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Hi friends, I am hosting a Jewish movement and meditation circle on zoom this Sunday. Come connect with your inner wisdom as we discern our next steps in this changing world. Message me with any questions.
Chag Sameach! This time of COVID-19 may be our best opportunity to plot and enact the peaceful Revolution of the Heart that our world so desperately needs. A revolution that will not simply replace the despots, destroyers, and would-be-dictators, but render them irrelevant altogether. Passover is a perfect time to start.
Please read and forward this Jewish Call to Action (downloadable at jewishcall.therevolutionaryheart.com), which includes a Passover Haggadah supplement and other resources for taking a liberatory journey from Pesach through the Omer to Shavuot and beyond.
The call is a joint project of The Aquarian Minyan, Derech HaAretz Outdoor Yeshiva, JeWitch Collective, and a growing list of other organizations. We would love for you or your organization to join us -- please email [email protected] to sign on.
Blessings for a liberatory Passover season,
Susala
~~~
A Revolution of the Heart
Passover-Omer-Shavuot Resource for the
Fifty-Day Journey from Liberation to Revelation for 5780/2020
This is a Jewish Call to Action for a Peaceful Revolution of the Heart on behalf of All Life.
In this time of COVID-19, when the planet already stands on the brink of disaster, we hunker down and wait for the Angel of Death to pass over our homes. Yet people are also joining together as never before to meet the challenge with kindness and generosity. Business as usual just might give way -- must give way -- to the profound and unusual business of rescuing humanity and the planet.
This narrow time of quarantine contains within it a rare opportunity: a gift of time during this Planetary Pause to plan, strategize, and seed the immense changes our planet desperately needs to survive.
From the first Pesach to the Judean resistance to the Roman Empire to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, this season is by tradition a time to organize, plot, and enact revolution. This current moment may be what our tradition and all spiritual traditions have been preparing humanity for.
In this Passover season of liberation, let us dream, celebrate, debate, inspire, conspire, enact, and joyously join together in a peaceful revolution. A revolution that will not simply replace the despots, destroyers, and would-be-dictators, but render them irrelevant altogether.
Lo aleinu ham'lachnu ligmor. V'lo anachnu ben chorin l'hibatel mimenah: It is not incumbent on us to finish the work. But neither are we free to absolve ourselves of responsibility for it. If ever there was a time to prepare ourselves and take action, that time is now. And this call to action is part of a greater call being answered by spiritual and activist communities around the world.
Let us proclaim a Revolution of the Heart. And let it begin tonight.
Shana tova! I am searching for one Kitchen Yom Kippur ticket for Wednesday only. Does anyone have an extra I can buy?
Registration is now open for Hebrew SF: Ulpan. The program is from July 8-26at USF. Scholarships are available! For more information or to register for the program please visit usfca.edu/summer-hebrewsf.
I think this trip should be required for every American. Let me or Michael Lezak know if you want to go.
Would love for folks in The Kitchen community to join us for MAKE Hanukkah, this Sunday Nov 18 at the CJM. In 5 concurrent workshops led by an all-star crew of makers and educators, we'll be acquainting ourselves with the spiritual opportunities of Hanukkah and bringing them into the world of physical reality through creating sacred objects. Sign up in advance to reserve your spot for a specific session (you will receive an email post-signup.) - tickets and workshop details at makehanukkah.eventbrite.com

Looking forward!

https://www.facebook.com/events/320998211796327/
The original radical Yiddish borderland bandits Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird will be in Palo Alto at the Oshman Family JCC on Thursday, 11/15! The Berlin-based #Jewish #punk cabaret band brings us a positive message of empowerment, fighting racism and keeping #Jewish culture alive and vibrant in Germany and around the world. Get your tickets at:
Calling all Kitchenites! Interested in some ongoing community service this year? We're recruiting families to help serve dinner the first Wednesday of every month at Glide Memorial Church, 3:30-5:30. My family is signed up from now through May and we'd love to share the experience with you. If you're interested please reach out to Rabbi Michael [email protected]
Fellow East Bay Kitchen-ites!

