Shabbat

 


READ MORE: A message to the Berkeley Hillel community from Student Board Shabbat Co-Chairs Rudy Brandt and Sophia Gaynes

Friday, September 21st

  • Sanctuary Sukkah: Immigration Justice and Sukkot with Matt Kolbert — Over the course of Sukkot, Jews dwell in Sukkot – temporary houses built outside. For others, especially undocumented individuals living in America, temporary and unstable housing situations are not a choice. For this Soul Hour, we’ll be discussing immigration justice and why it’s important to keep in mind during this time of year.
  • Soulful Singing Circle with Lauren Schuchart — Soulful Singing Circle (Music) – We believe that song is a way to connect to ourselves, each other, and all that is bigger than us. In this hour, we will learn and sing wordless melodies together to bring in Shabbat in a soulful space.
  • Meditative Musical Service with Leah Kahn and Isaac Zones In this spirited Friday night experience, we will transition into the beauty of Shabbat with sound, voice and meditation. Come join us if you like to sing and celebrate and are open to a creative take on classic Friday night services. We welcome Isaac Zones of the band Shamati, our Musician-in-Residence for the year, to lead with beautiful music.

Friday, September 28th

  • The Torah of Independent Woman: A Conversation with Molly Shapiro and Gaby Ostrove — You are an independent woman! Come discuss the meaning behind moving in the world as an independent woman with all the blessings and challenges.
  • Greatest Hits from This Week’s Portion: A Class with Rabbi Adam — Join Adam to discuss the exciting highlights of the Torah portion for this week.
  • Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor: Part 1 with Dani Neubauer — Using Yossi Klein Halevi’s book as a jumping off point for discussion, we will explore the author’s relationship to Israel and to his neighbors, the Palestinian, and talk about our own perspectives.
  • Mizrahi Style Services with Jacob Schwartz — Using Eastern melodies unique to Mizrahi culture, this service celebrates the collective participatory nature of Mizrahi prayers, and communal interaction. Come prepared to experience something new and interesting.

Friday, October 5th

  • Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor: Part 2 with Dani Neubauer — Using Yossi Klein Halevi’s book as a jumping off point for discussion, we will explore the author’s relationship to Israel and to his neighbors, the Palestinian, and talk about our own perspectives.
  • Soulful Singing Circle with Lauren Schuchart — We believe that song is a way to connect to ourselves, each other, and all that is bigger than us. In this hour, we will learn and sing wordless melodies together to bring in Shabbat in a soulful space.
  • Traditional Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Leah Kahn — In this spirited and lively Kabbalat Shabbat service, we will bring in Shabbat with joyous melodies and celebrate the beginning of Shabbat.

Friday, October 12th

  • Quiet the Chaos from the Outside In with Savyon Sordean — With the Jewish year and the school year in full flow, how do we look at our present moment and simply be? Discover the basics of mindfulness meditation and find internal peace among external chaos before Shabbat dinner, during Soul Hour.
  • The Art of Gathering: A Conversation with Lauren Schuchart — Why do groups gather? We come together for birthdays, meals, celebrations and sad events, but often forget about why we are doing it. Join Lauren for a discussion about the meaningful opportunities of group gatherings.
  • Mizrahi-Style Services with Jacob Schwartz — Using Eastern melodies unique to Mizrachi culture, this service celebrates the collective participatory nature of Mizrachi prayers, and communal interaction. Come prepared to experience something new and interesting.

Saturday Opportunities

  • Saturday, September 29th: Shakshuka in the Sukkah w/Dan Neubauer and Mishelanu — On this Shabbat noon, we will gather for an Israeli feast to share our love for Shakshuka and the Israeli community on campus.
  • Saturday, October 13th, 9-12 p.m.:  Knitting and Mah jong: The Jewish Grandma Experience (no grandchildren required) — Come express your inner Jewish grandma by knitting and playing mah jong all afternoon. Can’t wait to kvetch (complain) together! Led by Sophia Gaynes, Gaby Ostrove, and Molly Shapiro. 

Contact Hillel Student Board Shabbat Co-Chairs Sophia or Rudy at sgaynes@berkeley.edu or rnbrandt@berkeley.edu for more information.

 

Do you love to cook?


Help create our delicious family-style dinner every week with the kitchen interns on Friday, anytime between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Email Emily at ehirschman@berkeleyhillel.org if you have any questions about volunteering to cook.