Living Room Learning

Program Details

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Kavana's rabbis and a number of Kavana partners are teaming up to bring LRL back, in a special summer edition! In the weeks spanning the holiday of Tisha B'Av (see below), Jewish tradition witnesses the brokenness of the world and offers messages of comfort and healing. Each session below will explore the theme of Brokenness and Healing from different angles (and his general theme will also be explored through our Writing Workshops on August 24 and 31).

  • July 27: It's customary during the approach to Tisha B'Av to study rabbinic texts about the Hurban (the destruction of the Temple) and its aftermath. Rabbi Rachel will lead us in this session at a home in NE Seattle.
  • August 10: Rabbi Jay LeVine will explore Jewish traditions on the element of Fire as a source of destruction and renewal. This session will take place at a home in Magnolia.

Snacks and texts -- in both English & Hebrew -- will be provided. All are welcome (for either or both sessions)!

Program History

Kavana's Living Room Learning group met as regularly as possible on Wednesday evenings (from 7:30-9pm) to study (and examine, and discuss, and argue about) core Jewish texts.

Our group has been going strong for 10+ years -- and participants have floated in and out over time.  On a typical pre-Covid week, we'd have 8-12 people sitting around in someone's living room, learning and chatting together over tasty treats.  Everyone is welcome - you do not need to know Hebrew.  Your life experience and good sense will give you plenty of tools with which to analyze the text.  Just come with an open mind and a genuine curiosity.  And, we're happy for regular participation -- and the more you learn, the more cool connections you'll find! -- but we're also very happy to have newcomers drop in to check things out, or come every once in a while as your schedule permits.

Please email us to be added to the LRL email list to receive any updates about the plans for this year.

Program Staff

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
Rabbi and Executive Director

Rachel Nussbaum co-founded Kavana in 2006 and serves as its Rabbi and Executive Director. Thanks to her leadership, Kavana has received lots of recognition for its innovative approach to building Jewish community, and Rachel’s responsibilities run the gamut… from teaching and counseling, to dynamic prayer leadership, to re-working the synagogue model for the 21st century. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Rachel holds degrees from Duke University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has been a recipient of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship, the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, the AVI CHAI Fellowship, and the Joshua Venture Group Fellowship; more recently she helped to found the Jewish Emergent Network and serves on its executive committee. Rachel resides in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood with her husband Noam Pianko and their three children, and the whole family enjoys the outdoorsy, low-key vibe of the Pacific Northwest.

Rabbi Jay LeVine
Rabbi Jay LeVine

Rabbi Jay Asher LeVine is a life-long learner and seeker of wisdom and beauty. He is married to Rabbi Laura Rumpf and together they have a 15-month-old son, Ami. Rabbi Jay grew up the son of two music teachers in Willcox, Arizona, attended college at the University of Arizona where he earned dual degrees in Finance and Judaic Studies, and then entered rabbinical seminary at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. For the past six years, he has served as one of the rabbis at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA. He has been trained in community organizing and mussar facilitation, and is currently a member of the Jewish Studio Project's Creative Facilitators Training, a Jewish art process promoting healing and belonging.