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Shabbat Morning Together

  • Ari Elster's home in Sebastopol 7837 Anthony Street Sebastopol, CA, 95472 United States (map)

**Dec. 19 7 Tevet

**NOTE the changes below for this month:

  • This is the 3rd Saturday of the month! 
  • For children's component on this Shabbat: RSVP to RabbiDaria@gmail. by Wed., 12/16 if you will be bringing children! Depending on numbers there will be a children's only component for part of this day.      

To RSVP and for more information, including the address, please send an email to or call Rabbi Josh at 508.494.1631 by 2 p.m. on Friday!

All welcome to our Shabbat services! No background experience or Hebrew literacy necessary.

9:30-10:00am Silent or Guided Meditation;

10:00-12noon   Heart-opening, accessible davenning through Hebrew chants & movement, followed by Torah study.

12:00-1:00pm    Kiddush/Lunch & Schmoozing


-  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. 

- Clothing to be comfortable outdoors (ie warm layers, rain gear). 
*NOTE: During the winter months we move our gathering location into people's homes, but weather permitting on any particular Shabbat morning we will still try to spend time outdoors, so bring layers and rain gear if it will be cold, perhaps a little wet, but not downpouring!

So we can have an idea of how many people are coming, please RSVP to Rabbi Josh: or call 508.484.1631. 


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. 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).

We welcome you to come for all or any part of the experience.

Later Event: December 23
No Massei Zmanim