1. For the community! It’s a regional Shabbaton! Come sing, dance, pray, play, network, munch, and mingle with hevre/friends old and new from Toronto to Newfoundland and Labrador! All are welcome – please share this event!
2. For the music! Music in the morning, music in the evening – we have assembled a group of musicians and singers that will inspire you, move you, deepen your prayer, let you sing your heart out, make you want to dance, and lift us all up in joy. Morning service includes instruments; evening program includes a short musical Havdalah service and then a rousing Community Cabaret!
3. For the davvening/prayer! A co-created, co-led, inclusive, egalitarian, participatory musical service featuring community leaders and at least 5 Renewal rabbis – showcasing some of the best innovations in davvening from Renewal and elsewhere. Whether you prefer contemplative or ecstatic prayer, or both, or something in-between – you will find your prayer space at the Shabbaton!
4. For the siddur/prayerbook! By Rabbi Marcia Prager, this prayerbook is “trilingual”: Hebrew, English, and Hebrew transliteration, so everyone can follow along! With inspiring affirmations, chants, and both traditional and alternative prayer offerings, it’s user-friendly and accessible.
5. Because East meets West, both locally and nationally! Your co-hosts for the Shabbaton: B’nai Or Montreal (west), Mile End Chavurah (east) and ALEPH Canada (national). Morning/lunch program takes place at the Y, evening program takes place at the Depanneur Cafe (see the poster!).
6. For the food! A kiddush and vegetarian potluck lunch follows the kiddush. We’re counting on you to make this a special lunch: please bring, as you are able, a vegetarian (kosher fish ok) main dish, side dish, dip, crackers, non-alcoholic beverage, or dessert to share – should be enough for 6-8 people. (No dishes that need heating please – there are no heating facilities at the Y.)
7. To make your voice heard! During lunch, we’ll set up an open mic session facilitated by Rebs Rachel Barenblat and David Markus. Want to share how much you love your community, and highlight how it has impacted your life? Want to share your vision for a renewed Judaism here, in Montreal, in Canada, in the world? This will be the time and place to do it!
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