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 Fine (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.
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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.
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