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Contemplative Shabbat

Saturday, July 17, 2021 8 Av 5781

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMOutside in the Courtyard!

In Person! with Janet Falk and Jeffrey Kessler
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Join us for our first in-person Shabbat service since the before the pandemic!

Janet Falk and Jeffrey Kessler will be conducting Chochmat’s beautiful Contemplative Service, created by founding member Nan Gefen and Rabbi Jonathan Omer-man. The service follows the arc of the traditional morning Shabbat service in distilled form – with alternating periods of chant and silence, time for personal prayer, Torah teaching, and Mourner’s Kaddish.


July 17th is the eve of Tisha b’Av – the Jewish people’s annual Day of Mourning.  In this service, we will be both opening our hearts to mourn many losses, and looking forward with joy to the possibilities of the coming year.


Janet Falk has been associated with Chochmat HaLev since 2006, when she started participating in Monday Night Meditation. She has been a regular meditator since that time and has co-led the monthly Contemplative Shabbat morning service for several years, along with Jeffrey Kessler. Janet has also served on the board of Chochmat HaLev, was the Board President for 2 years, and continues as chair of the High Holy Days Committee.

Jeffrey Kessler, President of the Chochmat Board of Directors, has been a spiritual seeker all his life. Coming from an interfaith background, his exploration of various spiritual traditions and psycho-physical systems has always been with an eye to ‘what is the common’ to all. As a life-long seeker of truth, he understands that the process of teaching effectively requires intentional exploration of what is still unknown in the landscape of the self. Jeffrey is a longtime practitioner and teacher of meditation, Tai-Chi, Chi Gung, and Mussar. His gentle presence is a foundational bedrock at Chochmat.

This will be an in-person program only. Stay tuned for info on upcoming virtual and hybrid events.

Covid Protocols (subject to change – please check back prior to event)
Masks required indoors  •  Attendees should be vaccinated or have a negative Covid test within 72 hours before the event

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