Once a month, members of the Kavana community gather for an uplifting morning of prayer and study. The Shabbat Morning Minyan is a traditional (mostly Hebrew) service which features lots of singing, harmonies, and great energy -- so it appeals to participants from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds.
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum and a growing corps of volunteer daveners lead sections of the service, and you can see Kavana's co-op spirit in action as many minyan folks take turns reading Torah, chanting haftorah, giving a dvar torah (short sermon), and providing kiddush lunch.
Speaking of lunch, this is a group that really enjoys sharing a good meal! Services are always followed by a vegetarian kiddush lunch, and everyone is welcome to hang out, eat, and shmooze.
We ask that you RSVP for each session that you plan on attending so we can have an idea about how many people to expect. Here's the list of dates for this year:
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.