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Listening Tour at Kehilla: ALEPH (Alliance for Jewish Renewal)

Join us for this special weekend at Kehilla on  Friday & Saturday, April 15 & 16!

With Special Guests:

Co-Chairs of ALEPH: Rabbi Rachel Barenblat & Rabbi David Markus

& Executive Director of ALEPH: Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Rabbi Rachel Barenblat


Rabbi David Evan Markus
Rabbi David Evan Markus
Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin
Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin






Special Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, April 15, 7:30pm

Led by Hazzan Shulamit, guest Rabbi David Markus and all our Musical Prayer Leaders. Join us to light Shabbat candles and for a song-filled and soulful evening of spirited and contemplative prayer. Rabbi David Markus is co-chair of Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal and will be giving a d’var Torah to help prepare the way for Listening/Open Mic gathering on Saturday about the future of the Jewish Renewal Movement. For more about their tour, see About the Listening Tour here: at    Oneg Social Gathering following. Please bring veggie finger food to share.


Chai Shabbat

Saturday, April 16, 10:30am

With Kehilla’s Service Leaders and Musical Prayer Leaders with Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (“The Velveteen Rabbi”). Yes, it’s one of our special musical and spiritual Chai Shabbatot with an extra twist. We welcome the leadership this morning of Rabbi Rachel, an inspiring service leader and co-chair of the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal. And after the service and kiddush, we will get to have a time to interact with her and co-chair Rabbi David Markus in a Listening/Open Mic gathering concerning the future of the Jewish Renewal Movement. Kiddush sponsored by Ruthie & Jon Levin in memory of Jon’s stepfather. Please bring veggie food to share.   Oneg Social Gathering following.  Feel free to come for the oneg even if you can’t make it for the service. If you can, bring a veggie dish to share.


Special Listening Tour/Open Mic session

Saturday, April 16, 1:30pm

With the co-chairs of the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Rabbis Rachel Barenblat and David Markus, and Aleph Executive Director Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin, along with Kehilla’s spiritual leaders, on the future of Jewish Renewal. What do you most cherish about Renewal that you hope the future will carry forward?  What would you jettison or change?  What new focus would you recommend in coming years? What would you need to be better able to partake of or contribute to the benefits of the Jewish Renewal movement beyond Kehilla? Bring your own thoughts or questions to share. See About the Listening Tour (

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