved in teaching and leading services on the first night and on both the first and second days of Rosh HaShanah. On Kol Nidre we will have Beyt Tikkun member Rae Abileah sharing a teaching, and on Tom Kippur day, Josh Healey. The services are likely to be an amazing highpoint of Jewish social justice, peace, and environmental consciousness, and a spiritually rich experience.
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.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow is the author of Seasons of Our Joy (a new version of which will be published this summer by the Jewish Publication Society), Godwrestling, and many other books of Jewish spiritual wisdom, as well as the founder of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia and a tireless activist for environmental sanity and social justice.
Rabbi Phyllis Berman founded (in 1979) and continues to direct the Riverside Language Program for adult immigrants in NYC; she directed the summer program at Elat Chayyim for 12 years; she co-authored, most recently, Freedom Journeys with her husband, Arthur Waskow.
Rae Abileah is the co-director of CODEPINK Women for Peace and is a co-organizer of Occupy AIPAC, Stolen Beauty boycott of Ahava cosmetics and Women Occupy. Rae is a contributing author to 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military; Sisters Singing; Incantations, Blessings, Chants, Prayers, Art and Sacred Stories by Women Beyond Tribal Loyalties; Stories of Jewish Peace Activists.
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.
Music for these services will be provided by Achi Ben Shalom and his Beyt Tikkun band.
Our services are like our shul, traditional in most of the format and melodies, with lots of Hebrew prayer, singing, and dancing, with many innovative English translations and commentaries, with time for inner work so that the whole thing doesn't feel like a performance or a stage show. Our emphasis is on being spiritually alive and experiencing the transformative power of these special days.
Our High Holy services are also a celebration of life--with music, dancing, and potlucks for delicious food and schmoozing. We invite you to come and bring your family and your friends. Many people who are not Jewish come to our services and are made to feel welcomed there.
Children: Children under 16 are admitted at no cost. Free childcare will be available during the day-time services. There will be special services for children on the first day of Rosh HaShanah and on Yom Kippur.
Location of Services: All services except the 2nd day of Rosh HaShanah will be in Berkeley at the Pacific School of Religion. The 2nd day of Rosh HaShanah will be at the Rabbi's house in Berkeley. Click here for directions and more information.
Prices: Ticket prices are on a sliding scale based on income. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To view the price schedule and information on how to apply for a discount click here.
How to 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.
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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 prompotly and complete your reservation by phone.