The Weeks of Jewish Flourishing


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
7:30 p.m. @ Rodef Shalom

Local and national teachers discuss how Jewish wisdom can serve humanity.
​(See Facebook Event)



Dan Nichols

Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Friday, April 6
7 p.m. @ Rodef Shalom

Voices and Values: Social Justice Sing In
Saturday, April 7
7 p.m. @ JCC Squirrel Hill
(See Facebook Event)

Nava Tehila

Tuesday, May 15
7 p.m. @ Temple Sinai

ChagSpa: Urban Retreat

Shavuot Music, Movement, & Meditation
Sunday, May 20
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. @ Rodef Shalom

(RSVP Here)

Full Band Lag B’Omer Kirtan Concert Kirtan Rabbi & Keshira HaLev Fife

Wednesday, May 2
7:30 p.m. @ Rodef Shalom

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.​
(See Facebook Event)


Pirke Avot:  Ethics Class

Saturdays, Apr 7 - May 19
9:15 a.m. @ Rodef Shalom

During these 49 days we join Jews around the world in studying modern perspectives of hallowed teachings. Register at

Makom HaLev Kabbalat Shabbat in Collaboration with Kirtan Rabbi

Friday, Apr 13
6:30 p.m. @ Rodef Shalom

Deep meditations, chanting and teachings with Rabbi Doris Dyen of Makom HaLev Minyan. Followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. ​(See Facebook Event)

From Matzah to Revelation: The Work of these 49 Days

Four Tuesdays: Text Study with Kirtan Rabbi ​(See Facebook Event)
7 p.m. @ Rodef Shalom

  • 4/17: Becoming Matzah                   
  • 4/24: Journey of the Soul
  • 5/1: World-to-Come Now!
  • 5/8: Mysteries of Mourners’ Kaddish

Downtown Shabbat Service + Potluck Dinner

Friday, Apr 20
7 p.m. @ ILLUME Yoga Studio

Breathe, stretch, and let go in this musical, embodied service. Co-led by Kirtan Rabbi and Kohenet Keshira HaLev Fife, with Jennifer Ferris-Glick. Bring a vegetarian dish to share. ​(See Facebook Event)

Choral Kabbalat Shabbat with Rodef Shira

Friday, Apr 27
5:30 p.m. @ Rodef Shalom

Join Rodef Shira, Molly May, Rabbi Bisno and Kirtan Rabbi for a choral Shabbat service where everyone is in the choir! ​(See Facebook Event)

Tikkun Chant/Kesher Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, May 5
10 a.m. @ Rodef Shalom

Open your hearts and go deep into a Shabbat morning that’s easy to join and sweet to experience. With David P Goldstein, Kohenet Keshira HaLev Fife and Kirtan Rabbi. ​(See Facebook Event)

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

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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.


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