Please join us for a very special service of prayer, chant, meditation, a Torah reading with Metivta's signature aliyot and d'rash, followed by a kiddush. Our inspirational rabbis and teachers include Rabbi Anne Brener, Marilyn Zweifach, Lyle Poncher, and Evelyn Baran.
How do we turn away from that which is draining us of Life-force, and turn towards that which is Life-giving? How do we return to a sense of belonging, authenticity and connection to the whole of Creation? How do we surrender to the Great Mystery that is holding us, transforming us and loving us unconditionally?
The shofar blows to usher in Elul, leading up to Rosh Hashana, and it is blown every morning during the month of Elul. It is a profound opportunity to begin the process of awakening to mindfulness and the Days of Awe. Rabbi Ann Brenner, Rabbi Ivan Ickovits, Dr. Marilyn Zweifach, and Lyle Poncher will help guide us in this process during a day-long Shabbaton of chant, meditation, Torah study and prayer. At the beautiful Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino.
Price: $50 Includes Vegetarian Lunch.
For all those seeking the experience of a spiritual community's unique celebration of Shabbat, you are invited to the first in a series of very special observances organized by Metivta in the chapel of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills.
Led by Perry Oretzky, 9:30AM at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills followed by a short discussion; in addition, on the first Shabbat of the month I also lead a chant service at 10 and followed by a teaching. Find out more at http://www.tebh.org/ (click "This Week" button)
After doing our practice together all evening and all morning of Rosh Hashanah (softening our resistances, loosening our patterns, entering into expanded consciousness together through prayer, silence and Torah) we all will make a pilgrimage together to the beach. There we can open to a process of release and let the power of the ocean wash us clean. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be able to do Tashlich, the ceremony of releasing unhealthy patterns, (worries, fears and regrets) with the Pacific Ocean as our ally!
Our Tashlich process will consist of practices that will help us to surrender, get in touch with our yearning to know the essence, open us to the Source of flow and finally celebrate our essential purity.
We will meet at Temescal Canyon beach (Will Rogers State Beach) where Temescal Canyon Road meets the Pacific Coast Highway.
Directions: Drive North on PCH, enter the state beach at Temescal Canyon, Free Parking on Temescal Canyon Rd or $9 parking in the lot. We will gather not too far from the parking lot, beachside of bathroom building.
We are delighted to have Rabbi Shefa Gold leading our Elul Retreat again this year.
We hope you can join us.
The Babylonian name of the month has been thought of as an acronym for Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li (I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine) which is a line from Shir HaShirim (The Song of Songs). As we prepare ourselves for the High Holy Days we spend the month of Elul repairing the very foundation of our connection to the Great Mystery.
On Tishab’Av we experience a necessary shattering of that relationship and then spend the next 7 weeks returning, re-creating ourselves, and finally re-encountering that Mystery during the High Holy Days.
What is the journey from devastation to renewal?
The Shattering of Tishab’Av is also marked by the seeding of a profoundly hopeful vision- the birth of the Messiah or of Messianic consciousness. How do we water that seed? How do we nurture the seedling and honor its growth?
We are guided and inspired through this journey by 7 amazing texts- the haftorot of consolation, readings from Isaiah that show us the pathway from desolation to comfort, from utter destruction to dazzling hope.
Prepare for the High Holy Days by learning to blow shofar:
a class co-sponsored by Metivta and Ahavat Torah
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:10-9:10pm
Michael Chusid – the Master Blaster – has taught thousands of people to blow and know shofar. Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z"l, says "Michael is the mouthpiece of the shofar" The Jewish Journal says, “Chusid, the Master Blaster has a gentle, authoritative air.” He is author of Hearing Shofar: The Still Small Voice of the Ram's Horn and blogs at HearingShofar.blogspot.com.
Blow Shofar: You will learn too sound shofar – Guaranteed! It is easier and more satisfyinng than you may expect. Michael Chusid gets most students tooting in just a few minutes, while stressing fundamentals annd the mitzvah of hearing shofar.. Even with no previous experience, you'll bee well on your way to making a mighty blast of your own.
Know Shofar: In a noisy world, how can we hear the still small voice of God described by the prophets and the High Holy Days liturgy. You will learn meditations and techniques to atunne yourself to the call of shofar and prepare for the spiritual work of the Days of Awe
Where: Beachfront home, Westside Los Angeles, address will be sent after registration.
Cost: $18 donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Bring: If you have a shofar, bring it. If not, come anyways; shofarot will be available.
Registration: Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michael at +1 818 219 4937
Youth of bar/bat mitzvah age are welcome!
The coming of the sabbatical year known as Shmittah, the Song of Songs, and the parshat Re'eh will be the springboards for this work. Mining the richness embedded in these three, Rabbi Gold will guide us in joyfully preparing the ground of our being for new growth, heightening our sense of being held and guided by the Divine, and clearing our vision so that we more clearly see the Reality in front of us, and the work to be done.
