June 2013

June 1, 2013 
Sivan 23, 5773
Friday Candlelighting: 7:45 PM
Parashat Korach
 

 

SAVE THE DATE: ELUL RETREAT 2013

Metivta's annual Elul Retreat will be held August 23-25. Hold the date and watch the website for more information!


JONATHAN OMER-MAN BOOK PROJECT UPDATE

We are pleased to report that the book has reached a new milestone: we are currently awaiting the final draft to bring to a publisher.  All of us who have been involved in this project are extremely excited to have reached this stage of the process. 

We are all eager to see the final fruit—a published book—yet this is an extremely labor-intensive process that cannot be rushed. Rabbi Omer-Man's teachings have tremendous depth and subtlety, and the job of preserving them for posterity demands attention, care, and time.

Rabbi Omer-Man has chosen to title the book Perpetual Pilgrim: Teachings of Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, and our hope is that this volume will bring his profound and original insights into Judaism and the spiritual life to all seekers, for decades to come. We have no doubt that his work will stand the test of time. We who have had the privilege to study with Rabbi Omer-Man directly feel honored to be involved in the preservation his teachings.


JONATHAN OMER-MAN HONORED AS ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST INFLUENTIAL RABBIS!

We recently encouraged our members to nominate Rabbi Omer-Man, founder of Metivta, for The Jewish Daily Forward's list of America's Most Influential Rabbis. We are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Omer-Man has been selected for a feature in an upcoming issue! We cannot thank our members enough for helping to bestow Rabbi Omer-Man with this honor, and for allowing Forward readers across the country to glimpse into what makes Rabbi Omer-Man such an incredible teacher.

Click here to read one of the testimonials to be published with the feature, written by Joel Stern, our Chazzan for High Holidays. And stay tuned for more info on when Rabbi Omer-Man's feature will hit newsstands nationwide.


NEW FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES

There are now even more ways to stay involved with Metivta! Our brand new Facebook and Twitter pages are a great resource for info on classes, events, meditation opportunities, and much more. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter today!


COMMUNITY NEWS

PRE-NEW EMANUEL MINYAN MEDITATION
Perry Oretzky will lead Jewish meditation prior to the New Emanuel Minyan beginning on Jun 1, 2013. Meditation will be held on the first and third Shabbat of each month at 9:30 AM. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Contact Temple Emanuel at (310) 274-6388 or info@tebh.org for more info.

JEWISH MINDFULNESS NETWORK EVENTS
Join Rabbi Jill Zimmerman for Jewish Mindfulness Network events throughout the LA area! Includes special events and weekly meditation. Click here for more info and to register. 

EARTH WIND FIRE & AIR CANOE TRIP
Rabbi Shefa Gold invites you to a five-day canoe trip and spiritual retreat in Maine! July 9-14 on Moose Bow River in Jackman, Maine. For more info, click here for the flyer or contact Howard at (413) 652-7086 or burningbushadventures@gmail.com.

May 2013

 May 3, 2013
Iyyar 23, 5773
Friday Candlelighting: 7:35 PM
Parashat Behar-Bechukotai

Erev Shavuot: Tuesday May 14th
Sivan 5, 5773
Candlelighting: 7:29PM

A NIGHT TO DEEPEN OUR PRACTICE OF RECEIVING TORAH - SHAVUOT WITH METIVTA

"...the giving of Torah is a marriage of Heaven and Earth, God and Shekhinah, God and Israel, and God and Every Individual." --Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man

Join us Tuesday evening, May 14th, for a Tikkun Liel Shavuot. Traditionally, Erev Shavuot is a time for engrossing ourselves in words of Torah. With that in mind, we will be studying together and using contemplative practices - meditation and chant - to help us bridge the gap between us and the Mystery of Being in preparation for receiving Torah the following morning.

We will meet at the home of Marilyn Zweifach and Don Rossmoore beginning at 8:30PM and ending at approximately 12:00AM.

Space is limited. RSVP to Marilyn at mz@rossmoore.com or (310) 397-1411.

Directions will be provided upon request.


JONATHAN OMER-MAN BOOK PROJECT UPDATE

We are pleased to report that the book has reached a new milestone: we are currently awaiting the final draft to bring to a publisher.  All of us who have been involved in this project are extremely excited to have reached this stage of the process. 

We are all eager to see the final fruit—a published book—yet this is an extremely labor-intensive process that cannot be rushed. Rabbi Omer-Man's teachings have tremendous depth and subtlety, and the job of preserving them for posterity demands attention, care, and time.

Rabbi Omer-Man has chosen to title the book Perpetual Pilgrim: Teachings of Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, and our hope is that this volume will bring his profound and original insights into Judaism and the spiritual life to all seekers, for decades to come. We have no doubt that his work will stand the test of time. We who have had the privilege to study with Rabbi Omer-Man directly feel honored to be involved in the preservation his teachings.


