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Artist-in-Residence Weekend with Eliana Light

Renewing the Prayer Experience

Thursday–Sunday, November 14–17

What is the purpose of prayer today?
Is it possible for a modern rational person to have a relationship with the Divine?
How do we balance a received tradition with our innate need for individual meaning?

7:15 PM Singing as a Spiritual Practice
Gather together to experience the power of our collective voices as we prepare for prayer.
This experience will include our traditional Ma’ariv service at 8:00 PM.

5:45 PM Wine & Cheese Reception
6:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv, led by Eliana
7:30 PM Shabbat Dinner with joyous singing of Zemirot (Shabbat melodies)
Click here to register for the Shabbat dinner. Early-bird Shabbat dinner reservations are due by Monday, November 11.
After Monday, November 11, the prices increase.
Epic Teen Shabbat Dinner for middle and high school students will run parallel to this dinner. Click here for details and to register.

9:00 AM Shabbat Morning Services, led by Eliana
10:30 AM Eliana participates in EPIC Shabbat
12:30 PM Lunch & Learn with Eliana, “Oh my G!D?!—Prayer in Everyday Life”
What does it mean to pray in modern times? Is prayer innately human? And if it is, then what role does the Jewish liturgy serve? Where is G!D in all of this?
5:00 PM Seudah Shlishit (light dinner), Havdalah, and Melave Malkah
Say farewell to Shabbat with a light dinner and spiritual song led by Eliana. After Shabbat, the music continues with a Melave Malka.

9:00 AM–12:00 PM Eliana participates in Talmud Torah special programs

ELIANA LIGHT Raised in Memphis, TN on soul music and synagogue life, Eliana’s passion for Jewish life and learning shines through all her work. Eliana’s goal is to help individuals discover themselves within the depth and richness of Jewish life, and to take ownership of their Judaism. She has released two albums of original Jewish music. She is the author of Hebrew in Harmony, a curriculum published by Behrman House that teaches prayer and Hebrew through music. In 2017, Eliana founded the G!D Project, an educational initiative focused on accessible, meaningful conversations about G!D and spirituality through ritual, text, and creativity. Eliana graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary with a Masters in Experiential Jewish Education in 2016 and is based in Durham, NC.

This program is made possible through the generosity of the Dollye and I. Wolford Berman Educational Initiative Grant.