Rekindling Shabbat

How does one “set the table for people who set tables”? JVG alum Alison Laichter designed and facilitated Rekindle, a conference about innovative Shabbat, through a collaborative partnership between the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the Leichtag Foundation.

“In order to construct Rekindle, we deconstructed Shabbat into key elements that were woven into all aspects of the gathering: Tablemaking (food, physical table, conversation), Prayer/Spirituality (ritual, meditation, connecting), Rest (unplugging, be-ing, play) and Radical Amazement (inspiration and wow-ness taken from the teachings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel).

For three days on a farm by the sea, participants attended peer-led sessions ranging from cocktail and pickle making to “Creating Awesome Shabbat Experiences for ‘Bad Jews’” to a spices of Jerusalem workshop to late night talks about radical hospitality and text study exploring sex and the Sabbath.”


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