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Shabbat Morning Gathering & Shmita (a sabbatical for the land) Study

  • Ragle Park 500 Ragle Rd Sebastopol, CA, 95472 United States (map)
Kit Hevron Mahoney

Kit Hevron Mahoney

9:30-10:00am    Guided Meditation to prepare us to open to the power of shmita.

10:00-12noon     Heart-opening, accessible davenning through Hebrew chants, movement, and Torah study, to continue this preparation. Led by Rabbi Daria.

In this week's Torah study we will look at and discuss the themes of shmita, a sabbatical for the land.  Join our conversation as we engage with the original Torah texts (in English) and the words of some of our commentators.  This will not simply be an exercise in understanding shmita in our tradition, but we will ask what shmita might mean for us today!

For those who joined us for our wild edibles and ephemeral nature art day in January at Ocean Song, this will be an opportunity to discuss the original texts ourselves, and examine possible shmita applications to our community here.

12:00-1:00pm      Kiddush & Schmoozing


-  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 or click here.


What can I expect Shabbat morning? We start 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 motzi and kiddush.  If you would like to bring food to create a fuller meal, please do so!

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


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