Summer Art Experience
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art
Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor)
June 15 | June 29 | July 6 | July 20
Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen
Pre-registration is required for adequate supplies. $30 for whole series, $10 each class separately. You can register for each class individually by clicking on the title/date. You can register for the entire series below full description.
Likrat Shabbat is a series of open ended, process-oriented art activities which start with kavanah (intention) and grow towards mindfulness, joy and connection. Each workshop will dedicate time and space to let go, slow down, and welcome in a restorative Shabbat. Through the ritual of making, we connect mind, body and spirit, the benefits of which we continue to enjoy beyond the workshop.
June 15: Watercolor Shema-ndalas: The mandala is a meditative art form practiced in many traditions which uses circular forms and repeating patterns. We will combine these techniques with watercolors to express the Oneness found in the Shema and to celebrate the cycles in our lives.
June 29: Wisdom Weaving: Weaving is one of the oldest art traditions across cultures. We will tap into the wisdoms that this ancient practice has to offer us, and experience the feeling when our hands, mind and spirit are aligned.
July 6: Creation Ceramics: Working with clay embodies the mystery of creation; the act of shaping something out of a chunk of clay’s pure potential is rich both physically and symbolically. We will celebrate Shabbat as the reward for the work of the week.
July 20: Suminigashi Paper Marbling: In floating black ink on water’s surface, we will delve into Shabbat’s themes of light and dark. The Suminigashi technique of paper marbling is a quiet, meditative process influenced by the subtlest movements of air whose results, when printed on paper, reveals a complex universe of organic curves and lines reminiscent of topographical maps and tree rings.
About the facilitator: Ava Sayaka Rosen is a San Francisco-based poet and artist. She is founder of four eyes press, co-founder of Open Windows Cooperative, and Judaic Arts Coordinator at Congregation Emanu-El’s Youth and Family Education Program.She is interested in the intersections between art, spirituality, sustainability, and healing.
At the Rabbi’s Table
Third Wednesday of the month, Noon – 1:00 pm
55 2nd Street, San Francisco
No charge for admission
We’re continuing a monthly learning session with one of our Emanu-El Clergy during your lunch break downtown San Francisco. Bring your own lunch, and our rabbi will bring the Torah to you!
Directions for 55 2nd Street: After entering a sumptuous marble lobby from Stevenson Street, the indoor park is a few steps up on the left, inside the historic building. There are tables and chairs on wood ﬂooring, and big leather chairs near windows on carpeted areas.
“Limonata and Learning,” first Wednesday of the Month in Marin
Join Emanu-El clergy on one Wednesday a month for an hour of learning and engagement ranging from a rabbinic/Talmudic issue that speaks to today’s events to a cultural or spiritual discussion.
Next Date: Learning and Limonata, July 5 4:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, Corte Madera
“Brown Bag,” first Wednesday of the month at Emanu-El
Join Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your own bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Congregation Emanu-El Library
Next Date: July 5
What questions keep you up at night?
What answers bring you comfort?
What more are you curious to know?
At Emanu-El, we are an active community of lifelong Jewish learners – in endless pursuit of spiritual growth and exploration. As Jews, we are compelled to question and debate. These conversations energize us as we gain new perspectives and challenge our own long-held beliefs. Our shared desire for knowledge and for community enriches us as individuals and bonds us as a congregation.
Emanu-El thrives when we are learning together. We hope that you will find time on your calendar and in your mind to join us on a thought-provoking and powerful Jewish journey.
To inquire about adult education, please contact Ariana Estoque, director of adolescent and adult education, at (415) 751-2541 x307 or email@example.com