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The Turn of the Equinox and the Magical Circle: Jewish Earth Magic for Transformation
An Autumnal Equinox Bonfire Welcoming the High Holy Days with Rabbi Jonathan Seidel & Maggid Jonathan Furst 

MON, SEP 23, 7-9 PM
JCC East Bay, Big Yard
$10-$20 Donation Requested 


Join Maggid Jonathan Furst and Rabbi Jonathan Seidel, PhD on the turn of the Equinox for an evening around the bonfire, with storytelling, teaching, and ceremony on the transformational healing power of Jewish magic and ritual.

What's makes for kosher and unkosher magic? How do spiritual technologies such as amulets, remote visioning, divination, rain-calling, and spiritual healing figure in ancient, halakhic and folk traditions? How can we craft ritual today to make teshuva for pursuing justice and healing the Earth? In this session we will explore through text, folk tales, discussion and ritual the boundaries of Jewish magical practice in halakhic tradition and custom and how it is being re-imagined for tikkun and spiritual development in the world of Jewish Renewal.

Dress warmly for this fireside evening and find out!

NOTAFLOF Fragrance-Free / Wheelchair Accessible Venue

Presented by The Aquarian Minyan and Derech HaAretz Outdoor Yeshiva.

Yoga for Renewal

FRI, SEP 27, 1:30-3:30 PM
$20 Members of Co-Sponsoring Orgs/$25 Public 
with Julie Emden, Embodied Jewish Learning 
Register Here | Facebook Event Here

Enter into the High Holy Day season with a gentle Iyengar-based yoga and movement practice, infused with wisdom teachings rooted in Jewish Mystical tradition.  Discover your own sensing, moving body as a resource for presence, joy and calm while gaining a deeper connection to yourself on all levels- mind, body, heart and spirit- at this time of return and renewal on the Hebrew Calendar. 

Co-sponsored by 4th Street Yoga, Congregation Netivot Shalom, JCC East Bay, Kehilla Community Synagogue and Character Day 2019.  Contact: 

The Aquarian Minyan's 5th Annual Holy New Year's Party

Joyful New Year: a Rosh Hashanah Celebration of Music, Meditation and Movement, led by Nina Wise, with music by Sheilah Glover and Stephen Kent
MON, SEP 30, 2nd Erev7-9 PM, followed by Kiddush (apples & honey, and schmoozing)
Doors open at 6:30 PM
This event free to members with paid 2019/5780 membership or $20 donation at the door

As evening falls on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, we will gather for a celebration of music, movement, wisdom teachings and meditation. The festivities will be led by Buddhist and Jewish teacher Nina Wise, with renowned musicians Sheilah Glover and Stephen Kent. With Nina’s guidance, we will reflect upon the past year and where we are headed, pray for healing and peace through song and embodied prayer. as we rejoice in this moment of renewal. This event is for those who regularly celebrate the High Holy Days and those who want to experience a Jewish New Year for the first time. All are welcome. 

Nina Wise is a theater artist, spiritual teacher and writer who has been described as a cross between Lily Tomlin, Jules Feiffer and the Dalai Lama. Her unique performances have gained her a worldwide reputation for her zany humor, deeply moving stories and wisdom. 

Sheilah Glover, known for her extraordinary voice as part of the trio Nicholas, Glover and Wray, is a vocalist, songwriter and composer. She plays keyboard, accordion, and saxophone and brings a quirky sense of humor and deep spiritual understanding to her work. 

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Stephen Kent's musical scores composed for theatre, circus and dance companies, have received international acclaim. His work as a performer and recording artist has established him as a valued member of the world music scene. He hosts Music of the World, a weekly show on KPFA. 

Fragrance-Free | Wheelchair Accessible Venue | 510 214-6160

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