January 2013

January 1, 2013
Tevet 19, 5773
Friday Candlelighting: 4:39 PM
Parashat Shemot


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As another year draws to a close, we would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone in our Metivta community for your support throughout the last year. Through our many enriching programs and retreats, 2012 has offered many opportunities to strengthen our spiritual connections and to use all that we have learned to enhance our daily lives. 

We have a number of exciting developments planned for 2013, so stay tuned. On behalf of all of us here at Metivta, we wish you a blessed new year.


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.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

SILENT SHABBAT CONTEMPLATIVE RETREAT
There are a few spots left on the Institute of Jewish Spirituality's Silent Retreat! Join Institute for Jewish Spirituality Rabbis Jonathan Slater, Lisa Goldstein, and Jordan Bendat-Appell for a Shabbat practice of contemplative silence and prayerful reflection. January 11-13, 2013 at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley. Click here for more info.

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.

December 2012

December 1, 2012 
Kislev 17, 5773
Friday Candlelighting: 4:26 PM
Parashat Vayishlach


CELEBRATE HANUKKAH WITH THE METIVTA COMMUNITY - SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH

Bring your menorahs and candles to start Hanukkah together with an evening of prayer, song and storytelling as we light candles together on the first night of Hanukkah, December 8th at 7:30PM. To be held at the home of Metivta member Marilyn Zweifach in West Los Angeles. 

Maggid Paul Wolff will be performing a story of Light with a live musical score by Steve Moos. This will be their second offering in their "Soul Scenes" series. Stay for desserts and tea following our gathering.

If you plan to attend, please remember to RSVP to marilyn@metivta.org. Volunteers needed to help set up and clean up!  Please let Marilyn know if you are willing to help when you RSVP. 

Address and directions will be provided with RSVP.

Suggested donation: $18.

Watch your inbox for our newsletter or contact metivta@metivta.org for more information.


RABBI JONATHAN OMER-MAN BOOK PROJECT

Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, founder of Metivta, has posted his latest musing, titled "Dig That Well," onto his Perpetual Pilgrim blog. To be certain to receive notification of each new posting (about once every three weeks), you can subscribe at the top right of the home page of his 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 email's "no spam" list to receive updates from Rabbi Omer-Man's blog.


COMMUNITY NEWS

JEWISH MEDITATION SITS IN LOS ANGELES
Regular morning meditation with Rabbi Jill Zimmerman. For more info, please refer to the flyer.

MEDITATION CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE
Rabbinic Intern Sara Abrams of Temple Emanuel is offerring a series of Jewish meditation classes at the National Council for Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax Avenue. For more information contact batyel2@gmail.com.

November 2012

November 1, 2012
Cheshvan 16, 5773
Friday Candlelighting: 4:31 PM
Parashat Toldot


CELEBRATE HANUKKAH WITH THE METIVTA COMMUNITY - SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH

Bring your menorahs to start Hanukkah together with an evening of prayer, song and storytelling as we light candles together on the first night of Hanukkah, December 8th at 7:30PM. To be held at the home of Metivta member Marilyn Zweifach in West Los Angeles. 

Maggid Paul Wolff will be performing a story of Light with a live musical score by Steve Moos. This will be their second offering in their "Soul Scenes" series. Stay for desserts and tea following our gathering.

RSVP to marilyn@metivta.org. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early. Volunteers needed to help set up and clean up!  Please let Marilyn know if you are willing to help when you RSVP. 

Address and directions will be provided with RSVP.

Suggested donation: $18.

Watch your inbox for our newsletter or contact metivta@metivta.org for more information.


RABBI JONATHAN OMER-MAN BOOK PROJECT

Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, founder of Metivta, has posted his latest musing, titled "Portcullis Eyes," 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, go to Perpetual Pilgrim

Be sure to add jonathan@omer-man.com to your "no spam" list to receive updates from Rabbi Omer-Man's blog.


COMMUNITY NEWS

JEWISH MEDITATION SITS IN LOS ANGELES
Regular morning meditation with Rabbi Jill Zimmerman. For more info, please refer to the flyer.

MEDITATION CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE
Rabbinic Intern Sara Abrams of Temple Emanuel is offering a series of Jewish meditation classes at the National Council for Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax Avenue. For more information contact batyel2@gmail.com.

September 2012

September 1, 2012
Elul 14, 5772
Friday Candlelighting: 7:03 PM
Parshat Ki Teitzei

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REFLECTION ON THE ELUL RETREAT

Twenty-seven of us gathered at this year’s Elul Retreat for an inspiring 44 hours as we prepared ourselves for the upcoming High Holy Days. Our gratitude to the leaders, Rabbi Andrew Hahn and Metivta teachers Evelyn Baron and Lyle Poncher: they held a sacred space for us to join in silence as we meditated, studied Torah, chanted, prayed, and learned together. We struggled with our inner dramas and rested together in an intimate spiritual circle. We had an unforgettable evening of Kirtan with Rabbi Andrew, who called out the names of God to us in both Hebrew and English prayer and taught us how to join in the cosmic symphony as we returned his call. The quiet of the retreat center coupled with the depth of the teachings was truly a gift along our path.

