Friday, August 25th 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, Aug. 22nd, 2:00 pm. Please join us for a lively conversation of the weekly Torah portion, led by Rabbi Jan Salzman. Women of all ages and all 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.
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.
Saturday, August 12th 9:00 am. Continue our celebration of our first birthday! Do you want to enter Shabbas morning through contemplative practice followed by text study? Join us for Shabbas morning yoga beginning at 9:00 am. Followed at 10:00 am by a lively and engaging conversation with the week's Torah portion. Please join us for either session or both!
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!!!
Building Group will meet on Wednesday, June 28th, 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!
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!
Friday, June 23rd 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!
The Social-Action Group is focused on a variety of socially beneficial activities to reduce suffering and support the health and well being of all people. Social-Action Group will be meeting on the first Wednesday of every month. Please join us to make our world a better place.
Tuesday, May 30th, at 7 pm, we prepare ourselves to 'receive Torah' which our tradition understands to having taken place during the pilgrimage holiday of Shavuot. The evening will be filled with Jewish Kirtan song and chant, sacred dance including a Sufi 'zikkur' and an Israeli dance. We will have opportunities for learning, teaching, storytelling and quiet time. Children are welcome, and can bring their sleeping bags, as the evening can go as late as we can last! We'll be joined by musicians, including guitarist Jesse Taylor, and Rabbi David Ellison, of the Middlebury havurah. Questions? Want to teach something? Then contact Rabbi Jan. Cheesecake will be served!
Sunday, May 14, 4-6 pm, Zen Barn in Waterbury, NAVA TEHILA will perform. Not to be missed. All proceeds to benefit HIAS.org which has been resettling refugees with dignity for over 100 years. Sponsored by Ruach haMaqom and the Vermont Jewish community. tickets: $18 adult, $6 kid (6-18), 5 and under - free
HOWL (Huntington Open Women’s Land): 895 Salvas Road (the very top!), Huntington, VT: Friday, April 21th through Saturday afternoon (threeish), April 22th. Drop in for just a part, or bring your tent (limited indoor space in the HOWL house) and stay through Saturday. Donations are very, very appreciated. A small camping fee is requested for overnight guests. ALL interested women–Jewish/Jew-ish/Jew-wish or not–are invited to enjoy this Shabbat gathering! Enjoy Shabbat, Potluck, Storytelling, Arts, and Stargazing Friday night (starting at 6:15). We’ll have a creative service, Jewish chant, and a beautiful walk Saturday (beginning 9:00 AM). Find details at https://howlvt.org/blog/. Questions? ContactAnyaCschwartz@gmail.com.
Saturday, April 15th, 9:00 am, Mischul Brownstone will lead our Shabbas morning contemplative session through the lens of Feldenkrais. Developed by Moshe Feldendrais, the Feldenkrais Method(R) is best known for resolving all kinds of "body" issues by learning new movement patterns... learning to move with ease and its attendant relief of pain, [forms the basis] of a philosophy and method intended to help us become more fully human. Gentle movements facilitates new insights, as you learn about your habitual movements, ways to move with less effort and the process of learning itself. This form of work allows you to continue your learning independently throughout your lives.
1st Night Passover Seder Monday, April 10th, 5-8 pm at 168 Archibald Street. Join us in our first community seder! Lively and engaging telling of the story, from slavery to freedom, with a lot of song, great food, and camaraderie. Vegetarian pot luck: see website for details about the food. Please register; donations of $10 and more appreciated.
March 31, 6:30.Havurah of Addison Country, 56 North Pleasant Street (Rte 7), Middlebury. Join us for a very special Kabbalat Shabbat led by Rabbi Jan Salzman, Rabbi David Edleson and Dr. Rebecca Gould. The service will be ”kirtan-style,” meaning call and response with drums, harmonium, and other instruments. Please bring something (nut-free) chocolate to share, any percussive instruments you might have, and your bodies ready to move. All are welcome!
Saturday, March 25th, 8 pm at Ohavi Zedek, Rabbi Andrew Hahn, known as the "Kirtan Rabbi" will be performing, bringing the music that combines Jewish liturgy and the devotional, call and response Hindu sacred music known as kirtan, to Burlington. This concert is free.
Friday, March 24th, 12:00 at Ruach haMaqom or through video conferencing. 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.
Saturday, March 11th, 7 pm, at Artsriot! Burlington's first Purim Masquerade Ball and Political Theater w/dance and merriment! Come celebrates springtime and be entertained as we witness the wild re-telling of the Book of Esther and the skewering of our political leaders and recent events. The Ball is non-religious and dedicated to the experience of turning everything upside down and inside out. Led off by the Brass Balagan Orchestra, the evening will be filled with dance and strong spirits. There will be a cash bar and an awesome live band! this is a 21+ event!
March 3-5th, Jewish Storytelling workshop. Through movement, voice, visualization and exploration we will play with a story, discover it’s essence, delve into characters, explore imagery. Emphasis will be on finding your own style and strengths in a safe environment. Appropriate for beginners (even if you’ve never told a story!) or as a “story tuneup". Led by Rona Leventhal, Storyteller, Improvisational Theatre & Movement Specialist, Educator and Coach. Sponsored by Roots and Trails, and Ruach haMaqom. More information at rootsandtrails.com
Saturday February 18th, from 3- 5 pm at the synagogue. Our new Family Group is forming. Looking for a spiritual home for people with a yearning for connections to their Jewish heritage that is creative, community oriented and process oriented? This is an opportunity for families to ask the big questions joyfully: what makes us, and therefore our kids, Jewish? What traditions will we practice that will make our homes Jewish? How does being intermarried play into this conversation? This group is focused on families with kids under the age of 8.
Saturday, February 11th, 5 -7 pm. Come join us for a Tu B'shvat Seder! Tu B'shvat is the New Year of the Tree in the Jewish calendar, and a seder meal was developed in the 1500's. This event is for all ages, and especially geared towards children. A vegetarian pot luck will complement tree-themed activities and a fruit-based seder. Children's activities will be on-going.
Friday, February 10th, we'll welcome in Shabbas as well as the holiday of Tu b'shvat, the "New Year of the Trees". This Shabbas is also called Shabbat Shirah/the Sabbath of Song, and we'll sing a lot, eat some special fruits in honor of Tu B'shvat, and create the joy that is our lot.
During January, we will meet on January 6th (first Friday) and instead of January 13th (second Friday), and then we meet again on January 27th (fourth Friday as usual)! Sorry for any confusion this may cause!
Kabbalat Shabbat services 6:00 pm, on JANUARY 6TH, and not the 13th, in order to join the rest of the churches, synagogues, and mosques in Burlington for a special Sabbath of listening. During these challenging times, Vermont Interfaith Action has called for a Sabbath of Listening, so we will join our brothers and sisters across the many faiths in this effort.
January 6th, 12:00 pm, Austin Auditorium, UVM campus, a panel discussion: How does our spirituality and cultural traditions inform healing? Join us to learn about patient and family centered care to meet different cultural and spiritual needs. UVM Integrative Health. RSVP for lunch Cristel.Byrne1@uvmhealth.org