Gatherings and Teachings

Saturday night, July 29, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Shloshim for Chuck Burack’s mother, Ruth Burack, in Martinez.
It will begin with a veggie potluck (no fish) with a preference for gluten-free. After the potluck, we'll do Havdalah and a brief Maariv and then Chuck and Mary Ann will share memories of Ruth.
For location, please contact Mary Ann at sarasvati5@sbcglobal.net.

Monday evening, July 31, Workshop on the Purpose and Power of the Lament at 7 pm, Tisha B’Av Service at 8:30, both led by Reb Goldie Milgram @ Chochmat HaLev Building.
7-8:20 pm. The Purpose and Power of the Lament, Sacred Study with Rabbi Goldie Milgram, Reb Goldie
As humans we express our suffering by lamenting--with tears, with cynicism or humor, with silence, with a shrug, or a sigh. Our Jewish culture embraces the lament with our music, our prayers, our sacred texts, and the wisdom of our sages. In this workshop we will study the Trauma-Healing sequence developed by Dr. Barry Bub as a way to understand the anguished How(l) of Eichah, the Book of Lamentations chanted on Tisha b'Av. Then, we will partner with each other to create a stanza of our own laments and see what emerges.
Location: Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince Street, at Fulton Street, Berkeley
Cost $20, $10 to members of Aquarian Minyan, Chochmat HaLev, and Kehilla. No one turned away for lack of funds.

8:30-9:45pm. Candlelight Tisha b'Av Service with Rabbi Goldie Milgram and Leyners

Tisha B'Av reveals something believed to be inseparable that became separated. The Meal of Separation consists of a glass of water, a piece of bread, and hard-boiled egg dipped in ashes and is a traditional prelude to this day of mourning,and fasting for those who are able. We will continue with this day's traditions within the Jewish cycle of spiritual healing with a contemplative service by candle light which includes chanting of Eichah, the Book of Lamentations.

Suggestions: Fasting? Have your regular dinner before arriving. Bring something for sitting upon the floor and a flashlight to read by. Dress simply.
Chairs will be available for those who need them.
Location Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince Street, at Fulton Street, Berkeley

Co-Sponsors: Chochmat HaLev & Kehilla Community Synagogue

Rabbi Goldie Milgram is a specialist in the fields of Jewish experiential and spiritual education. She is best known as the "rebbe-on-the-road," for her travels world-wide as a seeker and teacher of Torah, Jewish spiritual practices. "Reb Goldie" founded (2000) and heads the 501C3 non-profit Reclaiming Judaism, serves as editor-in-chief for Reclaiming Judaism Press, and in 2014 founded a three-year distance-learned training program for Jewish educators titled Jewish Spiritual Education (JSE): Maggid-Educator Training. Her publications are numerous, beginning with Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice: Holy Days and Shabbat (Jewish Lights Publishing.)

She last visited the Aquarian Minyan in 2005, and we are very excited to welcome her back.

Contact Shoshana, sdembitz@gmail.com for more info.

Save the Date: Sunday Afternoon, August 13, Join Fran Avni for a Harmony Happening and Party
Fran is back from Montreal for her first visit in four years. Let’s welcome and sing with her.
Donation for Fran requested
Location: 1736 Ward St, Berkeley, CA
Exact time TBA.