Communal Friday Night Dinner
New London Synagogue | London18.30 | 14 February 2020
Join Rachel for a Kohenet-style Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by communal dinner, and learning around lost folk practices associated with Shabbat Shira and Tu Bishvat.Further details to come
Yelala Passover Retreat
Kent | 10-12 April 2020Drawing from the Wellspring of Liberation! A unique Passover experience, diving into song, nature and learning. All genders welcome.
Sadeh Farm Week
Kent28 May- 4 June 2020
Spend a week with us, living in community, learning together, and working on the land with Yelala and Sadeh.
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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!
As the first signs of Spring unfurl, join us for a joyful and restorative communal Passover retreat at Sadeh Farm in Orpington, Kent.What will happen at this retreat?Together, we’ll cultivate connection to one another, to our ancestors and to the natural world.A bank holiday weekend of communal song, meditation, learning, rest, relaxation and delicious food. (Yes, actually delicious food on Passover! That you won’t even need to think about!) If you’ve been craving community, a sense of possibility, and nourishment for all parts of yourself, this one’s for you.Who is this retreat for?
Ages 18+ and babes in arms
Engaged & interested teens if accompanied by an engaged and interested guardian / parent.
Self-identified Jewish people, partners and allies.
Depending on numbers, we may have reduced-priced options available for guests where one adult is taking part in the retreat, whilst another is present to care for their child/ren, joining us for meals and campfires, but not participating in more focused learning sessions. Please let us know in your application if this is something that is of interest to you.Notes on Religious ObservanceOur kitchen will be Koshered for Passover, and our catering will be vegan, gluten-free and chametz-free, and will include kitniyot.Our Shabbat [Sabbath] will be technology-free in all public spaces at Sadeh.
Please note we are aware that this particular retreat begins on a date that some Jewish people observe as a Yom Tov [a sacred day]. If this scheduling prevents you from joining us, we hope to see you at another Yelala event soon!
How do I apply?
Read the information below and then click the APPLY NOW button!
Applications will take 10-15 minutes to fill out - mostly due to a couple of questions at the end where we want to learn a little bit about you.
Applications close 14 February. We will be in touch to let you know if you'll be joining us by 1 March.
Please let us know ASAP if you have applied but can no longer attend by using the contact form at the bottom of this website.
Accommodation & Camping
Accommodation is in dormitories of various sizes, each with their own shower and toilet.
Sheets and blankets will be provided. Please bring your own sleeping bag or duvet.
Camping places and non-residential places are available
Non-residential places available for those staying off-site.
1pm Friday 10 April - 4pm Sunday 12 April
Accommodation at the Sadeh is available on Thursday night and Sunday night for an additional fee.
In order to build community spirit, we will prioritise applicants who are able to attend the full length of the retreat
Our co-ordinator will be in touch with atten
Subsidised in part by the Schusterman Foundation.
Some financial assistance may be available as well as an option to donate to support another participant.
LocationThe closest station is Orpington, which is within the Oystercard network, and is apx 20mins by train from London Bridge station. Sadeh is then a ten minute cab ride from the station. We will aim to co-ordinate cabs and ride-shares as best as we can.
Yelala Passover Retreat 2020drawing from the wellspring of liberation!
1pm, Friday 10 April - 4pm, Sunday 12 April 2020
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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