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Fire & Stars

  • Hillel Posner's Property 7590 Mirabel Road Forestville, CA, 95436 United States (map)

Fire & Stars

In attuning to the seasons, Zmanim's Saturday/Shabbat gatherings are shifting. It's getting darker earlier, which means that Shabbat ends earlier. At our Fire & Stars gatherings we come together late afternoon to relax into the remaining hours of Shabbat together before transitioning into the very sweet end-of-Shabbat (havdalah) rituals together. When possible, the lighting of the havdalah candle and conclusion of these rituals will lead into a campfire together.

Join us, from 4-7:30ish! 


~ 4 p.m Shabbat time! (For adults- unstructured naps, songs, games; For children- also children-led games, songs; Explore the land! - Bring rain gear!)
~ 5:15 Veggie/Dairy/Kosher fishpotluck dinner*
~ 5:30-6:15 *NEW: Shabbat salon** (topic below)
~ 6:15 Havdalah/End of Shabbat rituals that start when we see 3 stars
~ 6:45 Stories & Songs w/Campfire, weather permitting

 *Note- the precise timing of havdalah and the meal will depend on each month, and when we can see the stars. Some months we'll eat first; some months we'll mark havdalah first! Havdalah starts when3 stars can be seen in one glance. Theend-of-Shabbat havdalah rituals include using a braided candle, grape juice/wine, spices, blessings, and songs. Mark this important transition time with us!

** Shabbat Salon- Join Rabbi Josh for 45 minutes of learning and discussion on this particularly relevant post-election topic: "What Does Judaism Say About Repairing Our Broken World?" Within the restful and spacious context of Shabbat, we'll take a step back to consider this question in its broadest sense, with the help of some great Jewish thinkers and dreamers.

To bring: 

favorite adult & children's games to share
~ campfire songs & stories to share
~ veggie potluck item for dinner
dish/silverware/cup set
~ warm layers (since we will hopefully get outside for a campfire, weather permitting!)
~ picnic blanket (optional)
~ instruments for songs (optional)

Earlier Event: November 16
Sacred Hebrew Chanting
Later Event: November 23
Sacred Hebrew Chanting