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The Jewish Way of Death, Dying, and Healing:  A One Day Workshop

 May 31, 2015 – 9:30-3:30 PM

$70 until May 23, $85 after May 23

Tuition includes lunch

Location to be announced

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The Omer was an ancient Hebrew measure of grain. Biblical law (Leviticus 23:9-11) forbade any use of the new barley crop until an omer was brought as an offering to the Temple in Jerusalem. “And from the day on which you bring the offering . . . you shall count off seven weeks. They must be complete.” This commandment led to the traditional practice of S’firat HaOmer, or “Counting the Omer.”

The seven weeks of counting the Omer spans the 49 days between the second day of Passover and the beginning of Shavuot. Thus, S’firat HaOmer links the Exodus from Egypt with the giving of the Torah at Sinai. Jewish mystics expanded upon this historical bond, seeing the period as joining the Jewish people’s physical (Pesach) and spiritual (Shavuot) redemption.  Yesteryear was Chai, the 18th day of the Omer.Click here for daily Omer meditations.
(Save the date for our Annual Shavuot Celebration: MAY 23 at 7 PM. 
The evening will feature special teachings and the customary blintzes! 
At St. Bedes’s.)






Welcome to HaMakom

HaMakom Means “The Place”

It is one of God’s names.

We are a community of lovingkindness guided by Jewish principles. We are not exactly a synagogue nor a chavurah. We are a community that wants to draw near to God through prayer, i.e. developing a relationship to the numinous; learning that helps us to discern between ego and God; and tikkun olam, the way to turn compassion into action.

Our services are a renewal of traditional practices that weave prayer, learning, singing, and conversation to create religious experience.

HaMakom is welcoming to all.  We welcome you to attend our Shabbat services, holiday celebrations, lectures, and other activities. Consider a membership in our spirited community.


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