Yasher Koach to the retreat leaders and to each of you who were there to help create a nourishing Shabbat weekend.


HIGH HOLIDAYS 2012

We have a vision: On our personal journey through the Days of Awe, the Yamim Noraim, we will each discover our innermost truth. This is the mysterious opportunity of the High Holy Days.

Every year we strive to bring new dimension and depth to our services. This year, we are happy to welcome Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi. He will be leading our Erev Rosh Hashanah Service. As always, all of our services will be an eclectic and rich mix of prayer, contemplation, chant, teaching, movement and silence. On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, we will hold our traditional Chant and Meditation Service.

Services will be held at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles. Register now by downloading and filling out the registration form; please email completed registration forms to caroleann@metivta.org (please include "2012 High Holidays Registration" in the subject line). This form includes sponsorship opportunities, as well as the Yizkor Book of Remembrance application.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation in addition to your ticket registration. Like every non-profit today, our costs are rising. Though the cost of holding these services has increased, no person is ever turned away from Metivta for lack of funds. We thank you in advance for your additional support.

Join us this year. Our journey together will be challenging, but filled with great joy and the opportunity for a profound and transformative spiritual experience.


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

We are in need of volunteers for this year's High Holidays services! If you are interested in volunteering to work the front desk, please contact Adrienne Levin at adrienne@metivta.org.


RABBI JONATHAN OMER-MAN BOOK PROJECT

Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, founder of Metivta, has posted his latest musing, titled "Things," 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 receive updates from Rabbi Omer-Man's blog.


COMMUNITY NEWS

JEWISH MEDITATION SITS IN LOS ANGELES
Regular morning meditation with Rabbi Jill Zimmerman. For more info, please refer to the flyer.

MEDITATION CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE 
Rabbinic Intern Sara Abrams of Temple Emanuel is offering a series of Jewish meditation classes at the National Council for Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax Avenue. For more information contact batyel2@gmail.com.

TORAH TREK RETREAT: IN THE COMPANY OF REDWOODS 
Rabbi Mike Comins invites you to join in for a spiritual retreat in the Redwoods of Northern California in October. For more info, please visit torahtrek.org.

WEEKLY BA'AL SHEM TOV CLASS
Learning from the Besht meets weekly to discuss the teaching of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Tuesdays, 7:05pm - 8:00pm at Chabad of SOLA, 1627 S. La Cienega Blvd, CA 90035. Street parking is available. For more information, contact Ronnie Serr at ronnie@alphabethouse.com.

August 2012

August 1, 2012
Av 13, 5772
Friday Candlelighting: 7:50 PM
Parshat Vaetchanan
Shabbat Nachamu


SHIVTI B'VEYT ADONAY

Come share sacred space with us—in chant, meditation, prayer, and teaching. Metivta's Annual Elul Retreat with Rabbi-in-Residence Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, and fellow Metivta teachers Lyle Poncher and Evelyn Baran

August 24th-26th, 2012 at Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Encino CA. $275 for a single room, $185 for a double room.

Registration Form available here. For more information contact lyle@metivta.org.


HIGH HOLIDAYS 2012

We have a vision: On our personal journey through the Days of Awe, the Yamim Noraim, we will each discover our innermost truth. This is the mysterious opportunity of the High Holy Days.

Every year we strive to bring new dimension and depth to our services. This year, we are happy to welcome Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi. He will be leading our Erev Rosh Hashanah Service. As always, all of our services will be an eclectic and rich mix of prayer, contemplation, chant, teaching, movement and silence. On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, we will hold our traditional Chant and Meditation Service.

Services will be held at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles. Register now by downloading and filling out the registration form; please email completed registration forms to caroleann@metivta.org (please include "2012 High Holidays Registration" in the subject line). This form includes sponsorship opportunities, as well as the Yizkor Book of Remembrance application.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation in addition to your ticket registration. Like every non-profit today, our costs are rising. Though the cost of holding these services has increased, no person is ever turned away from Metivta for lack of funds. We thank you in advance for your additional support.

Join us this year. Our journey together will be challenging, but filled with great joy and the opportunity for a profound and transformative spiritual experience.


RABBI JONATHAN OMER-MAN BOOK PROJECT

Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, founder of Metivta, continues to publish his succinct and gently challenging teachings on 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 receive updates to this blogsite from Rabbi Omer-Man.


COMMUNITY NEWS

MEDITATION AND CONTEMPLATIVE SERVICES
Metivta teacher Perry Oretzky invites you to join him to sit in meditation on August 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM, followed by the new Contemplative Shabbat service beginning at 9:30 AM at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. You may attend the meditation by itself if you wish.

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills is located at 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. Parking is available.

JEWISH MEDITATION SITS IN LOS ANGELES
Regular morning meditation with Rabbi Jill Zimmerman. For more info, please refer to the flyer.

MEDITATION CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE
Rabbinic Intern Sara Abrams of Temple Emanuel is offering a series of Jewish meditation classes at the National Council for Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax Avenue. For more information contact batyel2@gmail.com.