We gather to celebrate, inspire, make connections and meaning, mending our lives and the world, one action, one commitment, one small step at a time.
We enjoy and celebrate Judaism as a wisdom, a dynamic evolving tradition, one which builds on the past, honors the present and looks to the future. We are a musical, learning and contemplative community. We honor all people, religions and opinions. Our services and events inspire hearts and minds, and strengthen local caring community.
All are welcome. People of all ages, stages and interests. Come, inspire your heart.
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Kesher Shalom gatherings. Intimate get togethers where we enjoy learning and good company with like minded.
Gatherings are on the following dates
- Simchat Torah October 13
- Hanukkah December 14 (Thursday 7pm) Lighting the Inner Menorah
- Tu Bishvat January 26 (2018)
- Purim March 2nd
- Passover April 6th
- Shavuot Study May 19 (Saturday)
“When the month of Adar begins joy increases!”
A holiday dedicated to happiness and fun? Yes!
On Purim we are “commanded” to be happy and have fun. But what if we don’t feel like it? That is why it is a “commandment!” Even when, or especially when, we don’t feel happy or are not in the mood to celebrate we have to engage in this practice of having fun and being happy. Purim is an opportunity to practice shifting your mood. A valuable skill to have! The reciprocal flow goes in both directions; allowing more playfulness brings about more joy and more joy encourages more freedom to be playful.
I have shared about setting the right conditions instead of setting goals, for living the life we want. Happiness and fun work in similar ways. On Purim, we set the conditions and are reminded about happiness.
We know from studies that smiling and laughing, even for no reason at all, changes how we feel. When we smile and laugh we set the physical, chemical, and neural conditions to feeling happier.
Purim is an interesting combination of fun and masquerading. It works because freeing ourselves to be playful, in how we dress and behave on Purim, sets the conditions to silliness and giddiness, and that in turns contributes to more happiness and encourages more freedom of expression. Freedom of expression goes together with feeling authentic and opens us to more joy and fun. Enjoy! Rabbi Sigal
You are invited to join us for a spiritual and meaningful experiences throughout the year. Friendly and welcoming learning with creative, contemplative, informative and interactive experiences for heart and soul.
Thank you! We are grateful for your support and membership. In the New Year we are expanding our programing online and in person and ask for your continued support. Become a sustaining member and join our Steering Council.
Kesher Shalom C/O Goldstein 8336 Thomson Rd. Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: 215-207-9349 Email: KesherShalom@gmail(dot)com
High Holy Days at Kesher Shalom 2018
Rosh Hashannah – Monday September 10th at 10 AM
We start on time please arrive 10 minutes earlier.
Come even earlier: We gather for a Centering Meditation at 9:30 am (sharp) for 20 minutes before services.
Musical and contemplative Rosh Hashannah Gathering with Shofar sound, apples & honey. Sweet refreshment provided (not lunch) Caravan to Tashlich at park after services around 1pm.
Kol Nidrei Tuesday September 18th at 7 PM
Kol Nidrei is a meditative musical evening for refelction and clearing the past for the new in your life
Yom Kippur Wednesday September 19th at 10 AM
Yom Kippur Gathering of music, conversation, ritual and remembering loved ones with Yizkor (memorial service will begin around 12pm)
* Also on 9/30 9:30 AM (sharp) 20 minute Centering Meditation before services.
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- High Holy Days
- Learning texts, traditions and beyond
- Meditation for a soul centered living
- Musings in Mussar & Kabbalah: Learning and Living a balanced life. Small groups are forming. contact us if you are interested
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At our school, students meet with the rabbi in small groups or individually for meaningful and enriching Jewish education. Education includes Jewish holiday and bible study and Hebrew language instruction, as well as preparation for bar/bat mitzvah with a student-centered approach.
Our programs lead by our inspiring Rabbi Sigal are participatory and interactive. Each person is encouraged to share and contribute. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning, sharing and connect with others. If you are interested in finding out more about Kesher Shalom, please email us. keshershalom at gmail.com We are looking forward to connecting with you.
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Phone: 215-207-9349 Email: KesherShalom@gmail(dot)com
Meditation for Soul Centered Living
DESCRIPTION: Mindful mysticism for soul-centered living is rooted in Kabbalah and integrated contemplative practices. It is a holistic approach to healing, joy and contentment.
Rabbi Sigal will teach and guide a healing contemplative practice to focus on mending gaps and connecting to your heart’s desire.
You will learn and practice spiritual refinement based in Kabbalah and mysticism, be guided in contemplative meditation, integrated mindflness, heartfulness, and breathing technique.
All levels are welcome. No experience or knowledge is necessary.
Need more information? keshershalom at gmail.com
A taste of our programs…
Pre Passover Gathering
Out with the Hametz in with freedom! But what does all this mean to us today?
How will you make it fun and meaningful this year?
Come learn how to enjoy and lead a meaningful and fun Seder. We will gather to be inspired, learn and discuss with Rabbi Sigal.
Bring your interesting and fun Haggahdas (books) if you have them, and your questions! We will provide the inspiration to prepare you for a meaningful Seder and holiday.
Tu Bishvat Gathering (Jewish Arbor Day)
We will welcome Shabbat with songs, learn about tu bishvat seder, plant new “seeds,” and share in dessert of fruits, chocolate and seeds to celebrate trees and renewal in nature. Please bring dried or fresh fruits, nuts, seeds or chocolate to share.
Purim Gathering: Play with Contradictions to Find Peace
We will learn from the sources, sing, share our reflections on mystical concealing and revealing. We will contemplate contradictions, and participate in a simple guided meditation to journey from chaos to peace.Bring: Hamantaschen to share. Contributions are appreciated. Please support Kesher Shalom and the Sh’ma Center for Meditation.
All are welcome.
We rely on donations and membership to pay our expenses. Please consider becoming a member and contribute generously to support Kesher Shalom. We thank you for your support.