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Kol Shofar’s Recurring Events and Special Events

(Please see our calendar for the most up-to-date information)

RECURRING EVENTS:

SUNDAYS:

9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Tikkun Olam: Meal Prep & Volunteering at Mill Street Shelter (usually the first Sunday of the month)
Join us as we prepare and serve brunch for 20-30 residents and enjoy the meal with them. Please contact Randi Lachter at 415.888.2241 or rlachter@gmail.com with questions.  Or go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49afaf292-kolshofar1 to sign up!  Upcoming dates: May 6, June 3

 

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Women’s Rosh Hodesh Group (usually the first or second Sunday of the month)
Rosh Hodesh means the “head of the new (moon)” and is celebrated monthly. Rosh Hodesh is considered a special holiday for women and is a time of rediscovering new and ancient ceremonies. In this group, we will explore text, chanting and movement rituals to explore the intention of each month.  Upcoming dates: May 27, June 10, July 8


MONDAYS
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(No recurring events)

TUESDAYS:

6:50 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: Morning Minyan on 5/15 (occasionally starts at a different time – Check the calendar prior to attending)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Talmud Study (occasionally starts at a different time – Check the calendar prior to attending)

 

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Prayers Unfolded: The Shabbat Morning Service – with Steve Schiff
Come study the Shabbat morning prayer service — its history and overall organization, with a focus on specific prayers, as well as different attitudes and approaches to praying. The class will be participatory and accessible to new learners; no Hebrew required. Taught by Steve Schiff. (No class June 5)

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Biblical & Prayer book Hebrew (Spring: Apr 10 – Jun 16)
Taught by Tikva Farber, the course is designed for those who want to learn Hebrew by studying the Siddur in its original authentic language. Learn to translate and form commentaries based on the root of the Hebrew words – gaining a deep understanding and meaning from the text. Learn more & register at http://catalog.lehrhaus.org/by_category/language/


WEDNESDAYS
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10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Chai Lights Walk at Blackie’s Pasture (Tiburon)
Join the Chai Lights group for a fun weekly walk.

 


THURSDAYS
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7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: Morning Minyan (occasionally starts at a different time – Check the calendar prior to attending)

 

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Chai Levy
Rationalists, mystics, comedians, philosophers, and inquiring minds of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join this stimulating and energetic text study group. We are learning texts of the Hasidic masters, discovering psycho-spiritual, mystical approaches to the weekly Torah portion. Feel free to drop in or come weekly. Bring your own vegetarian lunch. Free.  BREAKS May 31st.  Resume July 5th with Rabbi Leider.

 

FRIDAYS:

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Conversational Hebrew at Lerman Law in San Rafael (Winter: Jan 26- Mar 16; Spring: Apr 13 – Jun 8 (no class 6/1))
Taught by Tikva Farber, the Modern Hebrew course is intended to develop verbal communication skills in the spoken modern Hebrew language.  Infused with Israeli culture, a variety of methods and modalities are used to reach the goal of speaking Hebrew as it is spoken in Modern Israel.  Prerequisite: Beginning Conversational Hebrew course of equivalent understanding of reading and writing in Hebrew.  Learn more & register at http://catalog.lehrhaus.org/by_category/language/

 

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: Kabbalat Shabbat at Drake Terrace (San Rafael) – Usually the first Friday of the month
Upcoming dates:  Jun 1

 

SATURDAYS:

Our Shabbat Morning Services are one of the following types of services.  Check the calendar to see which service will be held this week.


9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Shabbat Morning Services followed by Kiddush

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Guided Shabbat Sit Meditation
Led by Larry and Diane Yermack, this Shabbat morning experience explores silence and spirituality through simply being present. Whether you are new to meditation or have many years of experience, you are warmly welcome. Drop ins welcome. Free of charge.

 

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Kol Neshama Minyan with Rabbi Chai Levy preceded by Unguided Shabbat Sit Meditation (often the 2nd Saturday of the month)
This musical, meditative, and participatory prayer experience is a chance to open your heart through song, to sink into the peace and joy of Shabbat, and to find a meaningful personal connection to the Torah portion and to others in our community. “Kol Neshama” means “voice of the soul/breath.” No Hebrew knowledge required. (TBA)

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Musical Shabbat Morning Service
Jewish tradition teaches that if we open our hearts just a little bit, that God and those around us open it the rest of the way. Music is a “heart-opener” and takes us beyond words. Join us for our joyful, spirited, musical service.
Upcoming Dates: May 19

