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Shabbat Awake!

  • Kesher Center 13 Garden Court Somerville, MA, 02143 United States (map)

Our ongoing lab for Shabbat morning practice. This week, musician and rabbinical student Matt Ponak will lead us in embodying the four worlds. Inspired by the deep structure of the morning shacharit service, we will journey through the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual parts of our being. Using Qi Gong, singing, guided meditation, and shared blessings we’ll tune into the inner experience of Shabbat. 

And, of course, we'll follow it up with a festive potluck meal.


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 veggie dish to share with six to eight people, with a label describing the dish's ingredients. The space is 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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