Kavana is rolling out a series of new programs designed to allow us to have more spiritual experiences of Judaism than most of us thought were possible. We'll be practicing, learning, singing, and reflecting our way through a variety of spiritual practices over the first few months of 2019 and perhaps beyond. This builds on our existing Musical Friday Night Service, Winter Spirituality Retreat, and Urban High Holiday Spirituality Retreat to create more ongoing options for nurturing your soul. Try something new on for size, or go deeper into something you've tried before!
Jewish Singing Group -- 1/9, 7:30-9:00pm, at a home in Queen Anne
Join Chava Mirel for an evening dedicated to the joy of Jewish group singing. Singing Jewish music with others is one of the most uplifting and joyful experiences possible. Whether you want to strengthen your ability to sing along to the songs in our Shabbat services, or you just want to treat yourself to this powerful experience, this group is the place for you. Chava will teach us a selection of melodies from across the landscape of Jewish religious music and help us weave our voices together. This event is open to all -- no singing experience or knowledge of Hebrew is required. This event will run monthly. Drop-ins welcome -- you may sign up for one session at a time. RSVP for the event to get location.
Living Room Learning: Spiritual Practice Lab -- 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 7:30-9pm
Explore Judaism as spiritual practice. We'll cover a variety of modalities experientially and through reflection on sources in this 5-week series. RSVP coming soon...
Shabbat as spiritual retreat -- 2/23 10am-12pm, Queen Anne location
Experience Shabbat menucha -- rest -- through contemplative practices. Offerings may include meditation, yoga, chanting, Torah study and potluck (yes, eating can be a spiritual practice!). RSVP coming soon...
Josh's Jewish path has been eclectic and D.I.Y., which we think makes it pretty normal these days and definitely in sync with Kavana! Prior to rabbinical school, Josh worked for 12 years in non-profits, mostly as a grass-roots organizer. During that time, he worked for several years as a congregation-based community organizer, where he experienced the power of religious communities to transform the world and transform themselves in the process. Josh later helped to launch a Jewish start-up. Josh moved from Boston to Seattle with his wife and two young children to be Kavana's JEN Rabbinic Fellow because he feels that the Kavana and JEN communities reflect his journey and his approach to Jewish community.