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

 

Monday, May 21

9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Shavuot Services

Wednesday, May 23

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: How to Read the Bible: Bridging the Gap Between Ourselves and Our Inherited Texts with Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison (at Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael)
This four week course, held at Osher Marin JCC, is being co-sponsored by Kol Shofar.  To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading the Bible that are central to liberal Judaism’s orientations to reading sacred texts, but are not frequently utilized in synagogue settings. We will discuss myth and metaphor and the Bible’s literary history in order to uncover the ancient meanings of several of the Bible’s classic narratives and its law codes, and to determine their relevance to modern day Jews and the world in which we live.  Kol Shofar members get a discount, course cost is $40.  Register here.

Thursday, May 24

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: REAL Serenity Study – A Monthly Jewish Recovery Study Group at Congregation Rodef Sholom
Join us for a mothly, facilitated study and discussion group integrating recovery, Jewish, and spiritual ideas and texts.  The group facilitation involves reflective questioning, sharing, and text study.  Led by Rabbi Paul Steinberg on the Fourth Tuesdays of the month, from 7:00-9:00 p.m..  Hosted at Congregation Rodef Sholom 170 N San Pedro Road, San rafael. Kindly RSVP to MHI@rodefsholom.org. 

For more information please visit our website at: www.rodefsholom.org/MHIThe REAL Mental Health Initiative at Rodef Sholom is supported by the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation. 

Saturday, May 26

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Shabbat Services – Rabbi Chai Levy’s Farewell Shabbat
Join us for a special Shabbat Service as we honor Rabbi Chai Levy’s service to Kol Shofar.  Assembly member Marc Levine will be presenting Rabbi Chai with a proclamation.  Stay afterward for a Kol Shofar sponsored community kiddush after services.

Sunday, May 27

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Women’s Rosh Hodesh Group RESCHEDULED
Rosh Hodesh means the “head of the new (moon)” and is celebrated monthly. Rosh Hodesh is considered a special holiday for women and is a time of rediscovering new and ancient ceremonies. In this group, we will explore text, chanting and movement rituals to explore the intention of each month.

Wednesday, May 30

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Kol Shofar’s Annual Meeting and Community Gathering
Come join us for our annual meeting as we plan for the year ahead!

Sunday, June 3

9:30 a.m – 11:30 a.m.: Tikkun Olam: Meal Prep & Volunteering at Mill Street Homeless Shelter
Help prepare and serve brunch for 20-30 residents and enjoy the meal with them. Please contact Randi Lachter at 415.888.2241 or rlachter@gmail.com with questions.  Or go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49afaf292-kolshofar1 to sign up! (First Sunday of the month)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Chai Lights Tour of The Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco) followed by lunch
Chai Lights invites you to join a Docent-led tour, followed by lunch at Wise Son Jewish Deli (in the museum) at 11 am. Goldberg is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways, giving rise to the term Rube Goldberg machines for any similar gadget or process.  RSVP to Judi Finkelstein: 415.927.0132 or finkelstein@comcast.net.  Carpooling is recommended.  Everyone will pay their own admission at the door ($9 for seniors and Museum members are free), but the cost of the docent tour is $6/person.  Send a $6 check (delivered by May 27th) to: Lynne Furman, 233 Knight Drive; San Rafael, CA 94901

Thursday, June 7

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Rabbi Chai’s Farewell Party
Join us to celebrate Rabbi Chai Levy’s 16 years of service to Congregation Kol Shofar on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. for a catered vegetarian dinner, tributes, musical meditation band, video & dancing. Cost is $18 for members, $36 for non-members. RSVP by purchasing a ticket here before May 24th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farewell-party-for-rabbi-chai-levy-registration-45000038326  Questions? Call Elan at Kol Shofar, 415-388-1818 ext.106 ecoplin@kolshofar.orgIn addition to attending the event, you can make a donation to underwrite the cost, and/or purchase tributes honoring Rabbi Chai. Tribute slides will screen at the farewell party, be published on our Kol Shofar website and be included in a printed book presented to Rabbi Chai. Please send copy, photos and/or art work for Tributes to Sara Glass at sglass@kolshofar.org or call 913-634-6572.  Click above to purchase tributes, due by May 14th. 

