Up-with-Joy Bulletin: Jun 20

UP-WITH-JOY UPDATE
1. SOULFUL SHABBAT and FRAN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION THIS FRIDAY! June 24, 7:30 PM
2. SUMMER “SOULSTICE”, WATER RITUALS, NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY, POTLUCK -BEAVER LAKE! Tuesday, June 21, 6 PM
3. SUMMER SCHEDULE REMINDER
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1. SOULFUL SHABBAT AND FRAN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION THIS FRIDAY, June 24, 7:30 pm

When: Friday, June 24, 7:30 pm.
Where: YM-YWHA/JCC, 5400 Westbury Avenue, Kellert Hall

Come join us for a rousing, inspiring, renewing, joyful, sing-your-heart-out Shabbat celebration! Immerse yourself in the niggunim and melodies of Shabbat! Service begins promptly at 7:30 pm, and will be followed by a birthday celebration for our own FRAN AVNI! Please bring, as you are able, a healthy veggie nosh to share – could be a nutritious dessert or a light snack or a beverage. Challah, juice, wine and, of course, CAKE will be provided. All are welcome!

Sacred Water Safe Water2. SUMMER “SOULSTICE”, WATER RITUALS, NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY, POTLUCK AT BEAVER LAKE – Tuesday, June 21, 6:00 pm
 
Sacred Water, Safe Water is a new project which brings together Jewish and Aboriginal perspectives, rituals and teachings about the fundamental preciousness of water to our planet. ALEPH Canada joins with partners Network of Spiritual Progressives – Quebec Chapter and the Jewish Community Centre of the Eastern Townships for this first in a series of events designed to educate, enlighten, and move us to action. Please see attached poster and below. 
We’ll meet at the lower chalet at Beaver Lake at 6:00 pm. Please bring some nutritious vegetarian food or a beverage to share, as you are able. Also consider bringing a chair or blanket to sit on. Drums and shakers welcome.
Reb Simcha Raphael shared the following information and teaching about the specialness of this time:

Once every 30+ years, the Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) or Winter Solstice (Southern Hemisphere) and Full Moon fall on the same day. This is a rare and powerful event and should be well honored. Take advantage of this powerful energy and celebrate something in your life that you have accomplished. It could be a completion, a decision, a project, a commitment, a new beginning or the achievement of some goal.

Make sure that during this time you stay focused on the positive, on the doors that are opening, and on the potential, instead of dwelling on any fear, resistance, judgment or negativity. What you put your energy and focus on will grow in this fertile time so make sure it is what you want. Allow yourself to be supported by your community and your friends and be willing to receive all the positive energy that is available to you at this time. The Solstice is always a good time to honor the Sun and the life giving energy it makes available to us on this planet. Any ceremony honoring the sun or the spirit of fire is appropriate. Release something you are leaving behind. Welcome something in that is new, fertile and rich with possibilities. Happy Solstice!” (from http://www.cathycoleman.co/in-the-stars-june-19-26-shining…/)

 
3. Summer Schedule – Please read carefully!
Dear friends, just a gentle reminder that we have moved our Shabbat services to the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. This will be in effect for the summer only. Here are the dates for our upcoming services. We hope you will join us!
  • June 24
  • July 15 (only one service in July!)
  • August 12
  • August 26
 

Blessings for a great week,

R’ Sherril
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