Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi) is one of a new breed of cutting-edge, artist-rabbis whose joyful music and teachings address the deepest longings of the 21st century. He holds a PhD from JTS and ordination from HUC-JIR. A long time martial arts instructor, Hahn also teaches a Jewish form of Tai Chi. His two widely loved CDs are available at Limmud. Hahn tours the country offering concerts, workshops and Shabbatonim to communities of all stripes.
Liberal Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv (Evening) Service
An Energetic, yet Meditative Musical Service
Come join us in a joyful celebration of Shabbat. Based in music, meditation, and teachings, this service will be accessible to all. Note: There will be mixed gender seating and instruments will be used.
Olam Ha-Ba Now!
Meditation as Access to the World to Come
Sacred Text & Thought,
Do Jews believe in an afterlife?? And what does that mean?
This class will largely be a text study on the idea of Olam Ha-Ba, the "world to come." We will delve into various ways in which the Jewish tradition has treated this concept, both historically and in the journey of the individual. After some unexpected twists and turns, we will learn easy, concrete meditation techniques inspired by the texts.
"Love Thy Neighbor" Jewish Tai Chi
It is a k'lal gadol (a great principle) of the Torah: to love our neighbors as ourselves. But is it always so easy, given the stress and traffic of day-to-day life? Utilizing gentle, easy movements and breathing exercises, we will learn concrete, repeatable tools to practice maintaining big love—especially while walking down crowded streets or driving on busy freeways. The session includes a brief text study in accord with the theme, and is done standing or sitting on chairs. This session is not suitable for children.
Jewish Kirtan Concert
Rocking Call-and-Response Chant with Kirtan Rabbi!
Arts & Performance,
Bring your voices, open hearts, and dancing socks to a unique concert experience where YOU are the co-performers! Hebrew Kirtan—inspired by a form of devotional prayer developed in India—is continual call-and-response, participatory chant where short, sacred phrases from the Jewish tradition are treated as powerful, universal meditations. It is at once contemplative, ecstatic, and simply fun. There is no need to know Hebrew to enjoy this activity fully.