The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

Prayground Minyan

Come welcome the Sabbath bride with spirited Chasidic egalitarian davening with lots of dancing and singing, and stay for a vegetarian potluck and great company. Join Prayground Minyan on the last Friday of the month for a rousing Kabbalat Shabbat. We usually meet in the Northampton Friends Meeting, 43 Center St. Suite 202 (enter around left of building). Please check location since it sometimes changes. For Chanukah we will be having just a dinner instead of a service -- please call for details. Contact Rabbi David Seidenberg, 510-219-5834,, for more information or to get on our mailing list.

Here's an example of what we do:

Rosh Hashanah 2012: Join Prayground for potlucks Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, and spirited prayers, shofar service, and meditation, storytelling and movement on Tuesday morning. In the beautiful and uplifting Northampton Friends Meeting worship space (43 Center St. #202, N'ham), one of the best places for ecstatic prayer in the Pioneer Valley. Childcare available--please RSVP with your child's name and age. Rosh Hashanah seder with special foods will be provided Monday eve. Tuesday Shofar service 11:40-12:20PM!!! Last year was amazing--this year will be even better!

We'll have David Arfa telling stories for adults and children again, Deliah Rossel leading movement meditation, and more guest leaders will be announced. Prayers will be led by Rabbi David Seidenberg, creator of and the first Hasidic Egalitarian minyan in NYC. This is Prayground's third year--join us the last Friday of every month for Kabbalat Shabbat.


Monday 6PM -- brief service followed by potluck at 6:30 including Rosh Hashanah "seder"

Tuesday 9:30AM Prayer warmups with Rabbi David, "L'Chaim QiGong (tm)" with Dr. Deliah Rossel
10:15-11:15 Shacharit prayers and songs
11-11:40 Torah service
11:40-12:20PM Shofar service!!! including storytelling with David Arfa
12:20-12:40 Movement meditation intro to prayers with Dr. Deliah Rossel
12:40-1:30 Musaf prayers and songs
1:30-2:30 potluck lunch

After lunch people can join for Tashlikh by the Teahouse in the woods by Smith College. Changes to the schedule will be announced over email. If you have something to contribute to the service (Torah reading, poetry, etc.) please call! Donations welcomed!


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