It's time to High Holy Day.
Live it. Forgive. Be it. Return. Pray it. Be Forgiven. Talk it. Act it. Breathe it. Return Again. Dance it.Friends, join us and bring your friends on a journey from brokenness through forgiveness, reconciliation and return to wholeness through a 50-day journey, beginning with Rosh Chodesh Elul.
Weekly Shiurim (Classes): Wednesday nights August 23, August 30, Sep 6, Sep 13 9pm via zoom. (will be recorded and available for viewing)
Slichot (Forgiving Ceremony) Saturday night September 16 Potluck Dinner 6-8. Prayer 8-930pm at a private home. Please write email@example.com or call 805-886-3502 for the address.
Rosh HaShannah Wednesday evening September 20. Potluck dinner at 6-715, followed by prayer 730-9pm. at a private home. Please write firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-886-3502 for the address.
Rosh HaShannah Sunrise Meditation and Shofar Blast at Hendry's Beach. Thursday September 21 7am
Rosh HaShannah Thursday September 21.
Prayer, Singing, Shofar 10 am - 1230, followed by potluck lunch 1230-130pm. at a private home. Please write email@example.com or call 805-886-3502 for the address.
Tashlich with community at Goleta Beach 2pm.
Yom Kippur Friday night September 29.
Yom Kippur Saturday September 30.
Build and Decorate Sukkah Sunday October 1. 10-Noon.
Sukkot 1st Night Wednesday Night October 4 festival dinner in the sukkah 7pm.
Sukkot 1st Day Thursday Morning October 5
Sukkot Shabbat Saturday October 7 Shabbat late afternoon potluck in sukkah.
Hoshannah Rabbah Water Gathering and Prayer for Rain with Willow Branches ceremony. Wednesday October 11 830am-930am
Simchat Torah Wednesday night October 11
Everyone is welcome and so are your friends!
Please do not wear anything scented (not even a little scented shampoo, conditioner or deodorant) because it makes some people (including the Rabbi) so sick that we cannot participate. And that would be very sad. :(
If you can help with food prep, setting up, cleaning up, chanting Torah, helping with parking, etc. please let us know.
Please call or write for the addresses.
These sacred ceremonies cost money to produce. Please make a contribution.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SHIURIM (CLASSES) - Most Wednesday Nights
Topics include Kabbalah, Spiritual Practice, Shabbat, Torah, Halacha and Others. Always deep and delicious.
Most Wednesday Nights at 9pm via Zoom (on your own computer)
Preparing + Doing the Work: Shiur (Class): Sunday September 10 130-230pm. (will be recorded and available for viewing)
Blessing the New Moon (Birkat Levanah) Saturday August 26. Third Meal (Seudah Shlishi) Gathering and Singing at the Rabbi's home at 530pm. When it's dark: Havdallah and then Birkat Levanah = Blessing the New Moon and New Month of Elul.
Rosh Chodesh (1st of the Month) Elul Monday night August 2 (+Tuesday and Wednesday Aug 22 and 23). Every day this month we speak out loud and meditate on Psalm 27 and blast the Shofar. (There is a custom to not blow Shofar on Shabbat.)
HAVDALLAH AND LAG B'OMER BONFIRE WITH STORY TELLING
Saturday May 13 8pm
Email your rsvp for location.
Ok, so we got out of slavery on Pesach, we got out of our spiritual stuck place and we refined our inner and outer personality traits by counting the Omer... Now what? What is the point of Pesach without Shavuot??? ... We receive Torah at Mount Sinai! You're invited!
1) Late Night Torah and Kabbalah on Tuesday night May 30 from 9pm-Midnight at a private home. (Please call or write for address and directions.) Santa Barbara. Bring a dairy treat (cheese cake? ice cream?) to share if you like because Torah is as sweet and nourishing as mother's milk.
2) Sunrise Hike up the mountain! Meet at the Tunnel Trail trailhead at 5:30 am (morning) on Wednesday May 31. Experience Torah enlightenment the way God gave it to us and continues to give it to us.
