Gatherings and Teachings

HIGH HOLY DAYS COME EARLY THIS YEAR! Full schedule and registration here.

Rosh Hashanah

(All services at Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, California 94710 

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 9th:
Registration opens: 6:15 pm
Chanting and Candle-lighting: 7:15 pm
Ma'ariv-Evening service: 7:30 pm

Come join us for the kick-off event of the High Holy Day season - Erev Rosh Ha-Shanah, the eve of the Jewish New Year - to recharge our emotional and spiritual batteries for a - no doubt about it! - exciting year ahead.

To encourage and inspire us, the Minyan has put together a stellar service leadership team consisting of

  • Rabbi Tsvi Bar-David. It's his fifth year with the Minyan!
  • Jewish Buddhist teacher and performance artist Nina Wise returning as Speaker
  • And musical director Zameret Juli Moscovitz and her fabulous band, doing fusion on American social protest songs with traditional Jewish liturgy, which, when you think about it, go together very well!
  • Also Minyan members Barry Barkan, Stephanie Brown, Shoshana Dembitz, Abigail Grafton, Marty Gross, Miriam Loeb, Claudia Miller, Karen Roekard, Miriam Stampfer

Our Erev Rosh Ha-Shanah band will include:

  • Zack Pitt-Smith, consummate klezmer clarinetist
  • Hali Hammer, bass and vocals, local activist, and songwriter
  • Eli Goldlink, jazz improvisation and keyboard virtuoso
  • Kevin Coleman, jazz, rock and world beat, playing full drum set for us

Directed by: Zameret-Julianne Moscovitz, playing Guitar and Vocals, Jewish music maven, Juli has accompanied Reb Shlomo Carlebach, Reb Zalman Schacter-Salomi, Rabbi Shefa Gold, and many more.

Special Guest artists:
Daniel Lewin, violin
Aryeh Trupin, clarinet

Join us, bring your joy, bring your commitment to tikkun olam - social justice, and get ready to be energized on all levels!

Monday, September 10th:
9:30 am Shakharit with Shoshana Dembitz, Rob Katz, Ruti Gubkin and more
11:00 am Torah Service with Bob Jaffe and leyners
4:00 pm Tashlikh, Aquatic Park in Berkeley, (directions available at Rosh Hashanah)
7:00 pm New Year's "Party": with our Rockin' Rebbe Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers

Tuesday, September 11th, Honoring the Life and Legacy of Rabbi David Wolfe-Blank, Rabbi of the Aquarian Minyan (1980s and 1990s):
9:30 am meditation/chanting
9:45 Shakharit
11:30 Torah Service
12:45 Kiddush/snack
1:15 Shofar & Musaf Service

Saturday evening, September 15, 6:00-9:30 pm, The Aquarian Minyan and the Yeashore Community once again very proudly present the FREE Bonfire of Reflection!®

Location: Picnic Site 2 at Live Oak Park in Berkeley. You can enter this site from Walnut or from Oxford Street, between Rose and Eunice.
Please bring food and drinks for yourself and some to share.
Also bring many friends, your miracle stories, and musical instruments.
We will provide chocolate, Kosher marshmallows and crackers for S'mores!!
****You are invited to bring something to burn as a way of letting go of it.****
Havdalah will be about an hour after sunset.

Tuesday evening, Sept 18 -- Wednesday, Sept 19 Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)
Solemn, joyful service
Tuesday, 9/18, 6 pm

Yom Kippur Day
Where it all comes together
Wednesday, 9/19, 9:30 am

All High Holy Days events are held at Rudramandir in Berkeley unless otherwise noted.

Yom Kippur Walkout-12:30-12:50 pm, September 19th (YK day)
Aquarian Minyan service leaders and congregation will join synagogues, congregations, and individuals across America participating — together with our friends in other faith traditions — in an 18-minute walk-out at or near noon during Yom Kippur (September 19, 2018) to deliver a loud and clear message: It is time for a national תשובה to — Restore America’s Conscience!
For more information, and to personally sign up, go to

TESHUVAH NIGHTS w/the Aquarian Minyan 2018/5779 ALL WELCOME!!

Wednesday, September 12th, 7pm
My Aging Journey with Barry & Debbie Barkan

A Teshuvah Night that asks & answers: “How have I experienced my aging in the past year (challenges, growth, resilience) and how do I get ready for whatever’s coming next?” LOCATION: 6407 Regent St, Oakland 94618, 3 houses north of Alcatraz BRING: Potluck snacks This event is co-sponsored by the Elders' Guild. Further info call/text Barry 510-551-8422

Friday September 14th, 6:30pm
Storytelling Shabbat with Jake Birnberg

6:30 gathering/7 brief service/7:30 Dinner followed by a storytelling circle where we’ll share stories of teshuvah:* from our lives, from Hasidic tales, from ??? LOCATION: Lower Rockridge home, RSVP for address 510-717-3479
BRING: Veggie/fish potluck

Saturday, September 15th, 6:00-9:30pm
The Aquarian Minyan and the Yeashore Community once again very proudly present the Bonfire of Reflection!®
LOCATION: Go to Berkeley Creative Arts Center at 1275 Walnut, Berkeley. You then enter the site from there. Picnic Site #2.
BRING: Please bring food and drinks for yourself and some to share. We will provide chocolate, Kosher marshmallows and crackers for S'mores!! Also bring your friends, your miracle stories and musical instruments.
Havdalah will be about an hour after sunset.
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The website for the Berkeley Bonfire of Reflection is: ....The Yeashore website is:

Sunday, September 16th, 7pm
An evening on Forgiveness with Rabbi Tsvi Bar David:

music and reflection on the primary words in Hebrew having to do with forgiveness.
BRING: potluck desserts
LOCATION: RSVP for North Berkeley address:

Monday, September 17th, 6:45pm
Talking Takhlis with Karen Roekard:
pre-Yom Kippur eating, singing niggunim and letting go of our last bits of OY….. so we can go forward clearly and cleanly!!
BRING: Veggie/fish potluck (Dog alert!)
LOCATION: RSVP for North Berkeley address

*TESHUVAH = the work of the High Holy Days i.e. making amends, getting answers, finding our way back to our highest/best selves so we can go forward in walking/creating our path for the coming year