Gatherings and Teachings

Tuesday, December 12, 7 pm, 1st night of Hanukkah and Recovering the Scattered Lights: a Hanukkah Solstice Ritual facilitated by Starhawk - SOLD OUT! Thanks for the great response!
Location: Kehilla, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont

Starhawk is the author or co-author of thirteen books on earth-based spirituality and activism, including the classics The Spiral Dance, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, her visionary novel The Fifth Sacred Thing and its long-awaited sequel, City of Refuge. She directs Earth Activist Trainings, (, teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and activism.

Starhawk is Jewish by heritage, by years of Hebrew School, Bat Mitzvah and beyond, and has a deep connection to her roots. She travels internationally, lecturing and teaching on earth-based spirituality, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism.

Thursday evening, December 14, 8PM, Celebrate the 3rd night of Hanukkah, with Michele Alany and the Mystics in Concert at The Backroom in Berkeley, with Sephardic, Original and Hanukkah Songs

We are excited to welcome Michelle, daughter of long-time Minyan member Ray Alany. to Berkeley. A classically trained violinist and vocalist, she draws on an eclectic background to perform fiddle-driven Sephardic, klezmer, Balkan and Mediterranean soul music. “I consider songs a vehicle for culture and language,” says Michelle, now in her early 30s. She describes her musical focus as “celebrating differences and appreciating similarities. … Music can reach that space more than I ever could with words. If you can open hearts, then you can open minds.” She calls herself “an ambassador and educator of Sephardic, Eastern European and Mediterranean folk music.”

Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at the door for Students with ID;
$15 advance/$18 at the door for General Admission.

Click here for info and tickets

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space.

More about Michelle’s musical background.
Spain tour, Ochi Chornye 2017


Saturday, December 16, 6-10 pm, Celebrate the 5th night of Hanukkah with Nancy Feinberg, basking in the light of our Menorahs, singing Hanukkah songs together as we watch our candles burn. Bring your menorah, candles, your instruments and voices, help make latkes or bring salad, side dish, or dessert. Location on Cedar near MLK—call Abigail, 510-914-4247 for address.


Tuesday, December 19, Celebrate the Last Night of Hanukkah with Len & Tovia
Doors open at 6 for a potluck dinner. At around 7:30 we will gather to share stories & songs (including a new Chanukah song by Len). Bring your menorah so we generate so much light, we will all taste the victory of spirit over darkness and despair.
Bring instruments. A shoe-free house. Slippers provided.
Location: near Gilman & San Pablo. Call 510-528-1122 for address, directions.

Thursday, December 28, 7 pm, 2nd Minyan Sharing facilitated by Marty Potrop
7 pm, veggie/fish/dairy potluck supper 7:30 sharing and discussion
Shalom Chevre, We have revived a fundamental Minyan tradition: a MONTHLY MINYAN SHARING! We have just emerged from the High Holy Days, a period of profound spiritual intimacy. A pillar of community is better knowing one another; weaving a web of sharing. The Minyan Sharing is just such an opportunity. Each of us will have the opportunity to share something which we feel important for the community to know about us. Bring your joys, your concerns, your needs, your abundance, your stories, and let’s enrich ourselves and community together.
Marty Potrop will facilitate.
Location: TBD Repeating event, 4th Thursday of each month