Count the Omer with Shifrah Tobacman

The 49 days between Passover and Shavuot, beginning with the second night of Passover, are the traditional time for counting the Omer.

"Thanuking" and Hanukkah Celebrations Abound

Don't light the menorah alone. The candles are burning bright at a joyous celebration every night with the Minyan - check out our Hanukkah gatherings on our Events page. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 11th: "Scholars, Sages, & Holy Fools"

Tuesday evening, June 11th: "Scholars, Sages, & Holy Fools"
The Minyan inaugurates a new series, designed to let us hear from community members about their areas of expertise. In the first program, Minyan member Robert Jaffe, an attorney working on the ongoing legal case against the indefinite detention law, which allows the government to detain anybody they deem connected to terrorism indefinitely and without a hearing, will moderate a panel featuring Daniel Ellsberg, a plaintiff in the case.

Celebrate with the Goldfarbs on February 23rd, 9:30 am – 2 pm!

Reuven and Yehudit will help lead a Shabbat morning service to celebrate the wedding of their son, Elishama, and his bride, Casey Madison, on Saturday morning, February 23rd at Chochmat HaLev. The wedding is in Denver the previous weekend.

The Aquarian Minyan

The Aquarian Minyan invites you to our diverse and welcoming East Bay Jewish Renewal community.  Our community was conceived in ecstatic creativity by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, co-founder of the Jewish Renewal Movement.  
We are Jews of every level of observance, young and old, single and partnered, LGBT and straight, and every sort of family, differently-abled, spiritual seekers and practitioners of many traditions.

New Years by the San Francisco Bay (or: Hanukkah in Santa Monica, the sequel) by Len Fellman


I'm spending New Years,

for these past few years,

here in Berkeley by the San Francisco Bay.

In January

I'll still be merry,

because the New Year of the Trees will make my day.

Sukkot Celebrations

We have quite a few sukkahs that are ripe for visiting and celebration. Check out the list of Open Sukkahs on our event calendar!

An excerpt from Rabbi Diane's Rosh HaShanah talk, "Hineni: The Dance of Presence"

Hineni: The Dance of Presence

Rosh Hashanah  5772
by Rabbi Diane Elliot


I’ve striven for hineni and struggled with hineni—for whole-hearted, whole-bodied presence—for as long as I can remember.  In the world such as it is, with so many assaults on the senses, so much information, so much pain and struggle, it’s been hard to want to bring myself fully, consistently here


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