A ladder stood on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven (Genesis 28:12)
This is prayer. (Zohar)
Second Friday Nights with Hazzan Ramón Tasat
Global Jewish music, plenty of ruach/spirit, soulful davening, and occasional dancing in the aisles! 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by an Oneg Shabbat (light refreshments). Led by Hazzan Ramón Tasat, usually on the second Friday night of the month.
Havdalah Celebrations on Saturday Nights
Every so often Shirat HaNefesh gathers for a special Havdalah service. Check our calendar for listings.
Friday Nights Live!! with Rabbi Gilah Langner
Our Friday Nights Live!! program includes a short service to welcome Shabbat (6:30 p.m.), a delicious potluck vegetarian dinner (7:15 p.m.), and a speaker or program with lively discussion (8:00-9:00 p.m.).
Upcoming Programs and Dates in 2019-20:
August/Sept (TBD): Retirement Tips and Tricks
Nov. 22: Sigd! (Another New Jewish Holiday)
Jan. 24: The Global Jewish Food Village
Feb. 7: Tu B’Shvat with Trees for the Future
March 27: Social Justice speaker
May 22: Yom Yerushalayim: Tales of Jerusalem
Our Shabbat services are intimate and filled with uplifting music and spiritual inspiration.
We meet each Shabbat, with davening, meditation, Torah reading, and discussion. We start at 9:30, finish at noon, and enjoy a light kiddush until 12:45 p.m. Members of the congregation are encouraged to read Torah, chant a Haftorah, or give a reflection on the Torah reading. We also invite our B’nei Mitzvah kids to lead a prayer or two of the service.
Once or twice a month, Rabbi Langner leads a “Rabbi’s Table” seminar-style learning and discussion session, from 10:45 to 11:45 on Shabbat morning after a slightly shortened service. People are welcome to attend the entire morning or to come just for the Rabbi’s Table discussion. Occasional “After Kiddush” sessions feature members of Shirat HaNefesh who include rabbis and educators, on topics of their choosing.
Rabbi’s Tables for 2018-2019 include:
Sept. 8, 2018: Rabbi Gilah on the Social Justice Hevruta (Fellowship)
Sept. 22: Haazinu and Great Biblical Poetry
Oct. 13: The Hasidic Tisch with Rabbi Bob Saks
Oct. 20: National Refugee Shabbat
Nov. 24: Jewish Meditation Techniques with Rabbi Gilah
Dec. 1: Gideon Amir on Things You Don’t Know About Hanukkah
Dec. 22: David Balto on Writing an Ethical Will
Jan. 19, 2019: Shabbat Shirah with Norma Brooks: Sing a New Song!
Jan. 26: Black-Jewish Alliances with Virginia Spatz and Scott Schneider
Feb. 2: Darius Sivin on Chosenness
Feb. 23: Rabbi Gilah: The Golden Calf and Original Sin
March 16: Text Study with Rabbi Gilah
Shirat HaNefesh is blessed with many varied, talented, and motivated members who contribute to make the Days of Awe meaningful.