As we embark in earnest on the High Holiday season now, we encourage everyone in the Kavana community to pick a path for Elul -- one that will help wake you up (or keep you awake) and support you in doing the work you most want and need to do this year! Keep reading below, and learn about how Kavana is providing three paths for you to choose from, each of which offers depth and multiple touch points, rich Jewish content, and a sense of community and camaraderie with fellow travelers.
Here are three pathways that Kavana is helping to organize this year to help you begin the process of teshuva during the month of Elul:
Join Kavana's Spirituality team of yoga instructors, writing and meditation teachers, and musicians in a 4-week online program to prepare your mind, body, and spirit for a transformative High Holiday season. The month of Elul is a time for reflection, repair, and return. Oftentimes, we wait until the High Holidays themselves to begin doing the work and find that we wish we had more time to really sink into and clarify our intentions. Make some time, guided and amongst community, to lean into what it means to you this year to return to your heart, to your highest self, to a life of meaning, to a world of justice, and to your most potent vitality.
Save the dates: Sundays, Aug 23 & 30 and Sept 6 & 13, from 7 - 8:30pm.
Click here for full details and to register!
Cultivate mindfulness by participating in the Shofar Project, a (free) project of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) which will offer daily meditation and weekly yoga and Torah study throughout Elul. Then, please join with other members of the Kavana and Seattle Jewish community to supplement your participation in the Shofar Project. Kavana partner and IJS board member Julie Kohl will facilitate a weekly group to reflect on the themes and teachings, ask questions, and share our experience in our own local circle.
Save the dates: Tuesdays, Aug 25 and Sept 1, 8, & 15, from 4 - 5pm.
Please click here to RSVP.
Over the month of Elul, beginning Thursday, August 20, join Yavilah McCoy, Dimensions, and the Jewish Emergent Network for 30 days of anti-racism reflection, discovery, action, and transformation. Based on Yavilah’s powerful adaptation of the Al Chet/Confession liturgy, engage in a daily selection of readings, videos, podcasts, and calls to action that will open our hearts and deepen our practice of dismantling racism. Across diverse entry points, our racial equity challenge will lovingly move you to re-engage emotions, inspire belief, expand mindset, and recover connections to the infinite.
Join our journey of Teshuva/Return as we courageously explore our individual and collective capacity for change at the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression in our lives.
This journey will begin with an email on August 20th, and continue with four weekly emails (containing 30 daily prompts), and two virtual communal conversations (9/2 and 9/15 from 5 – 6:30 pm PT), with specific resources for both White Jews and Black and Indigenous Jews of Color.