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Presented by Congregation Beth Shalom

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Weekend Schedule

Members of partner organizations eligible for 20% discount off dinner and concert.

Friday, March 1, 2024
6:00pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service 
7:30pm Shabbat Dinner - kosher catering by Mangia Bene -supervision by Beth Shalom rabbis, ($62/person.  Get a 20% discount if you're a member of a sponsoring organization - code is available in cybershul - this makes the dinner cost $50/person)
Register at this link.  Deadline to register is Friday, February 23rd at 12pm.

8:45pm Program: Shabbat Tisch (no charge)

Shabbat Tisch
Shabbat is a time for us to sink into oneg (delight) together. Jews throughout the ages have done so by sitting around a table with a few key ingredients: food, friends, and singing! We will open up to oneg shabbat by joining  our voices and hearts together in song. We will sing traditional and new melodies and engage with singing as a spiritual practice.

Saturday, March 2, 2024
9:30am Shabbat Morning Services
12:15pm Kiddush Lunch
1:15pm Afternoon Program

Karov: Songs of Closeness and Yearning
In this session we will dig into songs centered on concepts of closeness and yearning. We are a people who dream of closeness, and who are often yearning for a reality that is not yet realized. Dveykus - yearning for unification with the Divine - is a concept in Chassidic thought, which offers us a path towards closeness through the experience of yearning. In this session we will explore how these concepts are interwoven through song and reflection, and we'll learn some of Batya's original melodies in the process.

8:30pm Havdallah and Concert ($25/person, $10/student) Get a 20% discount if you're a member of a sponsoring organization - code is available in cybershul - this makes the concert cost $20/person)
Register at this link.

For security reasons we request that all guests, nonmembers, and newcomers to Beth Shalom notify us in advance that they will be attending services. Please use this link.

Support Musician in Residence Weekend

We invite organizations and individuals to support Congregation Beth Shalom’s Musician in Residence Weekend March 1-2, 2024 with Batya Levine. 

Individuals who make a pillar donation will be eligible for free dinner and concert tickets.  More information available here.

Organizations who offer financial support are eligible for a discount on dinner and concert tickets for their members and will be listed as supporters of Musician in Residence Weekend in our publicity.  Please contact Carol Benedick about becoming an organizational sponsor.

The Musician

Batya Levine (they/them) uses song as a tool for cultivating healing and resilience in their work as a communal song leader, musician, shaliach tzibur (Jewish prayer leader) and cultural organizer. They believe in the liberatory power of song to untie what is bound within us, and sustain us as we build a more just and beautiful world. Through workshops, song-circles, and prayer experiences, Batya taps into song as a pathway towards connection and healing within ourselves, with each other and with the Divine.

Batya composes original music made of Ashkenazi yearning, queer heart-medicine, and emunah (faith). Batya released their debut album of original music, Karov, with Rising Song Records in 2020. Batya is a co-founder and currently the Director of Programs at Let My People Sing!. They have worked with the Rising Song Institute as an artist, teacher, and alumna of their Fellowship and Residency programs.

As a cultural organizer and a lifelong student of Jewish song and ritual, Batya supports people to dig into the juiciness of Jewish tradition, for the sake of healing and connection. This work is especially important for those of us who have felt disconnected, alienated or marginalized from Jewish tradition and within Jewish community. Batya is dedicated to building a vibrant Judaism that simultaneously reaches backward and forward in time, and is wide enough for our whole selves.

Mon, February 26 2024 17 Adar I 5784