RSVP appreciated. Call or email before Tuesday evening if you need directions.
A Teaching for Shavuot;From The Divine Path, by Rebbe Kalanymous Kalman Shapira, z"l
Paraphrased by Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener (translation is a work in process by her and Natan Margalit and others):
"...And so we come to realize that the messianic vision of human completeness is the whole point of creation. It is the will and essence of Creator that human evolution be experienced and expressed via the unfolding creation. When The Holy One generates each individual human being, the individuals do not simply express their unique, personal self. They also express a portion of the overall human evolutionary impulse. It is up to each of us individually to awaken our desire for repair and betterment. It is indeed possible for any of us to suppress and ignore the messianic impulse.
Each seeker must set for themselves ways to reach for and measure their efforts to evolve, so the whole world will not remain in this current lowly condition. Ask yourself: What did I do today? Was I more or less selfish than yesterday? Did I not get worse? Or did I actually make an effort and raise up some situation? What opportunities did I squander today? Frame this search in a positive way: Where are my points of influence? What can I affect for the good? Can I align myself with a higher purpose and bring out the messianic sparks in myself?
We don't do this work strictly for our personal benefit. This is the way we can contribute to the quickening, the approaching of messianic values and expressions. There have already been very high souls in the Hebrew tradition, like Moses Our Teacher and others. But the time was not ripe for the Edenic age. The time, the place and the human consciousness are all needed together for a collective and permanent step forward in our common evolution. Each of us individually must be a new building block in this great effort of preparation....We know we are on the right path when we feel a sense of agitation, an awareness of our lack, a wish for something more pure and true... when we feel God's call to us: Rise above your nature and bring forth your light..."
SHABBAT... SATURDAY MORNINGS AND FRIDAY EVENINGS
@ Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center
We're taking a break. Please check again.
HAVDALLAH AND LAG B'OMER BONFIRE WITH STORY TELLING
Saturday May 13 8pm
Email your rsvp for location.
PESACH 2ND NIGHT, TUESDAY APRIL 11 ,2017
Tonight we begin the counting of the Omer, the spiritual journey traveling the 49 days from Pesach (Passover) to Shavuot. Each week, of the next 7 weeks, are governed and infused by one of seven aspects of the Divine. And within these weeks, each day of the week is also guided by one of these seven aspects. Each evening we enter a gate, each day an enlivening of our possibility. Tonight the first gate swings open: Chesed within Chesed, (Lovingkindness, Presence, Generosity, Grace) --- and we enter in. Join us for the journey on our Facebook page
PESACH SEDER 2ND NIGHT, TUESDAY APRIL 11 430pm.
A potluck seder outside, on a picnic blanket. Hear the story like you've never heard it before.
RSVP for location and other details.
BOOK GROUPS, SPIRITUAL DIRECTION SONG AND EMBODIED PRAYER.
Stay tuned for news about our book groups, spiritual direction, song and embodied prayer led by our Spiritual Director, Alison Zuber.
November 7 6:30 pm. New moon Blessing for Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan. A short and sweet (20 minutes) gathering to express blessings and gratitude for the new moon, for new beginnings, and to set intentions for the month of Cheshvan.
November 13 1-3pm Kabbalah of the Hebrew Letters. The Hebrew letters are akin to the DNA of creation. Explore the letters with drawing and meditation with Rabbi Elihu Gevirtz. Bring an empty notebook. The classes will be at Zimrat Yah.
Sunday Evening October 2 Sunset at Hendrys Beach ("Arroyo Burro Beach"). Gather at 5:30pm to experience the transition from day to evening, from light to dark, from one year to the next, from being one type of person to another. Meditation and Singing at 6pm.
Monday Morning October 3 Sunrise at Hendrys Beach ("Arroyo Burro Beach"). Gather at 6:40am to experience the transition from evening to day, from dark to light, from one year to the next, from being one type of person to someone in alignment with your purpose. Meditation, Movement, Morning Prayers and Shofar. Bring your tallis if you have one. Bring some fruit or muffins to share with friends afterward. Reconvene at Zimrat Yah at 10:30 am. (We're in Grace Lutheran Church, next to Panera Bread on the edge of La Cumbre Plaza.)