Are you, like us, sick of the daily attacks from the Trump Administration and its co-conspirators in Congress on everything we hold dear?

Are you hungry to figure out how you can make a real impact in the mid-term elections and beyond?

If so, please join us on Sunday, September 16th from 3-5 pm for a party and fundraiser at our home here in Oakland. All the details are in the invitation image below -- it's the Sunday between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

You'll hear about how Bend the Arc: Jewish Action's is mobilizing the Jewish community to be a catalyst for change in the midterm elections -- including our strategy to flip 5 critical congressional districts while building our base for the future. You'll hear about how our immediate campaign work connects to our long term vision for racial and economic justice. And you'll learn how WE can make a difference with both our time and resources at this critical moment.

You can RSVP directly to Mil at [email protected] or 212.213.2113 ext. 72.
Gorgeous views, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, centrally located, furnished SF home is available for rent July 15, 2018?

Here is the link to the craigslist posting:

We exist to translate Torah by making religion modern and relevant with those who want to do Jewish in order to change lives and invest in the world.

Open all the doors — The Kitchen SF 08/09/2021

Open all the doors — The Kitchen SF

Watch, read + listen to Rabbi Noa Kushner's latest drash from 8/6 — Parashat Re'eh / Open all the doors

https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/open-all-the-doors

Open all the doors — The Kitchen SF Rabbi Noa Kushner Parashat Re’eh August 6, 2021 Open all the doors

Kabbalat Summer Shabbat — The Kitchen SF 06/17/2021

Kabbalat Summer Shabbat — The Kitchen SF

Summer Shabbat begins tomorrow June 18th — and it's in person!

Details, in-person RSVP, and Zoom link for our International Kitchen-ites here:

https://www.thekitchensf.org/all-events/event-two-96akd-e8mrf-p9exy

Kabbalat Summer Shabbat — The Kitchen SF It's finally happening — Kabbalat Shabbat in person this Summer! All the event details: Friday, June 18th at 6:15 PM Courtyard at the Jewish Community High School (JCHS) We’ll be outdoors for the entirety of the service so dress in SF layers Community, prayer, torah, song — the makings

05/10/2021

Can You Hear Me Now? : Walking in the Garden — Rabbi Noa Kushner

Read + Listen:

https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/can-you-hear-me-now

Can You Hear Me Now? : Walking in the Garden — Rabbi Noa Kushner

Read + Listen:

https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/can-you-hear-me-now

04/19/2021

Facing the Field — Rabbi Noa Kushner's latest drash.

Read + Listen to the full drash:

https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/facing-the-field

Facing the Field — Rabbi Noa Kushner's latest drash.

Read + Listen to the full drash:

https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/facing-the-field

Going Out The Door You Came In — The Kitchen SF 04/12/2021

Going Out The Door You Came In — The Kitchen SF

In our holiest places
It's not even that everyone is welcome —
But that everyone is flawed, no one is unblemished, everyone can make t’shuvah
and that is the point

Read+ listen to Rabbi Noa Kushner's full drash:

Going Out The Door You Came In — The Kitchen SF Going Out the Door We Came In Parashat Shmini In our holiest places It's not even that everyone is welcome — But that everyone is flawed, no one is unblemished, everyone can make t’shuvah and that is the point

What do you pack when you don't know where you are going? — The Kitchen SF 04/09/2021

What do you pack when you don't know where you are going? — The Kitchen SF

Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer's latest drash for Parashat Chol Hamoed: "What do you pack when you don't know where you are going?"

Read and listen here: https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/what-do-you-pack

What do you pack when you don't know where you are going? — The Kitchen SF Parashat Chol Hamoed What would you pack in the middle of the night, in hipazon /frenzy? What do you drop at the edge of the sea before crossing? What are your non-negotiables?

