Up-with-Joy Bulletin: Oct 13

Dear friends,

We hope that the New Year is unfolding for you with blessing in meaningful and inspiring ways. Many of us joined together for an amazing High Holydays experience, sharing davvening space with Dorshei Emet, and then culminating in a magnificent Neilah/Great Shofar/Break-the-Fast program. I am still resonating with the positive and deep energy from those services!
Now that Fall is here, B’nai Or is engaging in developing exciting and creative new programming that we hope will touch many of the spiritual desires you brought up during the Holydays and at our recent Town Hall meeting. This Fall, we are experimenting with offering one Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service per month, and one Saturday night program per month, instead of two Fridays. 
Our Saturday night programming is called Neshama Night – it will be a soulful sundown, provide sustenance for the spirit, celebrate havdalah with distinction, and will feature great activities such as music, dance, meditation, learning, and of course, a healthy dessert-y potluck! 
Here is the schedule for the rest of the Fall. And please note a couple of special dates coming up in 2016!
Saturday, October 17: Neshama Night, 7:00-10:00 pm
Program: Sweet Havdalah, followed by Dances of Universal Peace featuring the amazing Helga Schleeh. Dances of Universal Peace incorporate chanting and gentle dance movement, usually done in a large circle, facilitated by a musician/guide. Everyone is welcome! You do not need to know the chants or the dances to participate! Donations encouraged. A dessert-y veggie potluck follows – please bring something yummy and nutritious to share. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Volunteers please arrive at 6:30 for set-up.
Friday, November 6: Kabbalat Shabbat 7:30 – 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 21: Neshama Night, 7:00 – 10:00 pm (program to be announced)
Friday, December 4: Kabbalat Shabbat: Annual Human Rights Shabbat, 7:30 – 10:00 pm 
Saturday, December 12: Neshama Night: Chanukah Bash, 7:00-10:00 pm

AND IN 2016:

March 12-13, 2016

The ALEPH Listening Tour Comes to Montreal!

A Regional Shabbaton with the leaders of ALEPH, co-chairs Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (the “Velveteen Rabbi”) and Rabbi David Evan Markus, and ALEPH Executive Director Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin! With special guests from Toronto, Ottawa, and Vermont! Visit https://aleph.org/listening-tour for more info and stay tuned for details about the Shabbaton!

July 11-17, Fort Collins, Colorado

The ALEPH Kallah

“The ALEPH Kallah is an exciting week-long gathering of many hundreds of clergy, students, lay leaders, educators and seekers, together steeping in Renewal learning, prayer, art, dance, yoga, meditation and other inspiring programs taught by gifted teachers. As the quintessential Renewal experience, Kallah is the place to network, immerse in cutting-edge innovation, delight in diverse modalities of spirituality, and feed the mind, heart and soul.”  Visit the website for more info and mark the dates on your calendars! https://aleph.org/kallah


With blessings for a good, safe and peaceful week – please please let there be peace,
R’ Sherril 
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