Gatherings and Teachings

Saturday evening, April 29, 7-9:30pm, Going Beyond Resistance: Transformative Social Action - A Teaching and Discussion with Baal Bracha Barry Barkan
Havdalah and veggie/fish potluck;
Location:Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline St at Essex, Berkeley 94703, across from Ashby BART.
Five steps to enter the space. Street parking

From Barry: “Our Aquarian Minyan community has always been about making G-d’s presence real in our lives and in the world. As part of our legacy as an epicenter of Jewish Renewal, we have worked to create a sacred community in which we’ve been working to transform each of us, the world, and G–d, Herself. Our glue has been our ability to promote spiritual and social transformation that makes room for each of us and transcends polarization.

In these troubled times, we need to unremittingly and creatively resist the increasing encroachment upon human rights, freedom and the social safety net. But at this moment of the paradigm shift, when our legacy to the future is hanging in the balance, we need go beyond resistance to envision and actualize profound strategies for transformative social action that unleash cascading ripples of Tikkun Olam and accelerate the collective metamorphosis.

At the heart of the revolution needs to be a continuing process of learning and consistent action in each encounter that enables us, as Mahatma Gandhi taught, to become the change we want to see in the world. Without congruency between values and action in each encounter, our highest aspirations are coopted by our own inability to transcend old patterns.

This teaching and discussion will focus on the integration of strategies for transformative action and the actualization of the Tzaddik that lies within each of us. It will be led by Baal Bracha Barry Barkan, one of 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries elected to a lifetime fellowship for his work as a leading edge social innovator committed to restoring the role of “elder” to the culture.

In keeping with our history of joining with organizations that are theologically and strategically compatible with us, we view this as an opportunity to build a grassroots collaboration with groups who share our values and sensibilities. Members of Keneset HaLev, Jewitch Collective, and the Elders’ Guild have been invited to join us for this important gathering. As our teacher Reb Zalman, whose memory continues to be a healing and a blessing, taught:

"The Only Way To Get It Together Is Together.“

Sun, May 7, 7pm - 9pm, Dr. Avivah Zornberg will speak on The Binding of Isaac at Chochmat HaLev
more information and tickets ($15 to members of co-sponsoring organizations) here: https://chochmat.org/event/avivah-zornberg/
Co-sponsored by The Aquarian Minyan, Afikomen, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, JCC - East Bay, Jewish Studio Project, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Kevah, Congregation Netivot Shalom, and Urban Adamah.

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, May 30 - Wednesday, May 31, Tikkun Leyl Shavuot at the JCC East Bay