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Special Shabbat: ALEPH Listening Tour at Kehilla

Friday & Saturday April 15 & 16

 With Special Guests:

Rabbi David Evan Markus
Rabbi David Evan Markus
Shoshanna Schecter-Shaffin
Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Rabbi Rachel Barenblat





Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday, April 15, 7:30pm

With guest leader, Rabbi David Markus, Hazzan Shulamit, 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 a 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. Oneg Social Gathering following. Please bring veggie finger food to share.


Chai Shabbat: Saturday, April 16, 10am

With guest leader, “the Velveteen Rabbi,” Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, and Kehilla’s Service Leaders and Musical Prayer Leaders. 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.  We will also welcome a new baby into the world, Ellis Raphael Gratz-Lazarus, and his big sister, Norah Jean Gratz-Lazarus, son and daughter of Rachel & Zach Gratz-Lazarus.

And, after the service and kiddush, we will have time to interact with Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and co-chair Rabbi David Markus in a Listening/Open Mic gathering concerning the future of the Jewish Renewal Movement. Oneg Social Gathering following.  Kiddush sponsored by Ruthie & Jon Levin in honor of the yahrzeit of Jon’s stepfather, Bill Stull, and by Bill & Lynn Lazarus in honor of their grandchildren, Ellis Raphael and Norah Jean.


Special Open Mic / Listening Gathering: Saturday, April 16, 1:30pm
With Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, Rabbi David Evan Markus
& Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin, Executive Director 

The co-chairs and Exec Director of the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal along with Kehilla’s spiritual leaders will discuss issues facing the future of Jewish Renewal and will open the mic to hear your thoughts and your issues with the Renewal movement. 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? Bring your own thoughts or questions to share. More information see: About the Listening Tour



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