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Pre-Shavuot Shabbat and Potluck Lunch and Learn: RUTH (May 20, 2017)

Penina : April 17, 2017

Join Ruach HaYam on March 20, 2017, for a Saturday morning Shabbat service followed by potluck lunch and learn on Ruth.   Get ready for Shavuot! Arrive at 9:30am to schmooze and help set up. Service will begin at 10am.

For the potluck please bring veggie/dairy food and your ideas on Ruth.

We worship without a mechitza, and with acoustic music only. We have our own siddur. Our services and study sessions are warm, meaningful, collaborative, lead to deepening of friendships, and are simply fabulous.

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Ruach HaYam Shabbat Retreat November 12, 2016

Penina : September 24, 2016

Ruach HaYam, in partnership with Congregation Am Tikva, and with the co-sponsorship of Congregation Eitz Chayim and Keshet, invites you to our fourth annual full day Shabbat retreat for LGBTQ Jews and friends and family.

November 12, 2016, from 9:30am to 7:30pm at Congregation Eitz Chayim, 136 Magazine Street, Cambridge, MA 02139.

Eitz Chayim is 15 minutes walk from Central Square.  There will be a parking consideration in effect so that you may park within a couple blocks of the synagogue.   Eitz Chayim has a ramp entry and accessible and all gender bathrooms.

The theme for this year is Go to Yourself (Parashat Lech Lecha)

Refresh your spirit and make new friends in this fabulous day of egalitarian davening, creative and thoughtful workshops,and delicious kosher food!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
REGISTER  HERE

Ruach HaYam Ruach HaYam welcomes queer Jews, friends, allies, family, and interfaith connections to our events. We organize short and all day Shabbat events, as well as queer Jewish text studies in the Boston area through out the year.  We worship without a mechitza, with acoustic music only, and with our own siddur. Services are warm, meaningful, collaborative, lead to deepening of friendships, and are simply fabulous. Full day Shabbat retreats include scholarly and experiential workshops and plenty of time to schmooze.

Please join our EVENT on facebook and/or become a member of Ruach HaYam Facebook GROUP to stay in touch throughout the year.

 

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Pre-Purim Shabbat Morning and Potluck Lunch March 19, 2016

Penina : February 16, 2016

Join Ruach HaYam on March 19, 2016, for a queer Saturday morning Shabbat service followed by potluck lunch and learn on Esther. Arrive at 9:30am to schmooze and help set up. Service will begin at 10am.

We will hold services at Congregation Eitz Chayim, 136 Magazine Street, Cambridge, MA.   Please RSVP here and let us know if you would like to read from the Torah, give a dvar on Parashat Vayikra, or bring in your own comments on Esther to study over lunch,

For the potluck please bring veggie/dairy food. We will not be heating food. Pre-packaged food should be hechshered.

Although Ruach HaYam speaks with a queer Jewish voice, we welcome persons of all gender and faith identities. We worship without a mechitza, and with acoustic music only. We have our own siddur. Our services and study sessions are warm, meaningful, collaborative, lead to deepening of friendships, and are simply fabulous.

Please share event widely!

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Ruach HaYam Shabbat Retreat October 17, 2015

Penina : August 15, 2015

Ruach HaYam invites you to a full day Shabbat retreat
for LGBTQ Jews and friends and family in Cambridge, MA
Our theme for this year is “Full Spectrum Judaism: the Gift of the Rainbow”

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Refresh your spirit and make new friends in this fabulous day of egalitarian davening, creative and thoughtful workshops,
and delicious kosher food!

Ruach HaYam, in partnership with Congregation Am Tikva, and with the co-sponsorship of Congregation Eitz Chayim and Keshet, is presenting our third annual full day Shabbat retreat for LGBTQ Jews and friends and family.

October 17, 2015, from 9:30am to 7:30pm at Congregation Eitz Chayim, 136 Magazine Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

We also invite you to join Congregation Eitz Chayim for Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday, October 16, 2015.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
REGISTER  HERE

View comments from previous Retreats here!

Ruach HaYam Ruach HaYam welcomes queer Jews, friends, allies, family, and interfaith connections to our events. We organize short and all day Shabbat events, as well as queer Jewish text studies in the Boston area through out the year.  We worship without a mechitza, with acoustic music only, and with our own siddur. Services are warm, meaningful, collaborative, lead to deepening of friendships, and are simply fabulous. Full day Shabbat retreats include scholarly and experiential workshops and plenty of time to schmooze.

Please join our EVENT on facebook and/or become a member of Ruach HaYam FB GROUP or Meetup GROUP to stay in touch throughout the year.

 

Schedule for October 17, 2015 more »

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Ruach HaYam Spring Shabbat Morning Service and Potluck

Penina : March 19, 2015

Join Ruach HaYam for a queer Saturday morning Shabbat service and potluck lunch.
Saturday, April 18  at 9:30am
Congregation Eitz Chayim, 136 Magazine Street, Cambridge, MA.

Celebrate the coming of Spring and study parashat Shimini.

For the potluck bring cold veggie/dairy food. If brought in a package, food must be hechshered. Please register and let us know what you will be bringing. If you would like to read from the Torah let us know also. Sign up on facebook and leave a comment, or reply to this post.

We will have a text study over lunch – brought to us by Dev Singer over at Nice Jewish Queer Folk, http://www.meetup.com/Nice-Jewish-Queer-Folk/

THE CREATION OF GENDER.
Genesis 1:27 reads “God created the adam in God’s image; in the image of God [God] created him — male and female [God] created them.” What does this verse mean? How were the genders brought into existence according to the Tanakh? This text study will explore how rabbis explain this through the generations.

