EVENTS TAKE PLACE ON ZOOM UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE
OUR RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
In this time of uncertainty and struggle, we are dedicated to creating accessible, nourishing spiritual experiences, to help sustain all those seeking community. In order to create connection in a time of physical disconnect, we have moved our offerings online.
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YELALA & HAMAKOM WEEKLY CIRCLE
Every Wednesday from 18.30 BST (UK)
Come for one or both parts of this regular collaboration.From 18.30 Yelala lead us in meditative singing, to find our Strength in the Divine Song during this period of uncertaintyFrom 19.30 HaMakom will share teachings & guided meditation.When you email us, please share a short personal memory of something calming, so we know you are a real human being.
KABBALAT SHABBAT WITH YELALA
Every Friday 18.30-19.45 BST (UK)except 29 May - scroll down
In this time of physical disconnect, let us choose connection.Join us to welcome Sabbath with a weave of meditative song, poetry and kavanot (intentions) to sing in the day of rest.When you email us, please share a short personal memory of something joyful, so we know you are a real human being.
SHAVUOT SEDER WITH YELALA
Thursday 28 May 18:30-20:00 & 21:00-22:00 BST (UK)
Shavuot Seder? Isn't the Seder night a Passover thing?The Seder is such a fabulous, richly layered, joyful, multi-sensory & delicious ritual! So, we are making a special adapted seder to celebrate Shavuot. Join us! Explore this festival of revelation, kinship, and first fruits. We will combine poetry, song, learning, and symbolic food to celebrate the soul of this special festival.Advance booking is essential, & no one is turned away for lack of funds. See further information in the ticket link below.
FIRST FRUITS: A RE-IMAGINED SHAVUOT RITUAL
Friday 29 May 18:30-19:45 BST (UK)
"A person goes to one's field and sees a date that is bearing fruit, a bunch [of grapes] that is bearing fruit, or a pomegranate that is bearing fruit, and ties it with a string and says, "Behold these are Bikkurim." - Mishnah, Bikkurim 3Bikkurim were the first fruit offerings that were waved in the air as a sign of gratitude and devotion at the ancient temple of Jerusalem. Have you learned a new craft or skill? Have you made a transition? What has changed since last Autumn for you?whatever they are, bring your first fruits to wave, share and celebrate in our Zoom gathering at the eve of Shabbat.
POP-UP BEIT MIDRASH & YELALA PRESENT
MEETING THE HEBREW PRIESTESS: A 3 PART WORKSHOP SERIES
Consecutive Mondays 1, 8 & 15 June 18:30-19:45 BST (UK)
Join us for one or all three sessions
Throughout Israelite and Jewish history, women have held a multitude of spiritual leadership roles, from keepers of sacred space to prophetesses and even witches. Join to explore ways in which our ancestresses have stepped into their spiritual power.Advance booking is essential, & no one is turned away for lack of funds. See further information in the ticket links below.1 June The Shrinekeeper:
Click here for more information / tickets8 June The Prophetess: Click here for more information / tickets
15 June The Witch:Click here for more information / tickets
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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