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.
- 110+ people built a locally-harvested Sukkah and celebrated Sukkot together
- On Purim, Mishloach Manot, home-baked gifts and mementos from Israel, were serendipitously delivered to over 70 households (all the local members for whom we had addresses)
- We welcomed 125 into our tent for Passover
- Our Lag B’Omer Bonfire and BBQ included archery, a treasure hunt, and mystical teachings for 75 people. “I’d never even heard of Lag B’omer before. This was awesome!”
Lifecycle Support — the Kol Hai community has celebrates 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 launched. Our “Hai School” is 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.