Announcing Teva Torah & Shabbat Shefa

IMG_0672CBS is delighted to welcome musician and prayer leader Mikey Pauker, our shaliach tzibbur, back to shul this weekend!

On Friday evening, Mikey will co-lead a spirited and musical Kabbalat Shabbat service with Rabbi Glazer. On Shabbat morning, he will lead two alternative Shabbat services(1), Teva Torah (Nature Torah) and Shabbat Shefa (Shabbat Flow). To whet your spiritual appetites, we include descriptions of each service here.

Teva Torah (Nature Torah)
It’s often said that a well-rounded spiritual practice requires us to step outside of ourselves. Teva Torah (Nature Torah) gets you started by inviting you to (literally) step outside!

Jewish sages such as the Baal Shem Tov and Rebbe Nachman of Breslov encouraged their followers to wrestle with their inner wild — the world of the mind — by connecting deeply with the outer world, or the forests, fields, and lakes outside of their villages and cities. Today, however, we understand that nature’s wildness is apparent everywhere — yes, even in the ivy- and eucalyptus-dominated median across the street from CBS! Taking our sages’ advice, we’ll enter our urban “wilderness” and thoughtfully engage the natural world that surrounds us in order to forge a deeper relationship with the ineffable.

CBS invites you to join musician and prayer leader Mikey Pauker from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. on select Shabbat mornings -- immediately following the Shabbat School Family Service -- to explore the outdoors through mindfulness practice, chanting, sacred breathing, and meditation. Please bring walking or hiking shoes, and meet in the Rainbow Courtyard at CBS.

Shabbat Shefa (Shabbat Flow)
Following his Shabbat morning Teva Torah (Nature Torah) outings, musician and prayer leader Mikey Pauker will lead a one-hour (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.) alternative prayer service in the Makom Sholom meditation space at CBS.

Shabbat Shefa (Shabbat Flow) is an accessible and spirited meditation- and music-oriented exploration and taste of the traditional Shabbat Shacharit service. Mikey Pauker will lead participants in singing devotional prayer as well as Hebrew chanting and mindfulness exercises.

At noon, Shabbat Shefa participants are encouraged to join the rest of the CBS community for our communal kiddush in Koret Hall.

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So who is Mikey?

He's a spiritual folk/pop artist who hails from Oakland. In addition to being the shaliach tzibbur at CBS, he was named one of Time Magazine's "Stars of New Jewish Music," and he has shared the stage with artists such as Yo La Tengo, Matisyahu, Moshav, Kosha Dillz, Yair Delal, Trevor Hall, and Local Natives. Mikey's new music weaves together English, Hebrew, and Sanskrit, and is inspired by mystical experience and Jewish texts. His songs have been featured on KROQ, WFUV, Examiner, NPR, JPost, and Vents Magazine.

Mikey has served as music faculty at the National Song Leaders Boot Camp Conference in St Louis for the past three years and his compositions have been featured in Ruach 5771, Ruach 5773, and Ruach 5775 Jewish Music Compilations and Songbooks. Mikey studied at Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo (The Reb Shlomo Carlebach Yeshivah) in Jerusalem, and is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a major in Music Business Management, Law, and Radio.

We encourage you to learn more about Mikey by visiting his website or Facebook page.

(1) Please note that these alternative services are offered in addition to the main Shabbat service in the CBS Sanctuary.