Friday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM

Children's Shabbat Dinner

Friday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Bristol III

Come meet other families while your children, who won't be up for the Shabbat Dinner, eat a delightful meal together. Singing and Shabbat joy are an added bonus. Note that this dinner is ONLY for children, and ONLY for those not eating at the Shabbat Dinner at 7:00 PM.

Friday Night Services: Liberal Egalitarian

Cherie Koller-Fox

Friday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Emerald Bay II, III

Join us for a moving and uplifting song-filled prayer session. Celebrate Shabbat with guitar, drums and other instruments and welcome the Shabbat bride. Songs and prayers will be a combination of Hebrew and English. This service will have mixed gender seating.

Friday Night Services: Mechitza Minyan

Friday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Newport Beach I, II

Join us for a traditional Kabbalat Shabbat service (traditional liturgy in Hebrew) with spiritual soulful tunes. Men will lead the services; everyone will pray together in a traditional and spiritual environment. This service will have separate gender seating with a mechitza/divider.

Friday Night Services: Traditional Egalitarian

Friday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Balboa Bay I, II

Sing and drum your way into Shabbat! Join us in a soulful, song-full prayer session. This traditional egalitarian service includes the songs and prayers of the Hebrew liturgy. This service will have mixed gender seating. Drums will be used but stringed instruments will not be used.

Om Shalom Yoga - Shabbat Flow

Zack Lodmer

Friday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Fountain Terrace

Celebrate Shabbat through the moving meditation of a Vinyasa flow yoga class. This prayer in motion, linking movement and breath, gives participants an exalting physical, mental, and spiritual way to deepen their experience. Working traditional versions of Jewish prayers into modern, electronica arrangements created and recorded for this flow, Om Shalom Yoga creates the moving, rhythmic space and a unique spiritual opportunity to share life as G-d the present moment. Thanks to NEI and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for their support in making this session possible at this LimmudLA conference. (NOTE: This session will have recorded music.)

Songs of Praise

Alisa Fineman

Friday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Emerald Bay I

Shabbat is a time we breathe in some "extra soul" and sing a new song! To honor this gift, we “keep Shabbat” via sacred instruction that helps unify our bodies, minds and souls, and benefits our well-being. Shabbat allows us that pause we so deeply need to remember we are creatures -- a part of this wondrous creation -- filling up with the sweet medicine of gratitude to the Source of All Life and renewed appreciation. Come sing songs of praise to awaken your Shabbat essence, your inner nature.

The Naked Truth: Mikvah Design

Jodie Mendelson

Friday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Catalina I

Why is it that Judaism's mikva'ot or ritual baths do not fit any one design template? Paralleling the diversity of Jewish religious, cultural, and linguistic expressions, mikva'ot around the world vary in aesthetic, size, and, yes, even function. This participatory discussion will delve into a sampling of ancient and contemporary examples and discern what their designs reveal locally and globally.