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Kehilla’s Annual Retreat

Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

We will celebrate Shabbat with our community, in a beautiful setting at Lake Temescal!

Ticket sales end Monday, July 16th

Childcare and Programming for Children will be Available

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The Day’s Order of Events: 

10am                 Gather for Shabbat Service
10:15 – 12:30  Shabbat Service and Children’s activities
12:30 – 1:15     Lunch (catered, included in ticket)
1:30 – 2:45      Playshops Session A
3-4:15               Playshops Session B
4:15 pm           Closing Ritual

Address: 6500 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618

Playshops will include: (descriptions bellow)

Biblical “Truth” and the Creation Story with Rabbi David

Rhythm and Jews with Debbie Fier

Sketching from Nature with Leah Korican

Talmud with Rabbi Gray

Family Friendly Botany Hike and Sensory Meditation with Naomi Stein

Learn New Songs/Tunes with Hazzan Shulamit and SAM Luckey

Prayerful Images with Chinabear Joseph and Sue Kearney

and also:

Join Kehilla’s Greening Committee! Visit us at July 21st Retreat Lunch-Time Tabling!

Kehilla’s Greening Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. The Committee has been meeting for over 10 years and is always excited to take on new environmental projects. Please bring your issue or proposed project to us and consider working with us on it. Our proud accomplishments include adding a bike rack and solar panels to Kehilla’s building, and working with other community organizations to bring Alameda County’s Community Choice Energy program—East Bay Clean Energy—to fruition. Come to our Retreat table on July 21st and find out more about East Bay Clean Energy’s launch in November and how you can make the most of it in your home. Our other activities have included holding voter information nights and debates on crucial issues, such as what climate and fire-prevention policies to support, as well as participating in innumerable marches and letter-writing campaigns. We use each project as an opportunity to protect the environment and to build community at Kehilla and beyond. We keep each other informed about the many outside groups we participate in and seek out as partners. Your energy and enthusiasm can find a home with us. We look forward to meeting you! Please contact us at greening@kehillasynagogue.org.


Playshop Descriptions

Biblical “Truth” and the Creation Story: Few (if not none at all) in Kehilla believe that the Torah’s creation stories are factual. And yet the stories in Chapters 1&2 of Genesis contain a series of truths. We’ll explore the stories to look at those truths and ponder the difference between facts, truths, myths, theories and lies.

Sketching from Nature: Drawing is a wonderful way to deeply connect with the visual world. We will take our inspiration from the landscape around us; zooming in on details or meditating on a larger landscape. No prior experience is necessary. You will be gently guided in techniques for seeing and drawing whether you draw all the time or have not drawn since kindergarten.  All ages are welcome.

Family Friendly Botany Hike and Sensory Meditation: We will take a short hike, and discover an enormous array of plants along the way, learning about the food and medicine growing all around us. Also offered will be a couple of games that help us connect with plants and people, as well as sensory meditations.

Prayerful Images: Assemble your prayers with torn and cut paper and bits

Rhythm and Jews with Debbie Fier: Come enjoy the playfulness and deep power of the drum out in the beauty of nature. On Shabbat afternoon, sitting under the trees, we will clap, snap and drum together. If you have a drum, bring it. I will bring a variety of drums and percussion for folks to use. Everyone welcome! Come play!

Learn New Songs/Tunes with Hazzan Shulamit and SAM Luckey 

Talmud with Rabbi Gray

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Saturday, July 21, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Temescal Regional Recreation Area
6500 Broadway Terrace
Oakland, CA 94618
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