Up-with-Joy Bulletin: Mar 28

1. Kabbalat Shabbat THIS Friday, April 1 – NO FOOLIN’!
2. 2016 Winter/Spring Shul Schedule
3. Online Learning with Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan – Starts April 5
1. Kabbalat Shabbat THIS Friday, April 1 – NO FOOLIN’!
When: THIS Friday, April 1, 7:30 pm. 
Where: YM-YWHA/JCC, 5400 Westbury Avenue
Come join us for a rousing, inspiring, renewing, joyful, sing-your-heart-out Shabbat celebration this Friday. Those of you who joined us for the Listening Tour Shabbaton will remember the beautiful, deep and holy energy we created together as a community – that’s the kind of experience you know you can expect at a B’nai Or service!
And as a reminder, we have introduced a special THEME for the coming year, DEEP ECOLOGY, in which we focus our tikkunim (healing), music, learning, prayer and social action on all aspects of our connection to nature, the planet, and all life. To learn more about Deep Ecology and the Renewal Movement, visit http://kolaleph.org/2015/12/14/re-dedicating-aleph/.
Musical Kabbalat Shabbat/Evening service begins promptly at 7:30 pm, and will be followed by a communal dessert-y potluck Oneg Shabbat (“Shabbat delight”). Please bring, as you are able, a healthy nosh to share – could be a nutritious dessert or a light snack or a beverage. All are welcome!
2. Spring Schedule – mark your calendars!
As a reminder, here is our calendar for the upcoming months. All services take place at the YM-YWHA/JCC, 5400 Westbury Avenue. 
  • 1/Friday (7:30-10 pm) Kabbalat Shabbat
  • 15/Friday (7:30-10 pm) Kabbalat Shabbat


  • 6/Friday (7:30-10 pm) Kabbalat Shabbat
  • 20/Friday (7:30-10 pm) Kabbalat Shabbat
3. Online Learning with Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan
The Sefirot Journey – Omer Deepening (Pre-Passover to Shavuot, 10 weeks)
My wise and inspiring teacher, Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan of Jerusalem, is offering this wonderful online opportunity to all who are interested in learning more about the period of the Omer and its spiritual significance. Journey with Reb Ruth and the rest of the class for 10 weeks during the Omer period, going deeply into the meaning of the sefirah of each week. In the spirit of Hasidic Kabbalah, Reb Ruth will make these concepts come alive in our own lives. Join live, or watch the videos on your own time. This is an online class using ZOOM video-conferencing (phone option also available).
WHEN: Tuesdays – Starting April 5  for 10 weeks (break over Passover) 
TIME: 9 am PST; 12 pm EST; 6 pm Europe; 7 pm Israel – Or watch our class video (and audio) recordings at  any time
COST: $400. Sliding scale and payment plans available, just note this in the comments area – (pls don’t be shy to ask for what you need 🙂.
Technology: Classes are held through a video conference, where you can interact, comment and ask questions. You can also join the class by phone or hid your video if you choose to. ZOOM.us has an app for your phone or tablet or can be downloaded to your computer. You can also watch or listen to the class any time, as it will be uploaded to a student-only zone.
Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan is founder and spiritual leader of Nava Tehila, a Jewish Renewal community in Jerusalem. Ruth teaches Kabbala and Hassidut in Israel and internationally and co-authored, with Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi z”l, the Hebrew book Jewish Renewal – Integrating Heart and World (2006). Ruth works as a spiritual director with rabbis, rabbinic students and other God seekers from all denominations and is a mentor for prayer leaders in the art of leading musical meaningful prayers.  She creates, together with her community new music for prayers. 
Register hereFor questions email ruthgan@gmail.com .
That’s it for now!
Have a wonderful week!
Reb Sherril 
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