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High Holy Day Classes with Rabbi Dr. Stuart Dauermann

Stuart5smallThis is the archive from a Shabbaton on  Saturday and Sunday, September 13th & 14th, 2014 with Rabbi Dauermann.

Rabbi Dr. Dauermann returned with an enlightening set of classes to help us get ready for the High Holy Days.  Here recordings and handouts of the topics he covered.

Audio for the MP3 downloads can usually be saved with a right click, "Save as..." action on your computer.

Assessing Our Past Darchei Teshuva – Pathways of Repentance

Repenting and repentance are major themes in the religious life and discourse of the people of God, especially during the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. 

[MP3 download]

Handouts:  Malachi 1-2 Why Halachah, Some comments on Rambam and Repentance


Living for the Future - You, Your Congregation, and the Future of the Messianic Jewish Movement

The High Holy Days are a time of assessing the past and preparing for a different kind of future. But for what kind of future should the Messianic Jewish Movement be preparing?

  • Why Did God Raise Up the Messianic Jewish Movement?
  • Why Does the Messianic Movement Exist? Some Observations
  • Will We Like God’s Future for the Messianic Jewish Movement?
  • Choosing What Kind of Messianic Jewish Future You Will Serve

[MP3 download]

Handouts: Types of Messianic Congregations


Some comments on Beit Hashofar's approach to bringing "something old and something new"

[MP3 download]


Drash on Torah portion Ki Tavo

[MP3 download]


Sermon at Green River - On Communities and Transition

[MP3 download]



For nearly fifty years, Rabbi Stuart Dauermann (PhD, Intercultural Studies) has used a wide variety of approaches to provide new perspectives to assist people living at the intersection of the Christian and Jewish worlds. This has included composing and performing music, writing, teaching, public speaking, founding institutions, and hosting a weekly radio program, “Shalom Talk: Conversations for Change.”

He is an ordained rabbi under the auspices of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council, and after twenty years service there, is Rabbi Emeritus at Ahavat Zion Messianic Synagogue, Beverly Hills.



Kirtan Chadasha - Get Grounded

You are invited to join us this Saturday June 28th at 5PM for our afternoon prayer service, followed by our new Hebrew chant music experience at 6:30PM.


"The primary purpose of prayer is not to make requests. The primary purpose is to praise, to sing, to chant. Because the essence of prayer is a song, and man cannot live without a song. Prayer may not save us. But prayer may make us worthy of being saved." --Abraham Joshua Heschel

We invite you to add your voices to our prayerful songs. This special worship service seeks to break down the barrier between prayer leader and worshipers. 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. This worship is a return to the long lost call and response chanting of the Second Temple. It 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 music that reaches deeply within our souls. We sing to G-d as an act of love, an act of connection, a way to seek repair in ourselves through our relationship to the Divine. Ultimately our aim is to be conduits to help bring healing, repair, and love to the world.

The kirtan is an informal, non-liturgical, musical experience in an intimate gathering space following afternoon prayers in the synagogue. We will use some instrumentation that is traditional to the kirtan style, such as a harmonium and tabla (Indian drums). Participants may sit on the floor (on zafus or floor pillows), stand, or sit on our benches. Each chant is simple, melodic, and repetitive enough to be learned easily. This meditative worship experience is meant to ground us, bringing the heavens down to earth.

We hope that you will join us on June 28th. Our Mincha service will start at 5PM, and Kirtan Chadasha will start at 6:30PM in our beautiful sanctuary.


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