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Ruach HaYam Shabbaton Retreat November 15, 2014

Penina : February 1, 2014

Ruach HaYam Shabbaton Retreat November 15, 2014

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Miriam dancing at the crossing of the Red Sea. Chludov Psalter. 9th century.

What is the Ruach HaYam Shabbaton? One of last year’s participants describes it as:

 Creating a midrash at Lunch! Telling Stories! Smashing Boundaries! Davening in a Queer Space!

Ruach HaYam, in partnership with Congregation Am Tikva, and with the co-sponsorship of Congregation Eitz Chayim and Keshet, is presenting our second full day Shabbat retreat for LGBTQ Jews and friends and family on November 15, 2014, from 9:30am to 7:30pm.  Retreat is directed by Penina Weinberg and will be held at Congregation Eitz Chayim, 136 Magazine Street, Cambridge, MA 02139.

We also invite you to join Congregation Eitz Chayim for Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday, November 14 at 7pm.  We will be honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance with Shana Aisenberg as a featured speaker.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
REGISTER BY SCROLLING BELOW or FOLLOW THIS LINK

View comments from last year’s Retreat here!

Refresh your spirit and make new friends in this fabulous day of egalitarian davening, creative and thoughtful workshops, and delicious kosher food.  We close out the Shabbat retreat with Havdalah and community meal.

Ruach HaYam is the Spirit of the Sea – is Miriam, Moses, and the mixed multitude, for the first time crossing over, transcending boundaries.
We are Jews (and friends and family) of all gender identities and expressions, rearranging and transcending our boundaries.  Ruach HaYam also calls to mind how near we are to the sea in New England.

Please join our event on facebook and/or become a member of Ruach HaYam group to stay in touch throughout the year.

Schedule for November 15, 2014 more »

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Ruach HaYam Retreat October 19, 2013 was Fabulous

Penina : January 31, 2014

Our Ruach HaYam retreat in 2013 was a huge success.
Read the comments from participants.

Retreat as a whole

  • “The whole event was very enjoyable and successful in community building which I think there needs to be more of in general for the LGBT Jewish community. It’s a very inclusive and welcoming event to someone like myself who traveled all the way from New York City… I thought the whole thing was a success and can’t wait to see you next year.”
  • “A breath of life into Judaism”
  • “This was a wonderful retreat. Thank you for organizing!”
  • “Great to be together with other queer Jews.  Thoughtful selection of workshops and I liked that it was a partnership between different groups in putting this on.  You created an atmosphere that really let people be at home.”
  • “I gained much significant insight from the services, workshops and wonderful interactions with other people attending”
  • “Loved it.”
  • “Excellent way to spend the day”
  • “Well organized. Good co-sponsoring with other organizations.  Friendly atmosphere. Excellent example of building local thoughtful Jewish queer community.”
  • “The food was excellent!!!”   “Delicious!”  “We even came up with a queer midrash at our table.”  “Really good food and interesting conversation.  And a chance to meet new people.”

Morning Services with Am Tikva

  • “A sweet service.”
  • “It was really nice to have the diversity and participation of the members.”
  • “I really liked the explanations and commentary that was provided throughout the service. I used to always go to synagogue and listen to the services all in Hebrew and not really understand what was going on so to have someone stop in the middle and explain exactly what it was that they were doing was an interesting change and I liked it.”

Workshop 1: Gender Detours (interactive story-telling) with Laurie Wolfe

  • “I liked the small group work – great way to get to know each other and share our stories.”
  • “Fantastic… Really made me feel connected.”
  • “Wonderful opportunity to discuss our common gender/coming out stories. Laurie did a great job at the beginning of leading a large group discussion. I learned a lot and made many connections from the smaller groups as well. This was the best part of the day by far!!!”

Workshop 2: Smashing Binaries: Gold Meir, with Dr. Marla Brettschneider

  • “Excellent workshop, very thought provoking discussion on multiple levels.”
  • “Totally fascinating and well prepared.”
  • “Marla did a great job in facilitating a fascinating discussion of gender boundaries.”
  •  “People got very engaged and participated in a really nice discussion.”

Havdalah with Jeremy Sher Service Leader and Shana Aisenberg Music Leader

  • “I very much enjoyed the Havdalah Service!”
  • “I liked the way the Jeremy spoke and how he tied the ritual together. And I really liked the Miriam song!”
  • “One of my favorite services, and really well done.  I like the idea of multiple havdalah candles.”  “Very well-done and inclusive service.”
  • “Shana is full of joy and passion, and I really enjoyed listening to her play and dancing with folks.”
  • “I really enjoyed hearing the music that Shana had written and played for us.”
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Ruach HaYam Shabbaton Retreat October 19, 2013

Penina : August 21, 2013

Ruach HaYam Shabbaton Retreat October 19, 2013

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Collegiate Church of San Gimignano, Italy, 1356.  Israelites safely cross the Red Sea; Pharaoh and his troops are drowned.

Ruach HaYam, Congregation Am Tikva, and Keshet collaborate to present a full day Shabbat retreat for LGBTQ Jews and friends and family.  Refresh your spirit and make new friends in this fabulous day of egalitarian davening, creative and thoughtful workshops, and delicious food.  We close out the Shabbat retreat with Havdalah and live Klezmer music for dancing.  Retreat is directed by Penina Weinberg and co-sponsored by Congregation Eitz Chayim and StudywithPenina. more »

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