Shabbat in the Park

Join Rabbi Rachel and Rabbi Josh,  local musicians, and other members of the Kavana community for this lovely summertime gathering -- a short but engaging and music-filled Shabbat service and a meal at a beautiful local park.  These gatherings are always well attended, and are a great way to get to know other members of the community, in a low-key and meaningful way.

This summer, we will be rotating the location of Shabbat in the Park to three different parks around the city/in the Kavana sphere.  Two out of the three gatherings will be bring your own picnic dinners, and the final service on August 24th will be our big summer wrap-up / fall kick-off event with a catered meal! 

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Program Staff

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
Rabbi and Executive Director

On any given day, you might find Rachel meeting with new partners, preparing for life- cycle events, teaching Torah, pondering next year’s budget, or trying to keep her inbox below 1000 new messages!  She also enjoys leading spirited prayer services and believes in the role of Judaism in working toward the principles of justice and service. Rachel co­-founded Kavana in 2006 with Suzi LeVine, and since then has received national recognition and awards for her work. She is a native of Charleston and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Josh Weisman

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.