New Year’s Greetings for 5775 from Nishmat Shalom,
the East Bay’s Feminist Minyan. During
these High Holy Days, we want to acknowledge that your participation is
what sustains our
community. We look forward to having you to join us in prayer, study,
service ... and in the shmoozing, planning and shlepping it takes to
make it all happen.
Please consider making a financial contribution. Our volunteer-led
organization has a modest
budget, and we rely on your donations to cover expenses for childcare,
mailings and publicity,
information technology, and occasional special projects.
now in our 23rd year, is one
of only three chavurot in the United States
committed to using
gender-balanced Hebrew. We celebrate Shabbat with monthly
morning services in members’ homes. Afterwards, we share a
potluck lunch, often followed by a
study session or discussion. Our services feature both feminine and
masculine Hebrew, lots of
singing, and the opportunity for individuals to find their own
connections to Torah. We provide
professional childcare at many of our events so families with children
can participate fully.
Every year, we celebrate milestones, sponsor holiday events, teach and
learn together, connect
with the larger Jewish community, engage in tzedakah, and support each
other through good
times and challenges.
During this coming year, we especially look forward to enriching our
services with new liturgy,
welcoming new and returning teachers for Shabbat afternoons, and
continuing to provide a
community where prayer in any gender is welcome.
We encourage everyone to participate, whether you join us often or once
in a while. Please visit
www.nishmat.org for a current calendar. If you are not already on our
email list, we encourage
you to join to receive updates. Please email your name, email address
and street address to
We also hope you will send a
donation —whether you come regularly, occasionally or
to support the East Bay's feminist minyan. Every gift matters. Please
contribute $18 -- or more,
as your means allow -- and mail your check in an envelope to Nishmat
Grant Street, Berkeley, CA 94703. If you have not donated in over a
year, please consider an
extra gift. Donations to Nishmat Shalom are tax deductible to the
extent provided by law as
described in IRS Publication 1828, based on our status as a small
We look forward to seeing you soon at a Nishmat Shalom
event and appreciate your support.
Shanah Tovah. May you and your loved ones have a happy, healthy and
peaceful New Year!
Alex, Alice, Carol, Claire, Debbie, Ed, Emily, Ethel, Hanna, Judy, Lea,
Max, Schmuel, Raja
--On behalf of Nishmat