Monday Morning October 3 Prayer, Torah Reading, Learning, Movement and Shofar 10:30am at Zimrat Yah. (We're in Grace Lutheran Church, next to Panera Bread on the edge of La Cumbre Plaza.)
Monday Afternoon October 3 Tashlich and Potluck Picnic Lunch at the west end of Goleta Beach (near the kids playground) with SB Jewish community at 2:30 pm.
Tuesday Morning October 4 Maybe??? Possible Community Prayer, Shofar and Lunch at Hillel in Isla Vista. Check back here for an update.
Sunday, September 18 1-3pm. Returning to God and Forgiveness. In preparation for the High Holy Days, we will gather to explore teshuvah and forgiveness, and specifically in our relationships with significant people in our lives. The class will be taught by Rabbi. The goal is to help each of us to transform and return to God. The class will be held at Zimrat Yah. The cost is $25, payable to Rabbi Elihu Gevirtz.
May 11, 2016 8:30 pm BLESSING OF THE NEW MOON OF IYAR
Meet us at the Mission Rose Garden in Santa Barbara for a short and sweet blessing of the new moon.
March 23, 2016 7:30 pm PURIM MEGILLAH AND SHANANIGANS
Join us at Zimrat Yah for fun in costume. Bring your grogger and merriment.Please join us as we read the megillah in full crazy and humorous satirical style! Wear your silliest costume, bring your grogger or anything else that makes noise so that you can boo and hiss at Haman, and woop and holler in celebration of Esther and Mordechai.
March 16, 2016 8:00 pm BLESSING OF THE NEW MOON OF ADAR 2
Meet us at the Mission Rose Garden at the top of the hill across the street from the Mission for a short and sweet blessing of the new moon.
February 10, 2016 7:00 pm BLESSING OF THE NEW MOON OF ADAR 1
Meet us at the Mission Rose Garden in Santa Barbara for a short (15 minutes) and sweet blessing of the new moon.
January 21, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm EXPERIENTIAL BOOK GROUP
If you were unable to attend the first meeting, but would like to participate, please let us know.
December 14 2015 7:00-8:30 pm "The soul of a human being is the candle of God"
This begins Proverbs 20:27. Rabbi will speak tonight about the souland some of the work of the soul that each of us are called to do, such as paying attention to our speech, and the attribute of enthusiasm. Conversation will be invited.
December 9 2015 6:30-8:30 pm CHAUNAKAH AT ZIMRAT YAH
Song, story, candles, and celebration as we journey from darkness into light
October, 2015 6:oo-7:30 pm EXPERIENTIAL BOOK GROUP AT ZIMRAT YAH
Living out the year with Judaism's 10 Best Ideas by Arthur Green. We will meet once a month to read and discuss a chapter and then live out that idea over the next four weeks. As we witness how that idea works within us and who we become as a result, we bring to life thee essential core concepts of Judaism.
October 10, 2015 6:oo-8:00 pm AN EVENING OF SONG, CHANT, AND HEALING
Join Mashpia Ruchanit Alison Zuber and Vocal Sound Healer, Dr. Gwendolyn McClure as they lead the community for an evening of song, chant and healing.
October 4, 2015 11:00 am HOSHANNAH RABBAH: The ancient Jewish Rain Dance. Meet in Steven's Park in Santa Barbara.
September 27, 2015 6:00 pm DECORATING THE SUKKAH AND DINNER IN THE SUKKAH AT THE RABBI'S HOME
September 28, 2015 7:30 am MORNING PRAYERS AND BREAKFAST IN THE SUKKAH AT RABBI'S HOME
HIGH HOLY DAYS AT ZIMRAT YAH
September 6, 2015 1:30pm Please join us for the GRAND OPENING OF ZIMRAT YAH
Please join us in celebrations we escort our Torah to its new home and celebrate the opening of Zimrat Yah.
May 4, 2014 11:00am - 4:00pm Jewish Festival
Join us in Oak Park