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Earth/Assiyah: Embodying the Tree of Life

  • Temple Beth Hatfiloh 201 8th Ave SE Olympia, WA United States (map)

Saturday January 26, 2019

Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Ave SE Olympia

Led by Kohanot (Hebrew Priestesses) Nomy Lamm and Rebekah Erev.

Email to register for the workshop.

10:30 am - Noon: Morning Service (Earth-based, feminist, Jewish ritual)

Noon - 1 pm: Torah Service*

1 - 2 pm: Potluck with Tree Theme (fruits, nuts)

2 - 6 pm: Experiential Workshop

Coming out of Tu B’shvat, as the sap rises in the veins of the trees, we feel our earth-bodies awakening to the changing light. The trees’ structure, stability and steadfastness, their quiet witnessing, these are ways that we want to learn to be there for each other, to be in community together.

In this workshop we will explore the roots of Judaism through embodying the archetypes of trees in Jewish teachings. We’ll pay reverence to the sacred tree of life explored in the Kabbalah, relate to the physical body of the Torah made of animal skin and plant matter, and create art that explores our commitment to taking care of the earth and trees we love. We’ll sing, pray, eat, tend our bodies and plant seeds.

No Hebrew or Singing Experience required. Beginners Welcome.

Morning service is free. Workshop is sliding scale $50-100, according to what you can afford.

More about Sliding Scale:

Scholarships available. People of color and people with disabilities are invited to attend for free. Fees can be paid ahead of time or after Havdallah in order to avoid handling money on Shabbat.

Wheelchair accessible. Please come scent-free.

How to be scent-free:

*We are open to one or two more Torah readers if you feel called to participate in this way. If you’re interested in learning one of the portions we have picked out, please let us know!