Kabbalat Shabbat and Community Potlucks — our Friday night gatherings are joyous, rejuvenating and inspiring. Twice a month, we chant, meditate, pray, and study sacred text. Our community deepens connections over the vegetarian potluck dinners that follow the service. The food, like the community, is often home-cooked and locally-grown, and always nourishing for body and soul.
Generations Shabbat — Picture a circle of elders seated in chairs or wheelchairs. On the floor in front of them are children crawling, sprawling, dancing, prancing, and singing. We dwell in the sanctity of Shabbat together, learning chants and blessings, and sharing the Torah of our lives. “I never leave without tearing up at the beauty of it all,” one participant commented.
Holiday Celebrations — We embrace the Jewish calendar as an organic whole, revealing many faces of the divine through cyclic and seasonal rituals:
- Our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services draw over 225 people; our Second Day Rosh Hashanah contemplative hikes allows hear the call of the shofar in our precious local wildernesses.
- Our community builds a locally-harvested Sukkah and celebrated Sukkot together
- Community Passover Seders
Lifecycle Support — the Kol Hai community has celebrated deeply moving and meaningful b-mitzvahs, funerals, memorial services, and baby namings.
Soul School is our vision for a hands-on, hearts-in ecological soul school for menches-in-training. We envision an embodied “Hai School” rooted in Jewish wisdom, language, values, culture, experience, and spiritual practices, while also branching out to be in relationship with modern expressions of creativity and community. Our educational kevutzah (leadership circle) is currently open to participation.