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Soul Candles: Days of Awe

  • Narrow Bridge Candles Cloverdale, CA (map)

Please join Rebekah Erev and Jonah Aline Daniel at the home of Narrow Bridge Candles for a magical day of connection with ancestors, queer and trans lifting up of women's traditions in Judaism, and ritual beeswax candlemaking. Participants will take the candles they have crafted home with them. Snacks and tea provided. 

Workshop 2-6pm, Dinner and Havdallah 6-9 pm (Participants are invited to stay for dinner and Havdallah, the observance of the transition from Shabbat to the rest of the week)
Address will be provided with RSVP

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: There are vast and diverse teachings and uses of candles in Judaism. Everywhere that candles have been used, they have also been made. In this workshop we will draw from Russian and other Eastern European traditions of making "Soul Candles" during the Days of Awe (the Jewish High Holy Days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.) 

Soul candles are made to both honor ancestors and protect the living. Burned during Yom Kippur and throughout the year, their lighting awakens the souls of ancestors and calls on them to pray for the wellbeing of the living.  This candlemaking tradition has been passed down through "tkhines," Yiddish collections of prayers by and for women. Obscured historically by Patriarchy and Christian Dominance, we bring the tkhines of Jewish women into our lives and hold them up to shine brightly. The cost of workshop includes all candle making materials and refreshments. Each participant will go home with a set of Shabbat candles, a Havdallah candle, a Soul Candle and a Yahrzeit Candle. 

COST: $150-$250. Any amount you are able to pay above the base amount will support our ability to fund scholarships. Please inquire about partial scholarships if cost is prohibitive to attendance. 

TO REGISTER: Email: or call 707.669.4866. Space is limited.

ACCESS INFORMATION: The workshop space can be wheelchair accessible but has no bathroom, the mobile home has three stairs up. Both spaces are fragrance free except for beeswax. Participants are asked to attend fragrance free. Click here for more information about how to be fragrance free and with access questions.