Renew Our Days: The High Holy Days Unbound

AvivaChernickShaliach tzibbur (prayer leader), musician, and teacher Aviva Chernick returns again to CBS to lead Renew Our Days: The High Holy Days Unbound, a special, two-part service occurring on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur.

Renew Our Days is a prayer lab, a non-halachic service (e.g., there is no Torah service) inspired by traditional liturgy, but not bound to it. The service continues to evolve from last year's initial iteration; it will move a bit further from a traditional structure, letting go of more of the text and incorporating more contemplative and embodied practice.

Highlighting selected passages and prayers, Aviva will guide participants on a journey, an opportunity to rediscover and reconnect with the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual substance of Jewish prayer and the High Holy Days. "With curiosity and an openness to discover the experience of prayer anew," Aviva says, "so much is possible."

Join us in song, prayer, and reflection as we experience
the "Days of Awe" in a fresh and inspiring way.

Renew Our Days is open to all CBS High Holy Day ticket holders, but space is limited and preregistration is required (even if you have already purchased your general High Holy Day tickets). Please plan to join us promptly at 10 a.m. The service will end at approximately 1 p.m. (During the Yom Kippur service, Yizkor will occur around noon.)

For a little taste of the prayer lab's vibe, we invite you to listen to Aviva’s lovely interpretation of Chadeish Yameinu.

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Service Details
Renew Our Days: Rosh Hashanah Unbound |  September 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Gronowski Family Chapel
Renew Our Days: Yom Kippur Unbound (w/ Yizkor) |    September 30, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Gronowski Family Chapel

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RENEW OUR DAYS WORKSHOP
Many of the Renew Our Days service melodies will be easy to sing, but new to service participants. Because Aviva wants to maximize the experience of all who join the special High Holy Days prayer lab, she is offering an optional Renew Our Days Workshop on Sunday, September 17, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m., on the Eva Gunther Plaza (just outside of the Sanctuary). In the event of rain, the workshop will take place in the Gronowski Family Chapel. Please join CBS congregants and friends as we reconnect with or get to know Aviva and become comfortable with the service melodies before the new year. (When you register for the services, you will automatically be registered for this workshop.)

Even before the workshop in late September, service participants can begin acquainting themselves with some of the Renew Our Days melodies. Please enjoy these simple recordings – sing along and let them warm you up for what is to come. (Just click on the melody names to listen.)

NEWER MELODIES FOR THE MORNING SERVICE:
1. Tishrei Niggun, by Nava Tehilah – (Or download music file)
2. Carlebach Niggun, by Shlomo Carlebach – (Or download music file)
3. Modah Ani, by Rabbi Shefa Gold – (Or download music file)
4. Elohai Neshama – (Or download music file)
5. Baruch Sheamar, by Rabbi Shefa Gold – (Or download music file)
6. Nishmat Kol Chai, by Joey Weisenberg – (Or download music file)
7. Ahava, by Aviva Chernick – (Or download music file)
8. Adonai S'fatai – (Or download music file)
9. Hayom, by Aviva Chernick – (Or download music file)

FAMILIAR MELODIES FOR THE HIGH HOLY DAYS:
10. Zochreynu
11. Michalkel Chayim – (Or download music file)
12. B'rosh Hashanah – (Or download music file)
13. U'teshuvah U'tefilah U'tzedakah – (Or download music file)
14. Avinu Malkeinu – (Or download music file)

Renew Our Days is supported by an anonymous grant.

Renew Our Days: The High Holy Days Unbound

AvivaChernickShaliach tzibbur (prayer leader), musician, and teacher Aviva Chernick returns to CBS to lead Renew Our Days: The High Holy Days Unbound, a special, two-part prayer lab occurring on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur.

Renew Our Days is not halachic (e.g., there is no Torah service or sermon) – the service is based on traditional liturgy, but not bound to it. Highlighting selected passages and prayers, Aviva will guide participants on a journey, an opportunity to rediscover and reconnect with the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual substance of Jewish prayer and the High Holy Days. "So much of what we want and need is already in the liturgy," Aviva says, and it extends "an invitation to our spirits, voices, bodies, and minds."

Join us in song, prayer, and reflection as we experience
the "Days of Awe" in a fresh and inspiring way.

Renew Our Days is open to all CBS High Holy Day ticket holders, but space is limited and preregistration is required. Please plan to join us promptly at 10 a.m. The service will end at approximately 1 p.m. If you will be joining us, we ask that you R.S.V.P.: just click here and follow the registration instructions. (For a little taste of the prayer lab's vibe, we invite you to listen to Aviva’s lovely interpretation of Chadeish Yameinu.)

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Renew Our Days is supported by two anonymous grants.

Service Details
Renew Our Days: Rosh Hashanah Unbound |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Gronowski Family Chapel
Renew Our Days: Yom Kippur Unbound |    10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Gronowski Family Chapel

REGISTER FOR RENEW OUR DAYS HERE!
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RENEW OUR DAYS WORKSHOP
Many of the Renew Our Days service melodies will be easy to sing, but new to service participants. Because Aviva wants to maximize the experience of all who join the special High Holy Days prayer lab, she is offering an optional Renew Our Days Workshop on Sunday, September 25, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in the Gronowski Family Chapel. Please join CBS congregants and friends as we get to know Aviva and become comfortable with the service melodies before the new year. (When you register for the services, you will automatically be registered for this workshop.)

Even before the workshop in late September, service participants can begin acquainting themselves with some of the Renew Our Days melodies. Please enjoy these simple recordings – sing along and let them warm you up for what is to come. (Just click on the melody names to listen.)

NEWER MELODIES FOR THE MORNING SERVICE:
1. Binah Niggun, by Joey Weisenberg – (Or download music file)
2. Carlebach Niggun, by Shlomo Carlebach – (Or download music file)
3. Modah Ani, by Rabbi Shefa Gold – (Or download music file)
4. Elohai Neshama, by Rabbi Shefa Gold – (Or download music file)
5. Baruch Sheamar, by Rabbi Shefa Gold – (Or download music file)
6. Nishmat Kol Chai, by Joey Weisenberg – (Or download music file)
7. Hayom, by Aviva Chernick – (Or download music file)

FAMILIAR MELODIES FOR THE HIGH HOLY DAYS:
8. Zochreynu
9. Michalkel Chayim – (Or download music file)
10. B'rosh Hashanah – (Or download music file)
11. U'teshuvah U'tefilah U'tzedakah – (Or download music file)
12. Avinu Malkeinu – (Or download music file)
13. Ki Anu Amecha – (Or download music file)

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.