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Jewish Renewal Shabbaton

December 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am

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One event on December 2, 2017 at 10:30am

One event on December 2, 2017 at 7:00pm



Friday, December 1, 8 pm, FREE
Saturday, December 2, 10:30 am, FREE
Saturday, December 2, 7 pm, $18 in advance, $20 at the door


Join nationally known chant leader and composer Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi) for a Shabbat of sacred call-and-response singing and devotional learning.

Kirtan (also known as Bhajan) is a form of chant developed in India to heighten participation, communal feeling and ecstatic communion with the divine. Its usual, distinguishing feature is a formula of singing based on call-and-response. The chant facilitator offers something and then the participants return the favor.

As Reb Drew likes to say, “We don’t sing many words, but we sing them many times!”

Kirtan is fully participatory. It breaks down the barrier between “leader” and “listener.” Its improvisational and experimental nature, make it a fun, yet strangely deep game to play — for both adults and children.

Hebrew Kirtan is participatory chanting where short, sacred phrases from the Jewish tradition are treated as powerful, universal meditations. It is at once contemplative, ecstatic, and mind-expanding fun! No need to know Hebrew or be Jewish.

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December 2, 2017
10:30 am
7:00 pm
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Bethesda Jewish Congregation

Bethesda Jewish Congregation