Shabbat allows us to celebrate, build community and rest from the busy week. Kadima offers a monthly Friday night gathering on the last Friday of the month. It alternates between a singing minyan (Niggun l'Tzedek), and a community inter-generational potluck dinner.
We come together for Kadima Community Shabbatot (Saturdays/Shabbats) morning gatherings at 9 am on the first, third, and fifth Shabbat of the month, September 17-December 3, 2016 and January 7-June 3, 2017. These gatherings offer young-people's programming ages 3-13 (Kadima School) from 9-11:20 am with concurrent adult community. Click here for more information on Kadima School.
Families with young people ages 0-2 are welcome to every Kadima Community Shabbat and have particular programming on some of those Saturdays. Click here for our full calendar.
We welcome you to join us in celebrating and observing the High Holy Days. Come share the spirit and wisdom of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These Holy Days are a time of prayer, music, reflection, and learning. Please join the Kadima community for a spiritually deep High Holy Days experience.
Kadima High Holy Days services are wonderfully participatory. We use the Kadima Machzor which we have developed and refined over the past 20 years. Our liturgy allows members and visitors to embrace Jewish practices in ways that speak to them individually.
Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the forty years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur and is marked by several distinct traditions. One tradition, which takes the commandment to "dwell in booths" literally, is to build a sukkah, a booth or hut. Kadima erects a sukkah in the back yard of Kadima House and hosts a potluck dinner, conversation, and sing-along in the sukkah.
On Simchat Torah, we celebrate the Torah as the yearly reading cycle is finished and promptly begun again. We unroll the Torah scroll and make a giant circle in the room. We parade the Torah around the room seven times, celebrating all the while. The children receive candy and other treats on this sweet occasion.
Chanukah celebrates the miracle of one day's oil burning for eight days, and Chanukah celebrates the first battle fought to achieve religious freedom.
Everyone is welcome to attend Kadima's annual Chanukah party! Grownups fry up latkes by the dozens and serve them as part of a potluck dinner. Everyone brings their Channukiot, which are placed on a single table, and the children light them. After dinner, we dance, sometimes with live music, sometimes with recorded music. We play dreidel games. Some years there are crafting stations where children can create artworks with a Chanukah theme. Suffice to say, everyone has a wonderful time celebrating the miracle of oil and the righteous battle for religious freedom.
Kadima families commemorate Purim and Esther, Queen of Persia, who saved the Jews from destruction. Costumes, please! The Kadima Players, thespians who epitomize the word "amateur," perform a hilarious spiel for the entertainment of their audience. Before the show, children create groggers and other Purim craftworks. Hamantashen are served. The children fill gift baskets and deliver them to our neighbors in need.
Kadima hosts a potluck Passover Seder every year. We welcome all to the table. We read Kadima's own Haggadah, which has been developed and refined over the last ten years. Childcare is available and children move freely between childcare and the Seder table.
Kadima Shavuot celebrations vary every year. We celebrate community learning and torah in a variety of ways that express the various approaches we hold to revelation and learning.