Kehilla Community Retreat 2020:
Shabbat in the Virtual Meadow

Saturday, July 11, 10:30am – 6:15pm
Zoom link here!

Please note there is an alternate Zoom link between 4pm-4:50pm for Folks with White Privilege

Join us as we spend Shabbat with Kehilla at our virtual and most expansive retreat ever!.

Virtual Retreat Schedule

10:30am-12:15pmMorning Shabbat ServiceHazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman, Rabbi David Cooper and Beth Dickinson kick off our virtual summer day-long retreat with Shabbat morning services to enliven the spirit and connect as community.


1pm-1:50pmDrawing With Real Life with Leah KoricanDrawing is a wonderful way to deeply connect with the visual world. You will be gently guided in techniques for seeing and drawing whether you draw all the time or have not drawn since kindergarten. Instructions will be given over zoom with time draw, share, and connect. Please bring some paper, a pencil, and an eraser along with any other materials you might like to use. All ages are welcome.


2pm-2:50pmA Conversation with Rabbi David CooperJoin our one and only Rabbi David who will tell us his favorite Talmud stories. 


3pm-3:50pmMoving with the Energy of Shabbat
with Julie Emden
of Embodied Jewish Learning
By this time in the afternoon, it is time to move a little, dance a little and shake off whatever we wish to release from the week. Join Julie for a joyfully, gently guided movement/dance experience with a carefully curated playlist for our Shabbat afternoon. All movements that we do in our day-to-day life can be considered a ‘dance’ so don’t be shy! Join us! Wear comfortable loose clothing in which you can easily move, clear a space in front of your screen (you can turn your video on or off), and bring your journal and art supplies if you are so inclined. All ages are welcome.


4pm-4:50pmGathering for POC, Misrachi, Sephardi, and their Parents, and Partners with Ruthie LevinWe will take this time to enjoy each other and apply our creative hearts, wisdom and wit to create together. Possibly a song lyric, a prayer, a limerick or a joke. It’s a good time to use our individual and collective voices in order to further the conversation as only we can. All ages welcome.


4pm-4:50pmGathering for White Folks at Kehilla
(at a Separate Zoom Address)
Come hear a few members of the Folks with White Privilege Affinity Group share about the upcoming Arc of Change anti-racism trainings being planned for Kehilla (along with support for People of Color) — beginning this fall, led by Yavilah McCoy & Dimensions Consulting. In conjunction with our Belonging & Allyship Initiative, this is aimed at transformative institutional change around uprooting white supremacy. We’ll share, hear questions and feedback, reflect and connect together!

Join us through the Zoom link here


5pm-6pmKehilla’s Fabulous Talent Show M.C.’ed by Lisa RothmanWe are thrilled to have our own Lisa Rothman, comedian extraordinaire, M.C. for us. We invite all varieties of talent – hoola hoops, toe puppets, singers, songwriters, poets, magicians, actors, gymnasts, and especially YOU to contribute to making this a special gathering. Be sure to bring your own special treats to eat and drink as you enjoy the show.  

Reserve your spot by emailing Barbara Cohen with your talent and the expected length of your part of the show – maximum time 3 minutes – with special exceptions to 4 minutes (because you can’t stop singing in the middle of an aria).

If you don’t sign up but there is room on the program, “drop in” talent will be considered. Filler jokes are especially invited.


6pm-6:15pmClosing Circle