First and Third Fridays, 7:30pm: Join us for a song-filled and soulful evening of spirited and contemplative prayer, led with voices and percussion.
Second Fridays, check the calendar for timing: Join us for a liturgically traditional and radically inclusive service. All are welcome, whether old or new to this style of prayer.
Regular Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday Mornings, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by Kiddush
We replenish ourselves spiritually at these morning services of differing emphases. Sometimes a lot of singing, sometimes a lot of Torah discussion. Sometimes meditation, sometimes body movement. Sometimes all of the above. Different service leaders each week add to the variety.
Several times a year, we pull out all the stops. An array of service leaders, singers and musicians lead an interactive celebration of Shabbat much in the style of our rousing High Holy Day services, but shorter! After a morning Chai Shabbat service, we enjoy a sumptuous kiddush luncheon in the warmth of our community, and when we have Kabbalat Chai Shabbat, we kick off Friday night services with a festive shabbat meal together.
Shabbat Service & Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebration
As an added treat, at many services, one of our Kehilla youth will celebrate her or his coming of age by reading from the Torah, offering a drash, or teaching, and speaking aloud his or her covenant with our community, with the Jewish people, and with (or without) God.
4th Friday of every month, 6:00 – 6:30 pm Music and Puppets, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Blessings and Potluck Dinner, for babies and children up to age 5 and their grown-ups
1st Saturday of every month, 10:30am, geared for babies and children up to age 3 and their grown-ups, followed by a simple kiddush with snacks.
If there are young children in your family, you are warmly invited to bring them to Tot Shabbat. It’s a wonderful way to introduce your children to Shabbat and to meet other Jewish families.
We love that we have all kinds of families at Tot Shabbat. Some have two Jewish parents and some have one. We have queer families, multiracial families, and families with single parents. Sometimes grandparents bring their grandchildren. Come join us for a special time of shabbat connection and fun!
For evening Tot Shabbat, please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share or finger foods if you can (dairy & fish okay, but no shellfish, please.) If you can’t, please come, anyway! For morning tot shabbat, you’re welcome to brings snacks to share and some will be provided.
Led by Jen Miriam and Alon Altman and their puppet friends.
This service is held several times a year on Saturday mornings, 10:30am-12pm.
Family Shabbat is filled with upbeat songs and prayers geared to younger participants but meaningful to all. Plenty of opportunities will be provided for participants to dance, wiggle, and sing!
Family services are be co-led by Rabbi Gray Myrseth, a Musical Prayer Leader, and special guests.
All are invited to join in the Family Shabbat service and kiddush following. We are thrilled to offer this service as a way into Shabbat morning practice for kids and families, as a way for current bar/bat mitzvah students to gain experience leading on our bimah, and as a way for post-bar/bat mitzvah teens to continue to share their gifts with our community.
NOON Kiddush: Please bring veggie or dairy finger foods to share.
Glitter Kehilla Shabbat
Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for the address.
Glitter Kehilla is a community of people in our 20s and 30s -ish, of all genders and sexualities, creating meaningful Jewish rituals, celebrating holidays, learning together, making art, and being fabulous.
We are looking for Glitter folks who can host future Glitter Shabbat potlucks in the Oakland or Berkeley areas.
Please let us know if you are interested!
**All events are fragrance-free
Please come chemical/scent free, so that events can be accessible to everyone in our community.