Karev Yom // The Day is Coming — The Kitchen SF 04/08/2021

Karev Yom // The Day is Coming — The Kitchen SF

Karev Yom // קרב יום // The Day is Coming from ויהי בחצי הלילה // So it will be in the Middle of the Night

A musical collaboration between our very own Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer & producer Jacob Blumberg, vocalist Aviva Chernick, bassist Daniel Ori, flutist Eliyahu Sills, & percussionist Rich Stein.

Listen here: https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/karevyom

Karev Yom // The Day is Coming — The Kitchen SF A musical collaboration between our own Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer & Jacob Blumberg, Aviva Chernick, Daniel Ori, Eliyahu Sills, & percussionist Rich Stein.

03/23/2021

It’s all here, ow.ly/DKB030rBhZr! Infuse your seder with teaching and song from the Jewish Emergent Network (The Kavana Cooperative, The Kitchen, Mishkan Chicago, Romemu, Lab/Shul, & Sixth & I). Short videos and slides to use in your Zoom and family seders, totally a la carte. Use one, or use them all. Powered by Haggadot.com.

It’s all here, ow.ly/DKB030rBhZr! Infuse your seder with teaching and song from the Jewish Emergent Network (The Kavana Cooperative, The Kitchen, Mishkan Chicago, Romemu, Lab/Shul, & Sixth & I). Short videos and slides to use in your Zoom and family seders, totally a la carte. Use one, or use them all. Powered by Haggadot.com.

Open Your Invitation — The Kitchen SF 03/22/2021

Open Your Invitation — The Kitchen SF

Even when we think we’re standing on the outside looking in,
even when we can’t hear the divine voice calling our name, we use our own voice to call someone else’s. The act of inviting brings us all inside.

— Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer

Watch + listen to Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer's drasha for Parashat Vayikra:
https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/open-your-invitation

Open Your Invitation — The Kitchen SF Parashat Vayikra Even when we think we’re standing on the outside looking in, even when we can’t hear the divine voice calling our name, we use our own voice to call someone else’s. The act of inviting brings us all inside.

Back from the Dead — The Kitchen SF 03/12/2021

Back from the Dead — The Kitchen SF

In that moment Moses knows

God is mistaken

For God, like it or not, is always with us

- Rabbi Noa Kushner, Parashat Ki Tissa

Back from the Dead — The Kitchen SF Parashat Ki Tissa In that moment Moses knows God is mistaken For God, like it or not, is always with us

RED BEAN & OATMEAL HAMANTASCHEN — molly yeh 02/24/2021

RED BEAN & OATMEAL HAMANTASCHEN — molly yeh

We love a traditional hamentaschen but we've been known to do things a bit differently at The Kitchen too. Check out our recipe for the perfect dough - based on Betty Doman’s hamentaschen, courtesy of Anne Schulman - and a Red Bean and Oatmeal filling version from Molly Yeh linked below.

INGREDIENTS

2 sticks butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg yolk
a pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Powdered sugar, for dusting

PREPARATION

1) Put the confectioners’ sugar and the egg yolks in a food processor and blend. Add butter and lemon zest and process to blend. Gradually add the flour and the salt, pulsing until it forms a ball. Divide the dough in half, flatten each into a disk, wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill until firm, at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

2) Meanwhile, choose & prepare your filling!

3) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

4) Unwrap one of the chilled dough disks and place on a piece of parchment paper that has been dusted lightly with flour. Lightly dust the top of the dough with flour. Cover with a second piece of parchment paper. Let stand at room temperature until malleable, about 5 minutes. Use a rolling pin to press and roll out the dough into a 1/4-inch- thick round between the sheets of parchment, flipping the dough occasionally. Use a plain biscuit or cookie cutter or glass to cut 3-inch circles, placing the circles on the prepared baking sheet spaced 1 inch apart. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill until firm while you repeat the rolling/cutting process with the second round of dough.

5) Remove the first pan of dough rounds from the refrigerator. Place a heaping teaspoon of the filling in the center of each, and press up the sides to form triangles, pinching the ends closed. If the dough is too firm, let stand a minute or two to soften; return the baking sheet to the refrigerator if the dough becomes too soft. Repeat with the remaining dough rounds.

