Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blog #3: Nashuva Shabbat - 5/14/10 - 7PM

Nashuva Shabbat
(this is not your zayda’s (grandfather’s) style of service!)
Friday, May 14, 2010, 7:00 PM[1]

We invite you to be part of a new, experimental Friday night service called Nashuva[2].Nashuva means, “We Will Return.”

We all have a need to return—to passion, to our dreams, to our essential goodness, to love, to our own souls, to our God. We spend so much time trying to succeed or to simply manage the chaos in our lives, that we rarely make the time to reflect and uncover our true possibility. Our souls are hungry for more. Nashuva is a haven from the hectic lives we lead. A place where we can leave behind our worries, receive the spiritual infusion we have been looking for, and emerge transformed. Nashuva is a time to pray, to sing, to be still and listen to the voice of your soul.
Nashuva is just beginning. We invite you to be part of its evolution and growth. If you have friends or family who you think would be interested in Nashuva, please extend this invitation to them. Indeed, we are specifically asking that you spread the news by word of mouth to those in the greater community who are unaffiliated, who think a Shabbat service is not for them, who don’t think they can find spirituality in Judaism, and to anyone you think should check this service out.

Here is what you can expect to experience, if you allow yourself to do so. It will be a spiritually uplifting service featuring the Nashuva Band led by Cantor Nadel and guest vocalists. The service will include before the recitation of the Shema a guided meditation focusing on the Shema led by myself.

A note to parents: As always, children are very welcome in our sanctuary (do you know we keep a rack of children’s books in the back of the sanctuary?). However, for this service we will be offering childcare for children ages 2-4 and a children’s service for ages 5 and up. Please make use of our children’s programs so that you can enter the sanctuary and find a place to nourish your own soul and talk to God from the very depths of your being. Of course, if you prefer, your children are welcome to stay with you in the sanctuary. If you do desire to utilize the childcare, we do need to know in order provide proper supervision; please contact the temple office - – (973) 376-0539 x11.

In addition we urge you to please dress casually, feel comfortable. And, following services there will be an Oneg Shabbat —food and drink -- to celebrate the joy of Shabbat
[2] Nashuva concept service created by Rabbi Naomi Levy

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