Transforming The World, Transforming The Self -Learn, Pray, Dance!
December 13th will mark the 30th anniversary of Kehilla Community Synagogue with a special evening devoted to awakening our hearts and tending to our world.
Honored guests Joanna Macy, Reverend Roland Stringfellow, and Zen Priest Rev. angel Kyodo Williams will join our esteemed rabbinical leaders Rabbi David Cooper and Rabbi Dev Noily, offering teachings and engaging in a dialogue of the heart and spirit.
Buddhist scholar and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy has been a respected voice in the movements for peace, justice and ecology for five decades. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change. Her new book describing this process, Coming Back to Life, has just been reissued.
Senior pastor and teacher of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit, Rev. Roland Stringfellow, has been an active leader in creating dialogue on the topic of LGBT equality with church congregations and in religious institutions as Director of Ministerial Outreach for the African-American Roundtable, a program of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Sexuality on the campus of Pacific School of Religion.
Founder and Director of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, Rev. angel Kyodo Williams envisions building a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace.
As the Community Rabbi at Kehilla, Rabbi David Cooper has been integrating spirituality and politics since he helped found Kehilla with his mentor and founder Rabbi Burt Jacobson. Rabbi David has nurtured a community in which members and spiritual leaders have been on the front lines of movements for sanctuary, for a just peace in Israel/Palestine, against domestic violence and racism, for equality for LGBTQI people, and for a sustainable future for our planet.
Rabbi Dev Noily, Associate Rabbi at Kehilla, leads our community from a commitment to social action and spiritual growth that is central in her work with the congregation as well as in the local community. Rabbi Dev is active in LGBTQI inclusion, interfaith work and intra-Jewish dialogue work, and facilitates difficult conversations in Jewish communities about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
DANCE PARTY WITH WORLD CLASS BAND SOL TEVÉL
The evening will shift into a spirited celebration of music and dance with international beats from the Bay Area’s own Lior Ben-Hur and Sol Tevél. The band integrates songs from around the globe advocating for a strong, conscious and united community worldwide.
About Kehilla: Kehilla Community Synagogue is celebrating 30 years of building a community for people of all ages to grow spiritually, and to pursue justice through loving the stranger. Our members and spiritual leaders are on the front lines for a just peace in Israel/Palestine, reduction of domestic violence and racism, for equality for LGBT people, and for sustaining our planet. Our gatherings are fed by the springs of Jewish Renewal practice, opening our hearts with song, dance, teaching and prayer.
December 13, 2014 -- 6 pm to 11pm
Where: Ed Roberts Campus,
3075 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703
Adult tickets are $54
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Contact Midrasha Co-Directors Mark Deutsch and Debra Marx at (510)501-6692