**NOTE: Ragle Park is a Sonoma County Regional Park. To enter by car you need a Regional Parks pass, or to pay $7 at the kiosk. You can also walk in.
All ages welcome to our Shabbat services! No background experience or Hebrew literacy necessary.
This Shabbat we are excited to have awesome nature mentor Ida Rotto, of Weaving Earth, providing the children's programming! RSVP now to firstname.lastname@example.org (with your child's age) to let us know if they will be joining us this Shabbat.
9:30-10:00am Silent or Guided Meditation; Separate children's activities beginning at 9:30, then leaving the immediate (adult) location and returning at 10 to "pick up" more children. (Please RSVP so we know to expect your child/ren!)
10:00-12noon Heart-opening, accessible davenning through Hebrew chants & movement, followed by Torah study. Separate children's activities beginning at 10, and then leaving the immediate (adult) location. (Please RSVP so we know to expect your child/ren!) Children will be joining the beginning of this time.
12:00-1:00pm Kiddush/Lunch & Schmoozing
WHAT TO BRING:
- Camping chair, blanket, &/or meditation cushion
- Kippa and tallit, if you have them
- A vegetarian dish to share for potluck kiddish lunch - organic, seasonal offerings from home gardens and local farms especially appreciated. Fish and dairy also welcome.
So we can have an idea of how many people are coming, please RSVP to Rabbi Josh: Rabbi.Josh18@gmail.com or call 508.484.1631. If you are bringing children, please RSVP by the prior Wednesday. Children activities will begin at 9:30, and then the children will go off. The group will return at 10 a.m. to "collect" more children that have arrived.
WHAT TO EXPECT
What can I expect Shabbat morning?
Our gatherings are always non-judgmental, inclusive and welcoming of any and all levels of Hebrew and Jewish literacy! On Shabbat morning we begin with a half-hour of simple meditation that is lightly guided --no previous experience necessary--allowing us to fully arrive and deepen our sense of presence. Much of the morning service is made up of Hebrew chants--a short Hebrew phrase is repeated multiple times to allow us to really sink into its deeper meaning and to open our hearts. We may play with different ways of arriving in our bodies as well. We always build in time for silent prayer and meditation among the oaks and fields of Ragle Park. We then have space to encounter the weekly Torah portion--creating space for meaningful discussion of those things that really matter to us, in conversation with the vastness of centuries-old Jewish conversation.
Finally, we close with blessings over the Shabbat meal: motzi (on bread) and kiddush (on grape juice). If you would like to bring food to create a fuller meal, please do so! (You are also invited to bring your own plate/utensils/cup if you are staying for a meal).
Children's activities will include some prayers, stories, songs, and games. Please RSVP to Rabbi Josh by the Wednesday prior to services to if you are bringing your children, and please include their name/s and age/s.
We welcome you to come for all or any part of the experience.