JONATHAN OMER-MAN HONORED AS ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST INFLUENTIAL RABBIS!

We recently encouraged our members to nominate Rabbi Omer-Man, founder of Metivta, for The Jewish Daily Forward list of America's Most Influential Rabbis. We are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Omer-Man has been selected for a feature in an upcoming issue!

We cannot thank our members enough for helping to bestow Rabbi Omer-Man with this honor, and for allowing Forward readers across the country to glimpse into what makes Rabbi Omer-Man such an incredible teacher.

Click here to read one of the testimonials to be published with the feature, written by Joel Stern, our Chazzan for High Holidays. And stay tuned for more info on when Rabbi Omer-Man's feature will hit newsstands nationwide.

 


NEW FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES

There are now two more ways to stay involved with Metivta! Our brand new Facebook and Twitter pages are a great resource for info on classes, events, meditation opportunities, and much more. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter today!


COMMUNITY NEWS

REFA'EINU SERVICE OF HEALING 
Please join the Jewish Healing Center  for their monthly healing service. This month's theme is "An Integrative Approach to Serious Illness" with guest speaker Stuart Garber, D.C., Ph.D.  Monday , May 20 from 7:30PM to 9:30PM   at Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd. Click here for the flier. 

A SHOFAR BLOWER'S CALL FOR HELP
Michael Chusid invites you to join him this July at the Aleph Kallah. Author of Hearing Shofar: The Still Small Voice of the Ram's Horn, Michael brings a voice to anyone who wants to learn more about shofar blowing, whether you are a musician or musically inclined, are in Jewish education or leadership, or are interested in healing through sound or the Shamanic roots in our Tradition. Registration closes on May 15For more information, click here to download the brochure or contact Michael directly at shofarot@gmail.com or (818) 219-4937.

JEWISH MINDFULNESS NETWORK WORKSHOPS 
Join Rabbi Jill Zimmerman  for a special workshop, Judaism You Can Use: Jewish Spiritual Practices of Waking and Sleeping.   Thursday, May 23 from 12:00PM to 1:30PM at Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90049. For more information and to register, click here to view the brochure.

EARTH WIND FIRE & AIR CANOE TRIP
Rabbi Shefa Gold invites you to a five-day canoe trip and spiritual retreat in Maine! July 9-14 on Moose Bow River in Jackman, Maine. For more info, click here for the flyer or contact Howard at (413) 652-7086 or burningbushadventures@gmail.com.

April 2013

April 1, 2013
Nisan 21, 5773
Friday Candlelighting: 6:54 PM
Pesach I
Erev Pesach occurs on Monday evening, March 25 with Candlelighting at 6:51 PM


CHAG SAMEACH

We wish you a very happy Pesach!


JONATHAN OMER-MAN TO BE HONORED AS ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST INFLUENTIAL RABBIS!

We recently encouraged our members to nominate Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, founder of Metivta, for The Jewish Daily Forward list of America's Most Influential Rabbis. We are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Omer-Man has been selected for a feature in an upcoming issue! We cannot thank our members enough for helping to bestow Rabbi Omer-Man with this honor, and for allowing Forward readers across the country to glimpse into what makes Rabbi Omer-Man such an incredible teacher.

Click here to read one of the testimonials to be published with the feature, written by Joel Stern, our Chazzan for High Holidays. And stay tuned for more info on when Rabbi Omer-Man's feature will hit newsstands nationwide.


NEW FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES

There are now two more ways to stay involved with Metivta! Our brand new Facebook and Twitter pages are a great resource for info on classes, events, meditation opportunities, and much more. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter today!


COMMUNITY NEWS

JEWISH WEEK OF WISDOM AND WELLNESS
Metivta has teamed up with Jewish Wisdom and Wellness for a week of inspiring events throughout Southern California! Please join Metivta teachers Rabbi Andrew Hahn, Ida Unger, Rabbi T'mimah Ickovits, and more on April 21-27. Please visit the website for more information and to register.

BODYFULNESS MEDITATION WITH THE KIRTAN RABBI
Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, will lead a class in easy, Tai Chi-inspired movements through a Jewish Concept. Tuesday, April 23, 7:30-8:30 PM, at Silverlake JCC, 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles CA 90029. Click here to register or contact Joanne Tolkoff at joanne@justtolkoff.com or (785) 766-7679 for more information.

TORAH TREK 2013
Join Rabbis Mike Comins and Shefa Gold in sacred chant and Jewish Spirituality activities in the redwood forest of Hendy Woods State Park. April 25-May 1, 2013. Visit torahtrek.org for more info.

EARTH WIND FIRE & AIR CANOE TRIP
Rabbi Shefa Gold invites you to a five-day canoe trip and spiritual retreat in Maine! July 9-14 on Moose Bow River in Jackman, Maine. For more info, click here for the flyer or contact Howard at (413) 652-7086 or burningbushadventures@gmail.com.

