Brand new! This year at STS, help us to explore the many ways we can innovate and create — both key elements in our lives, and elements that are key to how we see ourselves in this world as the hands of God.
Torah begins as Y-H-V-H creates the heaven and the earth in six days, then rests, blesses, and sanctifies the seventh day. Our kehillah kedoshah , our sacred community, will experience the 7 days of creation through a year of creation-themed activities, including study, films, service, field trips, workshops, and monthly sessions with stained-glass Judaic artist and scholar Revital Somekh-Goldreich.
Join in the excitement and the wonder of the Creation Experience.
One highlight of our Creation Experience is a monthly session with stained-glass Judaic artist and scholar Revital Somekh-Goldreich. In eight fascinating workshops, we will use our lives as fuel and the arts as engine to co-create a permanent stained-glass installation in our synagogue. Each workshop will be comprised of text study, a related art-history slideshow, and the creation of a handmade visual interpretation (midrash).
Revital is an award winning artist, who specializes in teaching biblical texts and their interpretations through visual arts. Her artwork is a form of visual commentary on our foundational texts. In her workshops, Revital seeks to democratize the study of such texts and to join with participants in finding relevant meanings and lessons in them.
For more information on Revital and her work, please visit her website at www.LetThereBeLightJudaicArt.com or call Revital at 818.458.9389
HUMANS & ANIMALS – RELATIONSHIPS
Sunday, April 2 | 2:00pm Harvesting Vegetables
We will meet at Tierra Rejada, Underwood Family Farm in Moorpark to harvest vegetables for ourselves and for donation to a Food Pantry. Family friendly, no strollers. **Charge for Admission and cost per pound of harvested vegetables apply. EVENT PARTNER: PROJECT OPEN HANDS
Wednesday, April 19 | 7:00 - 9:00pm Creative Canvas Night with Wine & Cheese | Shared program with Sisterhood | Cost: $35
You are invited to participate in a mixed media experience of self expression. Guided by an artist from "Date to Create" studio (www.datetocreate.com), participants will express their creativity with a variety of materials such as paint, collage, fabric and epherma. Personalize your canvas by bringing a favorite meaningful quote, or a copy of a special photo. It's about the process not the product. No art experience necessary.
Friday-Saturday, April 21 and 22 | Scholar in Residence Weekend | Pinchas Giller: Creation in Zohar
From Ezekiel's fantastical imagery of the Chariot to the 16th-century mystics of Sfat, and from rabbis of the Zohar to Lurianic Kabbalah, Dr. Pinchas Giller illuminates the teachings of the Jewish Mystical tradition on the Creation of the World.
Wednesday, April 26 | 7:00 - 9:00pm Journey with the Artist #6: Revital Somekh-Goldreich
We will study Biblical texts and commentaries (in word and image) throughout the ages. Each of us will create our own art-midrash as it relates to the text and to our lives. This month we will explore breaking molds and shifting paradigms.
SHABBAT- REST, REFLECTION & HEALING
Sunday, May 7 | 10:30am - 1:30pm Harvesting Creation and Healing: Color Mixing and Painting Workshop | Cost: $18
Using her award wining book The Secret of Mixing Colors from Angel Liana, artist Rosemary Cohen will share her story and connect the themes of Creation, Shabbat, grief and healing. With hands-on instruction on mixing three colors to create additional shades of colors on silk and paper. Participants will take home their beautfiul and original artwork.
Wednesday, May 10 | 6:00 - 7:30pm Dads and Kids Flower Arranging Workshop (Shhh....Mother's Day Surprise), with STS Men's Club | Cost: $18 per family
Fathers and children (3rd - 8th grade) are invited to create mini flower arrangements just in time for Mother's Day. Learn how to become "expert" floral arrangers and present Mom with your family-made beautiful flower arrangement.
Monday, May 15 | 7:00 - 9:00pm followed by discussion Film: Lillies of the Field: What Happens When the Creative Process is Finished?
"Lillies of the Field" (Ralph Nelson, dir; 1963; USA 1hr 34mins) - Homer Smith, an itinerant laborer, encounters a group of East German nuns who believe he has been sent to them by God to build them a new chapel. With Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala and Lisa Mann.
Saturday, May 20 | Shabbat Program: Healing Shabbat with Rabbi Yael Saidoff
Implied in every act of worship is a desire for wholeness of body, mind and spirit. In this service of healing, we focus on our own frailty and brokenness - and offer it to God. We also bring blessings for healing for others and for the world.
Wednesday, May 24 | 7:00 - 9:00pm Journey with the Artist #7: Revital Somekh-Goldreich
We will study Biblical texts and commentaries (in word and image) throughout the ages. Each of us will create our own art-midrash as it relates to the text and to our lives. This month we will explore disenchantment and re-enchantment.
CREATION & RE-CREATION
Sunday, June 11 | 10:30am - 12:00pm Valley Hive Beekeepers visit STS
Valley Hive brings their glass observation hive to STS. Not only will you see creation in action, you will learn how many millions of flowers bees need to visit to produce a single pound of honey, and there will be fresh honey to taste!
Friday, June 16 | Shabbat Under the Stars - Creation Experience Celebration! | 6:00pm - bring your own dairy dinner | 7:00pm - Participatory, Creative and Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Wednesday, June 28 | 7:00 - 9:00pm Journey with the Artist #8: Revital Somekh-Goldreich
We will study Biblical texts and commentaries (in word and image) throughout the ages. Each of us will create our own art-midrash as it relates to the text and to our lives. This month we will explore chaos and organizing principles.