6) Brush the tops with beaten egg. Bake until golden and dough is delicately firm all the way through, about 13-18 minutes, rotating the racks front to back and top to bottom after about 10 minutes.

7) Place trays on wire racks for 10 minutes before transferring cookies on parchment to racks to cool completely.

ASSEMBLY

1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2) To assemble the hamentaschen, work with half of the dough at a time (the other half should stay wrapped in the fridge) and roll it out to 1/4 inch on a surface that has been dusted with powdered sugar.

3) Cut into 3-inch circles (turning a glass upside down is a good way to do this), place two teaspoons of filling in the center, moisten edges with water, and pinch into a three-cornered shape.

4) Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked through. Let cool and dust with powder.

RED BEAN & OATMEAL HAMANTASCHEN — molly yeh reasons why purim *might* have a shot at making it into my list of top 20 favorite holidays this year (bc do i need to explain again how i'm actually a grandma that prefers the more sober holidays where you eat matzo ball soup ): 1. it's slowly becoming a holiday for just reminiscing on my colle

02/16/2021

Charbonah? Cookie Monster? Carbonara? See our latest audition tape for this lesser-known Purim character.
Noa Kushner

02/10/2021

Unmistakable, Irreducible, Recognizable, Treasured. Read and listen to the full drash:
https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/ctxph5dwjqvh38mrwtgnrew6iivr7y-7m5jy

Noa Kushner

Unmistakable, Irreducible, Recognizable, Treasured. Read and listen to the full drash:
https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/ctxph5dwjqvh38mrwtgnrew6iivr7y-7m5jy

Noa Kushner

02/10/2021

Queen Esther: regal, courageous, beautiful, and strong. Who can best capture the character of our royal protagonist?

Noa Kushner

02/02/2021

Purim is just around the corner and you may be wondering, who will play the role of Haman this year? Take a look at our audition tape and let us know what YOU think!

Noa Kushner

01/29/2021

Yemei Horpi

It is Shabbat Shira - the Sabbath of the Song of the sea. Those who walked in the middle of the water on dry land knew breathtaking closeness. Divine love after a 400 year drought.

In honor of Shabbat Shira, here is a song of longing for that closeness; a song of faith that exile will not last forever:

01/28/2021

Jewish Life is Waking Up

This week's guest on Jewish Life is Waking Up, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, is a voice of his generation. Tune into the powerful and moving conversation here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8kEehuFgVDnLtD00v08KWgUIL5Xayuki

Jewish Life is Waking Up A conversation with R. Noa Kushner and R. Ed Feinstein, and the visionaries shaping Jewish life for the next generations.

A Life Exposed: Military Invasions of Palestinian Homes in the West Bank 01/26/2021

A Life Exposed: Military Invasions of Palestinian Homes in the West Bank

We are proud to co-sponsor New Israel Fund’s interactive virtual program on Thursday, January 28th, which will delve into the harsh reality of IDF home invasions of Palestinian homes in the West bank —outlined in a recent report by three Israeli human rights organizations: Breaking The Silence, Yesh Din, and Physicians For Human Rights Israel.
Sign up now and learn more about #LifeExposed in the occupied territories: https://secure.nif.org/a/life-exposed-home-invasions

A Life Exposed: Military Invasions of Palestinian Homes in the West Bank Join us for an interactive virtual program on 1/28 as we examine the practice of home invasions and the severe harm it causes to the Palestinian families whom it impacts and on the Israelis who carry it out.

01/21/2021

When can we all be together again? I'll wait.

When can we all be together again? I'll wait.