March 2013

March 1, 2013
Adar I 19, 5773
Friday Candlelighting: 5:32 PM
Parashat Ki Tisa


JONATHAN OMER-MAN BOOK PROJECT UPDATE

We are delighted to inform you that all of the major work for Rabbi Omer-Man’s book, Perpetual Pilgrim: Teachings of Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, is now complete! We are currently on schedule to submit the finished manuscript to an editor at a major publishing house and are eagerly awaiting the final product.

With the finish line in sight, we cannot overstate our appreciation for all of the support we've received from the Metivta community in making R' Jonathan's book a reality. This project was funded entirely through donations, and the emotional support has helped to keep momentum going every step of the way. On behalf of R' Jonathan and the Metivta Board, THANK YOU!


NEW METIVTA WEBSITE

We are pleased to announce that our website has recently undergone a full redesign! Our hope is that this new site will become a resource for our community to stay abreast of upcoming events, and for those new to Metivta to learn more about who we are and what we do. Please visit metivta.org to explore the new site for yourself.


RABBI OMER-MAN'S BLOG

Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, founder of Metivta, has posted his latest musing, titled "Betrothed, Again," onto his Perpetual Pilgrim blog. To be certain to receive notification of each new posting (about once every three weeks), you can subscribe on the top right of the home page of the website.

To receive Reb Jonathan's latest teachings, visit Perpetual Pilgrim.

Be sure to add jonathan@omer-man.com to your "no spam" list to be notified of future updates to Rabbi Omer-Man's blog.


COMMUNITY NEWS

CONTEMPLATIVE SERVICES
Temple Emanuel is offering two contemplative services, facilitated by Rabbinic Intern Sara Abrams. Services begin at 9:30 AM, preceded by meditation at 9:00 AM. Saturday, March 2 and 16 at Temple Emanuel Chapel, 300 N. Clark Dr., Beverly Hills CA 90211. For more info, contact Sara Abrams at (310) 288-3742 or saraabrams@tebh.org.

TORAH TREK 2013
Join Rabbis Mike Comins and Shefa Gold in sacred chant and Jewish Spirituality activities in the redwood forest of Hendy Woods State Park. April 25-May 1, 2013. Visit torahtrek.org for more info.

EARTH WIND FIRE & AIR CANOE TRIP
Rabbi Shefa Gold invites you to a five-day canoe trip and spiritual retreat in Maine! July 9-14 on Moose Bow River in Jackman, Maine. For more info, click here for the flyer or contact Howard at (413) 652-7086 or burningbushadventures@gmail.com.

February 2013

February 1, 2013
Sh'vat 21, 5773
Friday Candlelighting: 5:06 PM
Parashat Yitro


NEW METIVTA WEBSITE

We are pleased to announce that our website has recently undergone a full redesign! Our hope is that this new site will become a resource for our community to stay abreast of upcoming events, and for those new to Metivta to learn more about who we are and what we do. Please visit metivta.org to explore the new site for yourself.


VIDEO OF MAGGID PAUL WOLFF'S YOM KIPPUR DRASH, "THE RIVER OF LIFE"

For those who celebrated the High Holidays with us this past year, the drashes of Maggid Paul Wolff were a highlight of the services. We are pleased to share the video of the Yom Kippur drash, titled the "The River of Life." 


RABBI JONATHAN OMER-MAN BOOK PROJECT

Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, founder of Metivta, has posted his latest musing, titled "Betrothed, Again," onto his Perpetual Pilgrim blog. To be certain to receive notification of each new posting (about once every three weeks), you can subscribe on the top right of the home page of the website.

Contribute now to the Jonathan Omer-Man Book Project

To receive Reb Jonathan's latest teachings, visit Perpetual Pilgrim.

Be sure to add jonathan@omer-man.com to your "no spam" list to be notified of future updates to Rabbi Omer-Man's blog.


COMMUNITY NEWS

RABBI OMER-MAN OFFERING FOUR-WEEK CLASS
Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man will be teaching a four-week class, "Religious Verse of Many Nations," beginning Tuesday February 5, at 7:00 PM at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Avenue, Berkeley, California, 94702. Preregistration is necessary, as the number of participants will be limited. Call (510) 549-9447 or email office@netivotshalom.org for more information.

JEWISH HEALING CENTER OF LA: BIKKUR HOLIM TRAINING
Rabbi Carla Howard invites you to a two-part volunteer training workshop in the art of Bikkur Holim (visiting the sick). February 4th and 11th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035. For further information or to RSVP, please contact Amy Schancupp at amy@jhcla.org or (310) 277-1550.

TORAH TREK 2013
Join Rabbis Shefa Gold and Mike Comins in sacred chant and Jewish Spirituality activities in the redwood forest of Hendy Woods State Park. April 25-May 1, 2013. Visit torahtrek.org for more info.