Metivta’s special, pre-holiday retreat to get ready for Shavuot.
On this single-day retreat, we will prepare ourselves for Shavuot, the time of the reception of Torah/revelation.
Conducted largely in silence, this retreat will take advantage of several practices, including Shabbat prayer, chant, chi gung, learning and most of all, silent sits. Lunch is included in the registration fee.
Led by Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi) and the Metivta faculty .
$50 Members/ $60 Non Members, Includes luncheon with vegetarian options
Come to Santa Monica for an evening at Bhakti Yoga Shala sponsored by Metivta.
This is Shabbat as you always wanted it. We will move and breathe, chant and “asanate,” stretch, dance, do chi gung. Shabbat and prayer as you always dreamed it could be.
Kirtan Rabbi (Rabbi Andrew Hahn, Ph.D) is one of an emerging breed of cross-over, artist-rabbis whose joyful music and teachings address the deepest longings of the 21st century. He unites celebration of Torah and song in a way that allows people of all ages to discover renewed energy within their Jewish or spiritual practice.
Rabbi Andrew Hahn received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform) and earned his Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary (Conservative), both in New York City. He is resident faculty at Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York. He is presently Visiting Rabbi for Metivta: a center for contemplative Judaism in Los Angeles.
Om Shalom Yoga is an experience which celebrates Jewish prayer through the moving meditation of a Vinyasa flow yoga class. Weaving Jewish text and philosophies with yogic wisdom, this moving prayer gives participants a spiritual way to deepen their experience. Working traditional versions of Jewish prayers into modern, electronica arrangements composed and recorded for this flow, Om Shalom Yoga creates the moving, rhythmic space and a unique opportunity to share life as G-d intended….in the present moment.
Zack is a lawyer, yoga instructor, and musician from Los Angeles, California. As the founder and leader of Om Shalom Yoga, Zack weaves Jewish melodies and teachings into an all-levels, uplifting yoga class. Zack infuses breath awareness, strong sequencing, and humor into each session, urging students to find their own joy, strength, and equanimity in each pose so that these essential human qualities extend well beyond the mat, and into everyday life.
The Tao of Tanya: Exploring Why and How We Meditate as Jews
A multi-week text study with Rabbi Andrew Hahn, Ph.D.
Four Thursdays, starting May 8, 2014 @7pm • Class Dates: May 8, 15, 22, 29
This largely text-based course is a follow-up to Metivta’s Panel on Jewish Meditation. In the four week series, we will tease out whether there is a thing as “Jewish” meditation. Based in texts from the Jewish tradition — from the Bible, rabbinic and kabbalistic literature, as well as from modern thinkers — we will attempt to uncover reasons from Jewish wisdom as to why humans meditate. While you will gain the most benefit by following the series from beginning to end, each class will be self-contained. This class will be of interest to anyone who meditates. Where appropriate, short meditation exercises will embody what we have learned.
This week's class:
May 22: Olam ha-Ba, Now!: Finding Eternity in the Moment
Rabbi Hahn writes: It is often translated as the "World to Come." Or, coming at the end of time (or after our journey in these bodies ends) thought of as "heaven," or "paradise." But there is much more to this idea of a Reality beyond or even after the life we live here and now. In this class, drawing on the writing of our sages and the Kabbalah, we will examine the true meaning for us of an Olam ha-Ba and, as meditators, we will learn how we can access this "world" at any time we need to tap into its power. Includes gentle, easily repeatable meditation techniques.
May 29: Creation of Nothing from Something: Our purpose and task on earth according to teachings of the Tanya.
May 8: From Matzah to Revelation: The period from Passover to Shavuot and what it tells us about having a personal practice
May 15: Journey of the Jewish Soul: Why are we in these bodies and what are we supposed to do in them?
$20 per class or $65 for the series
A Friday evening of kirtan-inspired, chant-laced prayer, and meditation. Co-led by the clergy of TBI with the Kirtan Rabbi (Rabbi Andrew Hahn). A different kind of service: Come ready to dance, sit, breath, stretch and bask in the pregnant silence.
With the Kirtan Rabbi band and Rabbi Arielle Hanien. Sponsored by Metivta: a center contemplative Judaism
Arriving by Metro Light Rail:
Take the Gold Line to the Highland Park stop. Walk one block west to Monte Vista Street (away from Figueroa). Cross Monte Vista and turn right. Temple Beth Israel will be on your left hand side.
Monday, April 28 at 7PM at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. Tickets $10 in advance.
Moderated by Rabbi Andrew Hahn, Ph.D., the Kirtan Rabbi, with:
Dr. Jay Michaelson, author of five books, including Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment
Alison Laichter, founder and former director of the Jewish Meditation Center in NYC and current West Coast Manager for JDC Entwine
Rabbi Laura Geller, Senior Rabbi, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
Rabbi Jill Zimmerman, The Jewish Mindfulness Network, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Mike Comins, TorahTrek The Center for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality