It's the Passover edition of our Kabbalat Shabbat Experience! This week, we'll be changing up the format a bit, starting out with niggunim and poetry from Song of Songs before easing into a musical, soulful, chant-based maariv service. This week also marks the launch of our monthly community-led dvars/sermons.
After the prayer service, we’ll gather for a community vegetarian potluck dinner (see details below), followed by after-meal blessings and singing. Families are welcome—there is a separate play area for kids, and parents are also welcome to have their kids join in the prayer space.
As a co-created community, we rely on a crew of supporters to make our services happen—from setup to cleanup, food prep to after-meal prayer and song leading. Whether you’re a regular at our services or a newbie who wants to fast-track getting to know people, go to our sign-up sheet and select a support role. Thank you!
Please bring a Kosher for Passover (i.e., no chametz) vegetarian dish to share with six to eight people, with a label describing the dish's ingredients. Please also clearly label if your dish contains kitniyot (other grains and seeds, like rice, beans, corn, sesame), out of consideration for those whose practice is to not eat kitniyot. The space is also nut-free. If you bring cheese, please make sure it uses vegetarian rennet. We'll provide challah and kiddush wine/juice. Feel free to bring additional beverages.
There will be a table for hechshered kosher food, so if you're bringing prepared food, please consider buying kosher products. If you are able, please also bring any necessary serving utensils.
The Kesher Center is right on the Cambridge/Somerville line, less than a 15-minute walk from Porter Square and about 25 minutes from Harvard Square. There's also plenty of parking. (The best approach is through Bleachery Court.) Go to the back right corner of the parking lot and look for the "Kesher" sign above the white door.
The Kesher Center is ADA accessible, with elevator and an accessible bathroom. There are also gender-neutral bathrooms in the space.
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