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Spring Festival of Learning
In the afternoon, workshops and classes will be offered by local leaders and teachers. There will be food and fun farm activities for all ages to enjoy. The evening will be full of lively music from local band Kugelplex, as well as beer and delicious pizza available for purchase made in our very own cob oven.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Childcare available in the afternoon for free. Register here!
1:00 - 4:00 pm — Speakers/Presenters and Farm Stations
Featuring presentations and lectures by Deena Aranoff, Rachel Brodie, Planting Justice, Maggid Zelig Golden, Rabbi Adina, Daniel Matt, Natan Margalit, Shlichat Tzibbur Julie Batz, Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Rabbi Tsiporah Gabbi, Melita Silberstein, Naomi Seidman, Sky Buenavista, and more!
There will also be fun farm stations offered for all to enjoy during this time including cob building, shabbat candle making, nature prints, farm scavenger hunt, hanging with the goats and chickens, face painting, and more! Food will be available for purchase.
Full schedule of speakers and their classes TBA soon.
4:00 - 5:00 pm — Keynote: David Ingber from Romemu in NYC
- Gather in the main tent for a keynote from Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu. Named by Newsweek as one of 2013’s top 50 most influential rabbis in the United States as well as by The Forward as one of the 50 most newsworthy and notable Jews in America, Rabbi David Ingber promotes a renewed Jewish mysticism that integrates meditative mindfulness and physical awareness into mainstream, post-modern Judaism. A major 21st Century Jewish thinker and educator, his rich perspective, open heart and mind, and full-bodied approach to Jewish learning has brought him to speak throughout the United States and worldwide throughout Canada, Europe and Israel.
5:30 - 7:30 pm — Lag Ba'Omer Bonfire and 21 + Dance Party with Kugelplex
- Gather around the fire as we count the omer and boogie down to tunes from Kugelplex. Featuring Jason Ditzian (clarinet), Dan Cantrell (accordion), Lila Sklar (vocals), Max Baloian (Guitar), Michael Pinkham (drums), and Eric Perney (bass). Beer will be provided and cob oven pizza will be available for purchase.
Sunday, May 14
1:00 - 7:30 pm
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Childcare available in the afternoon for free.
Purchase tickets here
|May 14||1:30 PM–7:30 PM||Sun||Urban Adamah||Daniel Matt Deena Aranoff David Ingber Kugelplex Natan Margalit Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan Rachel Brodie Zelig Golden|
1151 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Kugelplex is California’s rockin’-est purveyor of klezmer and old-world party music. Formed in 2001, the group plays wild, soulful dance music at weddings, concerts and festivals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and beyond. We’ve performed with Joan Baez, the Oakland Symphony, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and Frank London (founder of the Klezmatics) and many other great artists.
For weddings, Kugelplex can act as expert ritual facilitators, helping plan your event every step of the way. From tish to toasts, the group plays in a variety of configurations and styles — chamber music, cocktail jazz, swing, latin, wild dancing, beautiful horas, dance instruction, DJing…
Deena Aranoff is assistant professor of medieval Jewish studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Her interests include rabbinic literature, medieval patterns of Jewish thought and the broader question of continuity and change in Jewish history. Deena is also a community educator and teaches Bible, rabbinics, and Jewish mysticism in a variety of adult education programs. Deena is also a recently certified yoga instructor and teaches yoga in San Francisco.
Rachel Brodie is the JCCSF's CJO (Chief Jewish Officer). Rachel was a cofounder and Executive Director of Jewish Milestones. She spent a year in Israel on a Melton Senior Educator’s Fellowship and holds an MA in Rabbinic Literature from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Maggid Zelig Golden is co-founder and co-director of Wilderness Torah. A community maggid, wilderness guide, youth mentor, environmental educator, and attorney, Zelig Golden brings over a decade of visionary leadership to the Jewish environmental movement. To help connect people and community to their highest purpose, Zelig develops and guides programs such as the Jewish Vision Quest, B’naiture, and Wilderness Torah’s annual cycle of land-based pilgrimage festivals. A former member of the Hazon board of directors, he co-chaired Hazon’s 2008 Food Conference. Zelig holds a BS in ecology from the University of Washington and a JD. from the Berkeley School of Law. He received smicha from Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalomi as maggid, gabbai, and mentor of Torah on Lag B’Omer 5771.
