Community-Wide Song of Songs Seder
Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality
June 2nd, 2018 ~ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
at Kehilla: 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont
$18 - $36 NOTAFLOF
Kick off Pride month with a community wide Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality. Debbie Fier, Bruce Bierman, and his husband, Gilberto Melendez will help lead this participatory ritual filled with song and dance.
Past attendees of this seder, including non-Jews and straight identified folxs said they were moved and delighted by the experience.
The seder is based on the Ashkenazi custom of reading Song of Songs on Passover, and the Sephardic tradition of reading it every shabbos. We will gather together in community to rejoice and celebrate queer sacred sexuality for we know that all acts of love and pleasure are our rituals, are holy, and celebrate the Goddess.
Rabbi Akiva – one of the greatest rabbis of his era (late first century, early second century) – weighed in that “while all of the sacred writings are holy, the Song of Songs is the holy of holies!” (Mishnah, Yadayim 3:5).
Wheelchair Accessible Fragrance Free venue. Please come fragrance free including laundry, hair, and body products so that everyone can participate. Click here for more about what that means. ASL Interpretation is not being provided, but all the words to the readings and songs will be provided.
Ritual foods and drinks will be provided. Please bring a potluck dish to share. We'll fill our plates with food, say a blessing at the beginning of the event, and then start the seder. Please label the food you bring.
Co-presented by JeWitch Collective and Aquarian Minyan with Torah of Awakening, Chochmat HaLev, Sha'ar Zahav, Oakland's Moishe House, and Wilderness Torah co-sponsoring. Contact events@JeWitchCollective.org with any concerns or questions.
Torah of Awakening features the transformational teachings and music of Reb Brian Yosef through Jewish meditation workshops, online learning, and musical High Holiday services. Visit their website to learn more and access free guided meditation recordings.
What are my transportation/parking options?
Click here for directions generated by Google maps. Please plan to arrive early, as parking can be challenging. The parking lot adjacent to the building is reserved for disability parking. There is plenty of street parking around the area – but take care to read the parking signs, as some spaces have enforced time limitations. The Ace Hardware store across the street doesn't close until 6 pm so please don't park there before then.
What can I bring to the event?
Everyone is asked to bring a potluck dish and label what the ingredients are. Kehilla's policy is that we can have Vegetarian food (including dairy) and Fish. “Fish” excludes shellfish and mollusks such as crab and lobster, squid, octopus, clams, mussels. Imitation crab/lobster in sushi often contains extracts from shellfish and should not be used.
You're also encouraged to bring musical instruments.
Which entrance should I use?
Kehilla Community Synagogue is a three-story building located on a triangular, sloping lot bordered by Grand Ave and Fairview Ave. If you can walk down stairs, enter through the patio. The gate to the patio is located on Fairview Avenue. In order to reach the gate, you will need to go the entire length of the building on Grand Ave, turn the corner and come up the hill on Fairview. Note that the hill is somewhat steep.
Where is the accessible entrance to this event?
The event is happening on the lower floor of the building. The entrance for this floor is on Grand Ave, adjacent to the bus stop. We suggest parking in the Kehilla lot. Then go along the Grand Ave. side of the building (passing the main steps). When you get to the bus stop on your right, you will see the double doors into Kehilla on your left.
What does it mean to come fragrance free?
Kehilla is a fragrance free venue. Please come fragrance free including laundry, hair, and body products so that everyone can participate. Click here for more about what that means. Here is a list of fragrance-free products and related resources that can assist you.
Why Be Fragrance Free?
Part of Jewitch Collective’s mission is that we are rooted in diversity and committed to building inclusive community. Our committment to holding fragrance free events is an ongoing invitation to practice tikkun olam (repair of the world) with openness, compassion and constant learning.
An increasing number of people in our community are harmed by a variety of common chemicals and fragrances — due to allergies, asthma or other chemical sensitivity, they may have difficulty breathing, migraine headaches, flu-like symptoms and more. When we come to an event having used products on our bodies or clothing that include fragrances or chemicals, those who are allergic or sensitive are faced with the choice to stay and get sick or leave and be excluded. You help us make the event accessible to all by coming fragrance free. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Will this event be ASL interpreted?
ASL Interpretation is not being provided, but all the words to the readings and songs will be provided.
Is there a minimum age requirement to enter the event?
While there is no minimum age requirement, the haggadah contains references to sexually explicit behavior. Please take this into consideration when deciding for whom this event is appropriate.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
What's the refund policy?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please bring the printed ticket or be prepared to show it to us on your phone.
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
1300 Grand Ave
Piedmont, CA 94610
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