Friday, October 27th 6:00 pm. Join us as we welcome Shabbas in a joyful, accessible, extremely musical and spiritually uplifting evening service. Led by Rabbi Jan Salzman and members of the Ruach haMaqom community. Veggie-dairy pot luck dinner follows the service. All are welcome, especially children!
Friday,November 3rd, , noon until 1:30 pm. Abraham Joshua Heschel is one of the prodigies of the 20th century; his work spans theology, political action, and the compassion that characterizes the chassidic lineage of which he is a scion. Join us for a monthly study group of his work. Join us for a monthly study group of his work; we are currently working with his book, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity, a collection of his essays that cover the breadth of his life.
ALEPH Kallah, July 2-8th, 2018. Seekers of all ages and levels of Jewish experience and identity join together inthe largest international Jewish Renewal gathering for immersion in learning, prayer, art, dance, yoga, meditation, social justice, and earth-based programs. Workshops, programming facilitated by world-renowned presenters, as well as connections among attendees. More info at www.aleph.org
Please join us for a lively conversation of the weekly Torah portion, led by Rabbi Jan Salzman. Women of all ages and faith traditions are invited to learn, debate, consider, and engage with this ancient text. If you have any questions about this weekly event, please contact Rabbi Jan.
Saturday, October 14th, 9:00 am, join Kripalu-trained Nancy Somers as she leads us in morning yoga. Nancy’s Yoga classes are safe and designed for beginner and intermediate level students. Her classes all include stretching, breathing and relaxation. Nancy is well known for her lively, motivational and entertaining teaching style. If attending this class please bring a yoga mat and a small blanket. Beginning at 10:00 am, well transition into engaging with the week's Torah portion. Please join us for either session or both!
Friday, October 13th, 6 pm. Have you ever danced with a Torah? Join us for Simchat Torah, the final holy day of the Holiday cycle. We will preface Kabbalat Shabbat with joyful dancing and singing with the Torah scrolls, 7 times lifting the Torah scrolls with music and dance. Pot luck follows the merriment.
Friday, October 13th, at 6:00 pm. Join us as we welcome Shabbas in a joyful, accessible, extremely musical and spiritually uplifting evening service. Led by Rabbi Jan Salzman and members of the Ruach haMaqom community. Veggie-dairy pot luck dinner and more singing follows the service. All are welcome, especially children!
Study in the Sukkah! Tuesday, Oct. 10th, 2 pm. Please join us for a lively conversation of the weekly Torah portion, led by Rabbi Jan Salzman. Women of all ages are invited to learn, debate, consider, and engage with this ancient text. Women of all faith traditions are welcome. If you have any questions about this weekly event, please contact Rabbi Jan.
Sukkah Festival, October 6-8th, at Living Tree Alliance Farm. Join a village for this weekend of sharing dance, food, art, teaching, gratitude, nature and the pure exhilaration of peak foliage on our homestead in Vermont. KLEZMER DANCE PARTIES, FARM TO PLATE DINNER, PUPPET SHOWS, MINDFULNESS TEACHERS, HOMESTEADING OPEN HOUSE, COMMUNITY. For details, go to https://livingtreealliance.com/sukkot-on-the-farm/
Sukkah begins on Wednesday evening, October 4th. Please come together at 5:30 pm for a pot luck dinner in the sukkah, where we'll welcome each other as well as 'ushpazin', the guests who we wish were there, such as ancestors and individuals from the past. The gates to the yard will remain unlocked for the next week: come and eat your lunch or dinner in the sukkah, or just sit and feel its beauty.
We will build our sukkah on Sunday, October 1st, beginning at 9 am. Please bring harvest-y decorations for our sukkah, which we'll build at synagogue. Snacks and coffee will be served! The holiday will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 4th and continue until the 11th. This annual harvest festival was the most important pilgrimage holiday of the ancient world. Described in the Talmud as hosting acrobats and fire-spinners, it contained the essential rituals that would invoke the rains to be plentiful and timely.
Neilah, Saturday, September 30th, 5 pm. We close the sacred time of Yom Kippur with a short and poignant service, giving ourselves the chance to witness the sun going down and emerge into our new year, refreshed from our fast and the sharing of this holy space-time together. A break-the-fast will greet us! Please bring some light vegetarian/dairy fare to share. To register for the Holy Days, go here.
Saurday, September 30th, 11 - 1 pm, Considering Forgiveness: a young person's exploration of teshuva and forgiveness. We'll explore the trails of Rock Point as we learn to offer forgiveness. Led by Melanie Kessler. Bring appropriate outdoor clothing.
Yom Kippur, morning service, 10 am, Bishop's Booth at Rock Point. We gather to deepen our experience of stepping out of time and materiality. Through the special liturgy that is part of this day of reflection, we move our way through a morning of prayer and deep and honest consideration of how we as individuals, through the language of community, can realign our attitudes and behavior towards each other and the eco-systems that is our lives. To register, and to secure child care, go here.