Saturday, June 9

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Moti Ze’ira at Kol Shofar – The Head of HaMidrasha 
Topic: Challenges of a Jewish and Democratic State at 70- It’s not just political
Join the Kol Shofar community to hear Moti Ze’ira speak following our worship services and traditional Kiddush.  Being a young State and a People as old as the Bible, what can we do to reconcile these dimensions today? Israeli Judaism has a major role in  Jewish Peoplehood, yet few in the US have heard about this  movement.  Come hear and discuss our growing role in developing the character of a Jewish and Democratic State.

Moti Zeira, a founder of HaMidrasha, is one of Israel’s leading experts on Jewish and Israeli identity and emerging Jewish communities in Israel. He is instrumental in shaping an inclusive paradigm of Jewish identity and spearheads the growing Jewish renewal movement in Israel.

Sunday, June 10

10:00 a.m.:  Men’s Group Meeting
The meeting will feature a presentation by Yoni Saadi, AIPAC’s Associate Area Director for San Francisco and Marin, who will discuss recent developments affecting U.S. relations with Israel. All congregants all welcome to attend.

Saturday, June 16

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Panim el Panim-led Community Conversation
Many of you participated in our Panim el Panim-led Community Conversations after kiddush on April 7 and asked for a follow up meeting to discuss what we learned as a community. On June 16 after Kiddush we’d like to share what we learned. We hope you will join us, whether or not you participated in our small groups on April 7th.

Tuesday, June 19

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Making the Torah Personal with Rabbi Paul Steinberg
The Torah is not ancient history that happened long ago, but rather a spiritual epic that continues to happen in our lives at every age.  Join Rabbi Steinberg for three, 60-minute sessions in an informal setting as we unearth the Torah’s wisdom, making the weekly portion relevant and personal in our lives.  Bring your own dairy/vegetarian lunch. Free. Come for one class or to all three!

Topics:
June 19, Parshat Chukat: Jewish Law and Ethical Decision-Making
June 26, Parshat Balak: Holy Chutzpah
July 3, Parshat Pinchas: Feminism and Jewish Legal Thought

Saturday, June 23

9:30 a.m. Judaism by Choice Shabbat Morning Services followed by Kiddush. Join us as we welcome those in our community who have recently converted to Judaism as they come forward to have an aliyah and to speak about their inspiring Jewish journeys. These students have participated in our partnership with the Miller Introduction to Judaism program at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. 

For more information on our Judaism 101 class, click here
For more information on the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program, click here

11:30 a.m. Shabbat Sit Meditation

Sunday, June 24

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Two Big Mouths (A performance at Kol Shofar)
Join us for a fun performance at Kol Shofar presented by Kol Shofar’s Art Salon, Center for Jewish Spirituality, and Chai Lights.  Naomi Newman and Linda Hirschhorn will perform in this tapestry of story-telling, memoir, midrash, music and laughter – about growing up Jewish, growing old and growing wiser.  The show will be followed by discussion.  $18 for Members of Kol Shofar, $25 for non-members.  Get your tickets at: http://bit.ly/KSTwoBigMouths  (Made possible in part by a seed gift to the Kol Shofar Endowment Fund by Leon & Jeannette Berger.)

Tuesday, June 26

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Making the Torah Personal with Rabbi Paul Steinberg
The Torah is not ancient history that happened long ago, but rather a spiritual epic that continues to happen in our lives at every age.  Join Rabbi Steinberg for three, 60-minute sessions in an informal setting as we unearth the Torah’s wisdom, making the weekly portion relevant and personal in our lives.  Bring your own dairy/vegetarian lunch. Free. Come for one class or to all three~

Topics:
June 26, Parshat Balak: Holy Chutzpah
July 3, Parshat Pinchas: Feminism and Jewish Legal Thought

Tuesday, July 3

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Making the Torah Personal with Rabbi Paul Steinberg
(See info above)
Topic: July 3, Parshat Pinchas: Feminism and Jewish Legal Thought

Thursday, July 5

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.:  Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Leider resumes

Friday, July 6

6:15 p.m.: Kabbalat Shabbat at Drake Terrace

Thursday, July 26

7:00 p.m.: REAL Serenity Study at Rodef – Click here for information

Sunday, July 8

7:00 p.m. –  9:00 p.m.: Women’s Rosh Hodesh Group

Friday, August 10

6:30 p.m. Summer Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Potluck
(at a private residence in San Rafael)
All ages are welcome for a sp ecia l eveningwith musician Achi Ben-Shalom followed by a potluck dairy dinnerand Israeli folk dancing. Questions? Contact: LouiseLipsey@gmail.com

Thursday, August 23

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet with Rabbi Steinberg and Solar Panel Launch