On this rainy-snowy January day, July seems pretty far away… but open up your calendar to midsummer and save the date: we’re plannig to hold a Rumi Shabbat service on Saturday morning, July 19.
During that morning service, we’ll pray a liturgy which interweaves the poems of Sufi mystic poet Rumi (who died in the year 1273 C.E.) with our traditional Hebrew liturgy.
This will be CBI’s second Rumi-themed Shabbat service. Our first was held in 2012, to great acclaim; we had a great crowd, and everyone agreed that our familiar prayers took on new life when seen through the lenses of these poignant devotional poems.
Giving credit where it’s due: this was inspired by Rabbi Ed Stafman of Bozeman, MT, who was ordained by ALEPH a few years before me. He led a Rumi service at OHALAH (the annual gathering of Jewish Renewal clergy) a few years ago, and as soon as I attended that service, I knew I wanted to bring this beautiful experience home to CBI.
So save the date and join us this summer for a chance to experience Rumi and Shabbat together again at last!
Blessings to all,