Seder Night with Yelala
Online | 18.30 UK TIME | 8 April 2020
Beneath the full moon, we will retell an epic ritual story of liberation, led by Yael and Rachel, in the comfort of your homeBUY TICKETS HERE subsidised places available
Miriam's Medicine:A Song & Story Circle
Online | 20:00 UK TIME | 14 April 2020
Gather on Yelala's Facebook Live with Kohenet Yael Esther for a weave of story and song, invoking Miriam and her wisdom.
Yelala & HaMakom Weekly Circles
Online | Wednesday 18:30-20:30
Come for one or both halves of this weekly circle of meditative song and silence, hosted by Yelala & HaMakom
Co-Creators of Ceremony & Ritual
We design and hold Jewishly-rooted life-cycle rituals for a wide spectrum of people, from weddings to baby-blessings, grief circles to gender transition rituals. Click here for more!
Devotional and Learning Circles
We are guest educators at a wide variety of communities, festivals, and groups.Contact us to join you to share wisdom or song!
Even at this distance, let's sit together and tell a story.The same story that we tell every year with the unfurling of the Spring, at the full moon festival of Passover.At this time we tell a tale of an ancient People who lived in constriction and fear, and who danced their way to freedom.We are on our way to liberation, and we are taking you with us!Who is it for?A Seder for Jewish folk and friends of all ages,Not specifically aimed at children, but they are welcome!This seder will have some traditional parts and many creative interpretations and songs. You do not need to understand Hebrew to participate.Scroll down to read a little more about Yelala, and you'll know if we would make good table-mates for you.Do I need to register / pay?Please register by buying a ticket here on ticket tailor. This will enable us to email you with the special seder access code, and information about Zoom.We have supplied a number of ticket options per household between £5-£25 - any of these would be wonderful.However, no one is turned away for lack of funds: if you are unable to afford any amount, please select any ticket, write LIBERATION in the promocode box, and click the APPLY button, and your ticket will be free!Participation is at the discretion of Yelala, we may contact you to ensure that you are a genuine participant.Where will this take place? We will be livestreaming from London, UK, via Zoom. We will send you a password to enter the virtual meeting room. Please do not share this with other people.Please download the app onto your device before the Live session https://zoom.us/signupWhat else will I need?We will be sharing words on our screen, so you do not need to have a Haggadah, but you can bring one if you wish!A Seder PlateIf you find it hard to gather the items below, we suggest you have some fun with pens and cardboard, and make little symbolic versions if you wish to :)- A big round plate, containing:- Parsley or another fresh green vegetable- A bowl of saltwater- a small bone or a beetroot or something else that represents a sacrifice to you- A bitter herb - horseradish for example- Any other items you might put on your seder plate- a small bowl of charoset (recipes: https://www.thespruceeats.com/charoset-recipes-from-around-the-world-4031811)Also:- Matzah (/crackers)- Wine or Grape JuiceWhat is Yelala?Yelala is a constellation of projects curated by Kohenet Rachel Rose Reid and Kohenet Yael Tischler, the first women outside of North America to be ordained by the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.This is Jewish-rooted, earth-centred sharing of empowering, embodied practice and marginalised wisdom from Biblical antiquity to the present day.We will be sharing words onscreen, so you do not need a Haggadah.
Ritual & Ceremony Crafting
Tell Me More!
As part of our three-and-a-half year ordination process with the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, we learn how to skilfully develop and safely hold transformative, Jewish-rooted ritual and ceremony, responding to the needs of the specific people who call on us.This work is based on the practices of Jewish people over millennia to actively engage with the rich tapestry of cultural heritage, combining oral and written traditions to meet our needs when we step through a threshold, be witnessed as we call in new moments in life.
As our communities become more literate, we sometimes turn only to prayer books, and leave behind these folk practices. But it is these oral traditions which often fill in gaps for those of us who struggle to find ourselves reflected in the books.
What Kind of Rituals?
We have been commissioned to create a wide variety of ceremonies including:
All have been tailored to meet the Jewish and life cycle needs of the people involved, and to honour traditions of others involved when required.The video on the right is from our interfaith contribution to the 'Pausing' Ceremony at Hyde Park for Extinction Rebellion.
How Does It Work?
We begin with a Ritual Intake, a session of 60-90 minutes in which we help you to identify what the purpose is for you. Even if the ritual is one that many people have undertaken before, your relationship with it is specific.Since it takes dedicated time, plus an additional hour to type up fully and send back to you with recommendations, we do charge something for this. After this point you might choose to use this document to create something by yourself, or else work with us to the completion of your ceremony!We can provide references upon request.
Write to us with your enquiries!
Devotional or Learning Circles
Devotional and Learning Circles are created in partnership with a volunteer co-host who finds a room and invites a minimum of ten guests. Circles have been held at music festivals, faith communities, meditation groups, Red Tent & Rosh Chodesh groups, & private homes. They can be held in single or multi-gendered space, and Jewish, multi-faith, or secular space.In Devotional Circles we learn accessible chants & song based on ancient Hebrew liturgy, and enter soulful, song-filled meditation together.In Learning Circles we explore feminine archetypes and narratives in a Jewish context, through song, study of sacred and anthropological texts, handcrafting or other embodied exploration, and personal reflection.Get in touch to co-host your own.Archetypes are based on the Netivot wheel, created by the Kohenet Institute as a tool for finding feminine representation in Jewish text & history.Subjects have included: Soul Candle-Making & Contemplation - Ashkenazi women's rituals for the Living & the Dead; Ritual Medical Lore of Sephardi Women; In the Weaver's Hand - the weaver as a symbol of Divine strength; By the Sweat of Your Brow - How Field, City & Exile Shaped Jewish Cultures.
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