You Don’t Have to be Jewish…to get a lot of spiritual nourishment from Rabbi Lerner’s High Holiday Services in Berkeley, Ca.

You Don’t Have to Be Jewish to get a lot out of my High Holiday services–people come from all over the world to experience a spiritually rich and nurturing transformative experience in Berkeley, California.

Beyt Tikkun High Holy Days

September 4, 2013 – September 14, 2013
The ten days of Return to our Highest Selves
Rosh Hashanah Eve Sunday Sept 4
First day Rosh Hashanah Monday Sept 5
Second day Rosh Hashanah Tuesday Sept 6
Kol Nidrey Eve Sept. 13
Yom Kippur All day Sept 14

All services held at Pacific School of Religion 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley except 1st night of Rosh Hashanah at Zaytuna College across the street from Pacific School of Religion and 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah at 951 Cragmont Ave, Berkeley
Child care available on 1st day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur if you call us in advance to reserve a place for your children. Children’s services on 1st day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 11 a.m.
Come and join the Beyt Tikkun Community for a spiritually deep High Holy Days experience. Services will be under the leadership of Rabbi Michael Lerner.

Rabbis Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman will be co-leading on Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur.


Rabbi Michael Lerner is a founder and editor of Tikkun Magazine, chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in Berkeley and author of eleven books, including: Jewish Renewal, The Politics of Meaning, Jews and Blacks (with Cornel West), The Left Hand of God: Taking back our Country from the Religous Right, and Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy for Middle East Peace.


Rabbi Arthur Waskow is the author of Seasons of Our Joy (a new version of which will be published this summer by the Jewish Publication Society), Godwrestling, and many other books of Jewish spiritual wisdom, as well as the founder of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia and a tireless activist for environmental sanity and social justice.


Rabbi Phyllis Berman founded (in 1979) and continues to direct the Riverside Language Program for adult immigrants in NYC; she directed the summer program at Elat Chayyim for 12 years; she co-authored, most recently, Freedom Journeys with her husband, Arthur Waskow.



Josh Healey, a community organizxer, poet and former director of Youth Speaks in San Francisco received the Mario Savio Young Activist Award in October 2011, delivering his acceptance speech and poem in front of 10,000 people at Occupy Casl. His blogs are available through Tikkun Daily at


Music for these services will be provided by Achi Ben Shalom and his Beyt Tikkun band.


Our services are like our shul, traditional in most of the format and melodies, with lots of Hebrew prayer, singing, and dancing, with many innovative English translations and commentaries, with time for inner work so that the whole thing doesn’t feel like a performance or a stage show. Our emphasis is on being spiritually alive and experiencing the transformative power of these special days.

Our High Holy services are also a celebration of life–with music, dancing, and potlucks for delicious food and schmoozing. We invite you to come and bring your family and your friends. Many people who are not Jewish come to our services and are made to feel welcomed there.

Children: Children under 16 are admitted at no cost. Free childcare will be available during the day-time services. There will be special services for children on the first day of Rosh HaShanah and on Yom Kippur.

Location of Services: All services held at Pacific School of Religion 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley except 1st night of Rosh Hashanah at Zaytuna College across the street from Pacific School of Religion and 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah at 951 Cragmont Ave, Berkeley Click here for directions and more information.

Prices: Ticket prices are on a sliding scale based on income. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To view the price schedule, to register online, and for information on how to apply for a discount click here.

How to Register
Members receive free tickets to all services. Membership for one year is 1% of your annual income but not less than $300 for a single person household or $400 for a two or more person household. A special $75 membership is also available to adults under age 30. To join or renew your Beyt Tikkun Membership on-line, go to

Sliding fee scale (costs go up 20% after August 29).
Income: Under $50,000/yr Cost is: $100 for all services, or $52 per service
Between $50,000-$90,000/yr Cost is $140 for all services or $72 per service.
Over $90,000/yr — $240 all services $128 per service
If you want to purchase tickets starting in July via our secure server without joining:
By Mail: You can also register by printing out the form and mailing it to us. You can click here for a copy of the registration form. Please note: You can use the same form to become a member of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue. High Holy Day services are free for members.
By Phone: If you have any questions or you wish to register by telephone, please call us at (510) 528-6250 and leave a message with your name and phone number and good times to call you. We will call you back promptly and complete your reservation by phone.

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