We all seek to flourish—to find meaning, purpose and connection. While religion provides trusted pathways, an increasingly expanding global village challenges us to take alternative directions to spiritual growth. Many Jews are incorporating such elements as meditation, chanting and movement inspired by cultures far removed, only then to re-discover them within the tradition all along.
During the weeks between Passover and Shavuot−a time for reflection and self-examination−Pittsburgh’s most innovative teachers are embracing the challenge: We are curating an experimental series of discussions, classes, services, and concerts to stretch our comfort zone. You can expect to explore new ways to connect, find belonging, (re)discover enthusiasm, and, yes, challenge yourself. Welcome to the Weeks of Jewish Flourishing!
Events Are FREE & Open to All
How Can Jewish Wisdom + Practice Deepen Human Flourishing
Tuesday, Apr 10
Local and national teachers discuss how Jewish wisdom can serve humanity.
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Voices and Values: Social Justice Sing In
ChagSpa: Urban Retreat
Shavuot Music, Movement, & Meditation
Full Band Lag B’Omer Kirtan Concert Kirtan Rabbi & Keshira HaLev Fife
Wednesday, May 2
Light your inner bonfire on this propitious day of singing, dancing, and rejoicing together! Hebrew Kirtan is continual call-and-response, fully participatory chant where short, sacred phrases from the Jewish tradition are treated as powerful, universal meditations. No need to be Jewish or know Hebrew to fully immerse in this experience.
Pirke Avot: Ethics Class
Saturdays, Apr 7 - May 19
Makom HaLev Kabbalat Shabbat in Collaboration with Kirtan Rabbi
Friday, Apr 13
From Matzah to Revelation: The Work of these 49 Days
Four Tuesdays: Text Study with Kirtan Rabbi (See Facebook Event)
Downtown Shabbat Service + Potluck Dinner
Friday, Apr 20
Choral Kabbalat Shabbat with Rodef Shira
Friday, Apr 27
Tikkun Chant/Kesher Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, May 5
Additional Offerings from Collaborators
April 8 - May 8 Contemplative Jewish Prayer: Presence, Intention, Surrender See Chavurat Shirah FB for Times & Locations
April 22 Tikkun Chant Circle with David Goldstein 9:15 a.m. @ Rodef Shalom
May 11 Chavurat Shirah Monthly Service 7:30 p.m. @ Rodef Shalom
May 18 Kesher Kabbalat Shabbat 6 p.m. @ Winchester Thurston
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, and confirmed at Rodef Shalom, Rabbi Andrew Hahn is one of a new breed of cutting-edge, artist-rabbis whose joyful music and teachings address the deepest longings of the 21st century. He unites celebration of Torah and song in a way that allows people of all ages to discover renewed energy within their practice, Jewish or otherwise. A long time martial arts instructor, with a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy, Andrew laces his simple, alluring chants with meditation techniques and traditional learning.