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Beit Hashofar welcomes you to visit the Lichtenstein Guest House. This facility is conveniently located steps away from the synagogue and offers the comforts of home as well as an informal study space. Our Guest House is an optimal base for seeing the Northwest region or just to stay overnight on Shabbat while residing in a kosher environment.
In just a few days we'll begin Pesach. Thanks for all who registered for our seder. Registrations are now closed so we can make our preparations. We will start seating people at 7pm on Monday night.
Our community seders are small, homey, meaningful, kosher, and fun. Each year our seder is a bit different. We bring a mix of tradition and modern application. It's an easy going atmosphere where we eat, sing, play drums, and tell stories. We consider the lessons of the Exodus freedom journey as well as stories of modern day restoration of justice to people all over the world.
It is a full evening from 7:00pm until around midnight, so please plan to stay late to enjoy the full experience and take the next day off!
We cater the event ourselves, and believe me, we have amazing cooks in the kitchen. This is not hotel food. This is gourmet kosher eating!
PS. Have a look at a clip from last year, when the drum circle was in full swing!
Our first kirtan in December was a great success. The beautiful Hebrew chants were swirling in our heads for days. It's time to renew that experience and "get grounded".
We’re bringing the songs of the synagogue down to the floor - kirtan style! Thanks to all who sang and danced at our last few kirtans. They were wonderful evenings and we are looking forward to our next kirtan on March 29th at 6:30pm.
We are dedicating one Saturday a month to breaking down the barrier between prayer leader and listener. Kirtan is a participatory event, not a performance. Kirtan Chadasha (renewed worship) is a form of call and response Hebrew chant, providing an environment of heightened participation, communal feeling and connection to the Divine.
Though the kirtan format originated within Indian culture, Kirtan Chadasha is not Indian. It’s new, but not new-age. It is a return to the long lost call and response chanting of the Second Temple. This is a participatory chant where short, sacred phrases from the Jewish tradition are treated as powerful, universal meditations.
It is a time for us to move off the bima and down to the floor, a time for all of us to get grounded with Hebrew chant that reaches deeply within our souls.