In Kabbalat Shabbat services, we warmly welcome Shabbat by creating sacred space. We slow down, we sing, we pray, we go inward, we connect, we build community, we center in love, and we hold a strong vision for a liberated and just world.
Using Hebrew and English prayers, traditional and contemporary songs, we call upon our ancient rituals to support us in our changing world.
All feelings welcome. All levels welcome. No prior experience necessary. Language and prayer choice are intentionally egalitarian. Environment is inclusive.
You might leave feeling like you’ve been at a concert, soaked in a hot spring, or received a warm hug.
Ideas for things you might want to bring: nothing, a prayer shawl, Shabbat candles, the song sheet. If you play an instrument, feel welcome to bring it -- guitar chords provided!
Dates for the 2022-23 program year will be posted soon, stay tuned!
Traci Marx is a musical prayer leader who prays and plays with great joy and deep reverence. Traci found Kavana in 2015 and serves as the Spiritual and Musical Director, where she leads prayer services, Hebrew chanting sessions, and spirituality retreats. Ordained as a Kohenet, Hebrew Priestess, Traci officiates weddings, B’nai mitzvah, memorials, and other life cycle events, utilizing meaningful ritual, heartfelt prayer, and embodied song to elevate as sacred all of life’s experiences. Traci brings music and Jewish ritual to political actions, uplifting community and offering spiritual focus to political work. Traci earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and brings warmth, sensitivity, and attunement to all of her work. Traci parents two children, one of whom recently became a Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Rachel. Traci finds balance and soul-soothing happiness singing Grateful Dead tunes with other musicians in her role as organizer of the Pacific Northwest Deadheads.