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Winter Shabbaton

Past Sessions
Saturday, February 9, 2019 4 Adar I 5779 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday, February 8, 2019 3 Adar I 5779 - 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, February 7, 2019 2 Adar I 5779 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
At our Winter Shabbaton we explore the experience of synagogue prayer. In a variety of prayer settings, we consider what some of our tradition’s prayers mean and ask questions about their ideas and our beliefs. We think about how to make our prayers personal and how Jewish prayer reflects Jewish values. Our Shabbaton will conclude with discussion about setting out a vision for prayer at Congregation Beth El.
Friday evening February 8
Join in a communal Shabbat dinner. Attend either Shabbat Service.
Kabbalat Shabbat | 6:15 pm | Welcome Shabbat with traditional davening and song.
Shabbat Dinner | 6:45 pm | Join us for a lovely Shabbat Dinner featuring the rituals and warmth of Shabbat celebration and friendship. 
$20 adults | $10 kids 5-12 | under 5 free
Register at by February 4
Inspiration! A Service of Music & Meaning    7:45 pm
featuring Dr. Yochanan Winston, Rabbi Ron Shulman, & Friends
An innovative prayer service combining traditional and contemporary prayers for celebrating Shabbat with inspiring music, personal reflection, and joyous participation. 
Shabbat morning February 9
Prayer Study Session with Rabbi Libman  | 9:00 am | A deeper look into the structure, order and meaning of the daily prayer.
Shabbat Yoga with Sharon Segal | 9:30 am
Gentle stretching and unwinding from the busy week including a Shabbat Savasana. 
Shabbat Morning Service – Annotated |9:30 am | As we join for our customary Shabbat Morning service, Rabbi Shulman intersperses explanations and insights about our prayers and ritual, and answers questions, throughout the service.
Torah Service & Study | 10:30 am | Gather in the sanctuary for the service of studying and reading Torah and Haftarah guided by Rabbi Shulman.
Family Service |10:30 am |Share a Shabbat service with our children. Families join together for prayer and song, story and spirit with Rabbi Libman, Jessie Blank-Birnbaum and friends. Stay for lunch with the congregation and play board games together. 
Shabbat Service Conclusion | 11:30 am | We all come together for Musaf to conclude our Shabbat morning with prayer, song, and a celebration of our new Siddur Lev Shalem.
Kiddush | 11:45 am | Shabbat Lunch, Friendship, and Song 
Followed by a Discussion with Rabbi Shulman: “Our Vision for Shabbat Prayer.” What are our likes and desires as we gather as a synagogue community for prayer and celebration?
RSVP at by February 6. Lunch is offered at no cost, donations are welcome. 
Thursday February 7
As part of BEIT, we join to prepare for the coming Shabbat.
Cooking Inspirations for Shabbat | 6:30 to 8:00 pm | Jodi Abel
Jodi Abel, Chef/Author/Owner of Lajollacooks4u, a specialized cooking event company providing companies and folks from all around the globe a very unique cooking and dining experience. Chef Jodi specializes in California cuisine. Tonight she will be teaching us how to make an inspiring Shabbat dinner using fresh and seasonal ingredients. 
Melody & Meaning: The Joy of Shabbat 8:00 pm
Learn the meaning of, and a new melody for, “Yism’hu” one of our Shabbat morning prayers about Shabbat joy. This brief session will prepare us to sing the melody and reflect on the meaning of “Yism’hu” during the conclusion of our Shabbat Morning Service on February 9.


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