Once a month, members of the Kavana community gather (virtually during the pandemic) 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, and giving a dvar torah (short sermon).
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.