Lev Eisha is a joyous community of Jewish women engaged in prayer, study, and spiritual growth. We are an inclusive community, welcoming congregants of all races, creeds, genders, persuasions, and orientations. We are led by Rabbi Toba August and Cantorial singer Cindy Paley, with musical accompaniment by Joy Krauthammer (percussionist), Melanie Fein (Torah reader/vocalist), Robin Winston (vocalist), Sharon Alexander (vocalist) and Ruth Belonsky (violin). We hold 10 Shabbat services per year including 5 breakfast teachings with Rabbi August. Each service is followed by a delicious lunch sponsored by members and catered by our own Catering Committee. You will experience singing, dancing, meditation, learning, and the joy of being part of a community of women. With so many opportunities to build community and make new friends we are assured a truly enriching Shabbat. We participate in Tikkun Olam through outreach to SOVA, PATH, and Chemoccessories. For the past two years we have sponsored a team in the Run For Her 5K Run and Friendship Walk.
Shabbat services are held on the first Saturday of each month at Temple Beth Shir Shalom, 1827 California Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403.
At the end of our May Shabbat service, Rabbi asked me to “ ’come forth’ and deliver the announcements.” I couldn’t help but laugh at her choice of words – and if I remember correctly, we all shared a good laugh as I came forth.
So now I invite you to Come Forth… to our new Lev Eisha home, Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica.
First, let’s remember and appreciate the warmth of Vista Del Mar, our home for the past 7 years. The Vista staff accommodated our needs with warmth and professionalism while pursuing their mission of providing high-quality treatment programs for special needs children and their families. I am grateful for our years at Vista – and now it’s time to look forward.
Under our past-president Susie Yuré’s leadership, our venue search team vetted over 50 locations. We are very enthusiastic about our new space at Beth Shir Shalom located at 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403.
Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels and his staff are eager to host and welcome us with open arms.
To help bring Lev Eisha energy to Beth Shir Shalom, we welcome everyone to wear a bit (or a lot of) our Lev Eisha Purple/Lavender to the September 3 service.
According to the Talmudic sages, moving to a new location brings a change of mazal (luck, fortune). May this move be accompanied by mazal for Lev Eisha and each of us!
Rabbi August, the Board and I look forward to welcoming you to Lev Eisha at Beth Shir Shalom!
Click here to view our 2016-2017 Season Schedule.
We have a nearly complete service (no Mussaf). Opening with songs of praise, we continue with Birchot HaShachar, the morning personal prayers; Pesukei D’Zimrah, songs of reverence; Shacharit, our central creed (the Shema and Amidah); the Torah service (including the Aleinu and the Mourner’s Kaddish); and finally our closing circle and kiddush.
"The feeling is just different here from other services. I think the women here feel like they can express themselves in ways that they don't when there are men around."− Robin
"This service gets my heart beating and my spirit up! "− Cindy
"I've met so many wonderful women here, women that have become truly great friends- women that I can count on."− Danielle
Lev Eisha incorporates a lot of singing and dancing! We are lifting our voices, making a joyful noise, and truly celebrating Shabbat. During the Torah service we call whole groups to come up to the Torah. We do the required three readings, but don’t specifically follow the triennial cycle. If you’d like to be a Torah reader please contact us.
We use our own siddur, created specifically for Lev Eisha, which contains the songs and prayers, the Hebrew, English translation, and transliteration. While Lev Eisha originated at a Conservative synagogue, Lev Eisha members and participants come from all affiliations: Reform, Renewal, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox. Our members represent the full spectrum of thought and practice.
See, hear, travel, and read with our community through music, videos, photos, book recommendations, and more by clicking here. Enjoy our video, Dancing with My Soul, filmed at one of our weekend getaway events. Stunning video shot and edited by Tracie Karasik of TLKmultimedia.