Kol Nidre, Friday evening, Sept. 29th, 6:30 pm, Bishop's Booth at Rock Point. In deep quiet and sacred time, we enter what has become the holiest space-time of our Jewish journey through the calendar. This short, evening service for Kol Nidre will be created with sweet song that springs from a vessel of both traditional and contemporary melodies and provides an opportunity to create for ourselves the kavannah/intentionality that can carry us through our fasting.
Building Group will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 27th, at 7 pm at the synagogue. The Group is focused on all issues associated with the Synagogue building and grounds. Join us to discuss the grants that are becoming available for which we can apply to fix our building!
Please join us for a lively conversation of the weekly Torah portion, led by Rabbi Jan Salzman. Women of all ages are invited to learn, debate, consider, and engage with this ancient text. Women of all faith traditions are welcome. If you have any questions about this weekly event, please contact Rabbi Jan.
Saturday, Sept. 23rd 10 am. The Holy Days deepen with Shabbat. And we welcome Myles Peterson to the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah! 10 am, followed by a light kiddish. No Yoga or regular text study this Shabbas morning.
Second Day, Rosh haShanna, Friday, September 22nd at Ruach haMaqom. The tradition of the 2nd day offers us the opportunity to bring our spiritual journey through the Holy Days into a deeper, more integrated experience. Join us for song, chant, movement, learning, engaged Torah, contemplative practice, and silence.
Thursday, September 21st, At approximately 1:00 p.m., following the Rosh Shannah morning services, we'll walk down to the water's edge and ritually and joyfully cast out the challenges of the past year, and welcome in the possibilities of the new year. Rain or shine, so dress appropriatley.
Rosh haShannah Day 1, Thursday, Sept. 21st. 10 am , Bishops Booth Center at Rock Point. Join us for a lovely, lively, soulful and music-infused First Day of Rosh HaShannah. Weather permitting, we'll go for a fine Fall hike following in the afternoon. Child care available but parents must sign up ahead of time. Suggested donation is $36/adult; more is appreciated! Register here for tickets and child care.
Sunday, Sept. 10th, Burlington. Ruach haMaqom will be marching in the Gay Pride Parade with our banner! Come join us as we become part of the ocean of Burlingtonian pride! We'll meet at the south end of Church Street; the parade ends at Battery Park, where the festival will go until 5 pm. Parade lineup is at 11:30 in the Hood Plant parking lot; marching begins at 12:45. Please let Rabbi Jan know if you will be part of this!
Friday, Sept. 1st, at the synagogue, 168 Archibald. Join us for a monthly study group as we study the works of Abraham Joshua Heschel, beginning with his book, Man is Not Alone, a seminal text of his mystically-infused theology. Contact Rabbi Jan if you need more info.
Friday, August 18th, 5:30 pm: A Communal Pause: Shabbat Dinner at Living Tree Alliance Local Foods hor doerves and community gathering; 6pm - Candle lighting and musical prayer service with Rabbi Jan Salzman of Ruach HaMaqom. Bring instruments! 7 pm Blessing around the table followed by Community Vegetarian Potluck As always, all faiths, ages and backgrounds are welcome.
Friday, August 11th, 5 pm. A SPECIAL KABBALAT SHABBAT. SEE THE POSTING ABOUT THE BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!!!
August 11th, 5 pm., You are invited to welcome Shabbas and celebrate the first birthday of Ruach haMaqom! We begin at 5 pm, with cocktails and other libations (non-alcoholic, too) and games for the kiddies. A special, joyful, shortened, song-filled Kabbalat Shabbat will follow, and then a humungo vegetarian/dairy pot luck dinner. Music and general merriment will follow. THIS PARTY IS FOR YOU! Bring friends, Jewish and otherwise, and celebrate this emergent community in the heart of the Old North End and the revitalization of Little Jerusalem!
Tisha B'Av: Descent in order to Ascend. Sunday, July 30th, at 10 am, for bagels and coffee. We will spend about an hour learning some texts and creating rituals to ‘ride the elevator to the bottom floor’ and then rise again. Area synagogues will be offering Tisha b’Av services on Monday night.
July 29th, 168 Archibald, A VERY SPECIAL SHABBAS MORNING! Yehudit Goldfarb, of Sfat, Israel, will lead us in her deep practice of movement through the Hebrew Letters. The Otiyot Hayyot are a series of gentle, flowing movements based on the shape of the Hebrew letters created by this T'ai Chi master and spiritual philosopher. This will ease us into Torah study, at 10:00, which Yehudit will lead. Do not miss this chance to study and move with Yehudit!!!
Saturday, June 24th, 10 am, please join us as we welcome Zoe Borey to the Torah on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah! Additional overflow parking is available around the corner at 274 Winooski Ave. Our regular contemplative Shabbas morning practice and Torah study will not be held this day, in honor of the Bat Mitzvah!