01/12/2021

“How Could You Do This Thing?”: Mobs and Midwives, Then and Now

Read and Listen to Rabbi Kushner's latest drash:
https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/ctxph5dwjqvh38mrwtgnrew6iivr7y

thekitchensf.org 12/29/2020

Calendar — The Kitchen SF

Stay up-to-date about how the Kitchen is kicking off the new year by checking our 2021 calendar! https://www.thekitchensf.org/calendar

thekitchensf.org

12/27/2020

"Even the darkness as strong as the darkest chapters in our history⁠
We never submit ourselves to that darkness,⁠
Walking in circles, repeating what was⁠
Rather, when it is dark, we stop and find a place to rest"⁠

-Rabbi Noa Kushner⁠

thekitchensf.org 12/24/2020

These are the Days of Miracles and Wonder — The Kitchen SF

"So maybe we don’t always need to know miracles just as they happen⁠

Maybe we can’t acknowledge them all ⁠

Maybe we are living through a time of great miracles⁠

because every time is a time of great miracles" ⁠

-Rabbi Noa Kushner⁠
https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/these-are-the-days-of-miracles-and-wonder

thekitchensf.org Parashat Vayishlach Sometimes we miss the miracles Even really obvious ones Sometimes we need other people to tell us: “That thing that happened? The fact that you are a totally different person now? That was a miracle. Say the blessing.”

12/23/2020

Many times people come to rabbis with serious questions. But sometimes, rabbis go to one another. ⁠

Link to watch the 4th episode of Jewish Life is Waking up with Rabbi Noa Kushner and Rabbi Ed Feinsten: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf47r5gM8XAjPuPnlrJ4BDg/featured?view_as=subscriber

12/16/2020

Jewish Emergent Network

TONIGHT! Tune in at 7:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm CT and AGAIN (2nd broadcast) at 6:30 pm PT for learning + singing + sweetness from our Rabbis. Main event streams right here and no registration is required. BONUS: Live Zoom dance after parties on each coast, registration open now, but hurry! All details at www.jewishemergentnetwork.org/Hanukkah

The Kavana Cooperative The Kitchen IKAR Mishkan Chicago Lab/Shul Romemu Sixth & I

12/11/2020

Ocho Kandelikas

If you missed the premiere of our first ever Hanukkah music video last night, not to worry! You can watch it here, or on our website, as many times as you want.

12/09/2020

We’re so pleased to share this podcast episode featuring Rabbi Jessica!

Listen to a 30-minute deep dive between Rabbi Jessica and Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann (of @MishkanChicago) all about famous and lesser known Hanukkah songs that have traveled generations. They talk Jewish musical tradition and history, and consider what it means to sing out this unique Hanukkah season.

Listen on
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/59JMKVwLvWe8RUG2fIZuBb?si=eGDAZhu9TzKPZNFYIbT0Uw

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-nostalgia-of-hanukkah-music-with-jessica-kate-meyer/id1502287634?i=1000501339531

Buzzsprout: https://www.buzzsprout.com/923860/6680942

12/07/2020

Read and listen to Rabbi Noa Kushner's latest drash, titled "These are the Days of Miracles and Wonder". Link below.

https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/these-are-the-days-of-miracles-and-wonder

[12/03/20]   This conversation with R. Feinstein and myself was the first in a series -- so powerful to begin to talk together. Like being at a dinner party I didn't want to end. R. Noa

11/10/2020

Join the Rainmakers: a new Kitchen team working towards a larger environmental solution. Click the link below to register for tonight's meeting at 7 pm PST.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oduqtpjIjHdUixrXyjAzsrhqBei07n0Ry

11/09/2020

Listen to Rabbi Noa Kushner's latest drash: America, America. Link below.

https://www.thekitchensf.org/read-listen-posts/oi7l7i77fdqx0gclp2p5n0yvbzsz83

11/06/2020

Passegiatta part 2: Tomorrow at 3 pm, gather with other Kitchen-ites mask-to-mask, for a casual Shabbat afternoon, post-election walk around Alta Plaza Park.⁠
See you there!

11/05/2020

"I can't tell the future but I know where I'll be come sundown on Friday. Knowing we will all be together, no matter who wins, brings me a measure of relief."⁠
--Rabbi Noa Kushner⁠

Link to register for Shabbat:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Utcu6oqzou-fYMkQxkvrWLG5cVtQ0Q_Q

10/22/2020

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