Named by Newsweek as one of 2013’s top 50 most influential rabbis in the United States as well as by The Forward as one of the 50 most newsworthy and notable Jews in America, Rabbi David Ingber promotes a renewed Jewish mysticism that integrates meditative mindfulness and physical awareness into mainstream, post-modern Judaism. A major 21st Century Jewish thinker and educator, his rich perspective, open heart and mind, and full-bodied approach to Jewish learning has brought him to speak throughout the United States and worldwide throughout Canada, Europe and Israel.
Rabbi David’s distinct approach to Torah, rabbinical teaching, and ritualistic practice is informed by his own personal seeking and learning from a wide cross-section of sacred traditions and faiths. He is enlightened by Jewish mysticism and Chassidut, fusing these beliefs with those of other ancient philosophies and world views. Particular influences include 18th Century Kabbalist and Founder of Chassidut, Rabbi Yisrael Ba’al Shem Tov; the great 19th Century Ishbitzer Rebbe, R. Mordechai Leiner; and leading 20th Century thinkers from Kabbalist, Rav Abraham Isaac Kook to psychologist, Carl Jung.
Rabbi Ingber has taught at such eminent institutions as the Academy for Jewish Religion, Columbia University, CUNY, Jewish Theological Seminary, Limmud LA, New York University, the 92nd Street Y, Pardes, The Skirball Center at Temple Emmanuel, and Yeshivat HADAR. He sits on the Board of Directors of Aleph and Synagogue 3000 Next Dor’s Working Group of Sacred Emergent Communities where he continues to teach.
Raised Modern Orthodox in New York, Rabbi David studied at several distinguished yeshivot in Jerusalem and New York including Yeshiva University, Beit Midrash L’Torah, Yeshivat Chaim Berlin, and Yeshivat Chovovei Torah Rabbinical School. He also studied philosophy, psychology and religion at New York University. Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of Renewal Judaism, ordained Rabbi David in 2004. Prior to founding Romemu, Rabbi David was Rabbi-in-Residence at Elat Chayyim Retreat Center.
Natan Margalit was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, studied Anthropology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, made aliya, and studied for many years in Israeli yeshivot. He received rabbinic ordination at The Jerusalem Seminary in 1990 and earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from U.C. Berkeley in 2001. He has held teaching positions at Bard College, the Reconstuctionist Rabbinical College and the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Boston. Natan is spiritual leader of The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, in Western Connecticut as well as Visiting Rabbi at Congregation Adas Yoshuron in Rockland, Maine. Natan co-founded LoKo, a co-op for bringing local, kosher free range poultry meat to the Boston area. He has written and taught for many years on Judaism and the environment, innovative approaches to Jewish texts, Jewish spirituality, and gender and Judaism. With Organic Torah, Natan is bringing together his interests in Jewish texts, the environment and paradigm shift. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife Ilana and sons, Nadav and Eiden.
Daniel Matt, one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah, has been featured in Time Magazine and has appeared on National Public Radio and the History Channel. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah (translated into seven languages), Zohar: Annotated and Explained, and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality.
Recently, Daniel completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. This past spring, Stanford University Press published his ninth volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, concluding the Zohar’s main commentary on the Torah. For this work, Daniel has been honored with a National Jewish Book Award and a Koret Jewish Book Award. The Koret award called his translation “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”
For twenty years, Daniel served as professor at the Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley. He has also taught at Stanford and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Daniel lives in Berkeley with his wife Hana.
Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Chief Program Officer and a Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica. From 1975 to 1985 he was actively involved in informal education (UAHC Camp Swig) and in the creation of Jewish scribal art. From 1985 to 1990 he attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, receiving his MAHL and Rabbinic Ordination. From 1990 to 2010 he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator, and in 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as “An Exceptional Jewish Educator who has had a significant impact on others, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity.” At Lehrhaus since 2010, he is engaged in community education for the Bay Area, focusing on conferences, retreats, tours, the Bay Area Community Talmud Circle, and Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle, and adjunct faculty for the JFCS Holocaust Center.