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Informal Shabbat Service at Big Basin

Social Psychologists Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner have recently quantified what many of us understood instinctively, that being in a beautiful place increases our feelings of awe and wonder and that these experiences make us better people.  They took people either to a grove of Tasmanian blue gum eucalyptus trees over 200 feet tall or to look at the facade of an unremarkable science building, and found that spending even a short time in the grove of trees made people more generous, more cooperative, and more willing to make a personal sacrifice for others.
 
We're taking our Shabbat morning service outside to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, a beautiful local setting, to experience the wonder and beauty of the world around us.
 
Join us for an informal service with guitar at 10:30 am and for the reading of the weekly Torah portion. Rabbi Aron and Rabbi Schwartz will lead services, with musical accompaniment by Henry Stern.
 
Feel free to bring lawn chairs and picnic food and join us for wine, challah, and lunch at the picnic tables. There will be an optional afternoon hike.
 
Please email the synagogue office if you are interested in carpooling to this gathering, and indicate whether you would like to be a driver or a passenger.
 
July 28th, 2018 10:30 AM   through   12:00 PM

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