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Matanot Lev Yom Kippur Retreat

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Women on the Move

2111 Dundas St. W

Toronto, ON M6R 1X1

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RELEASE, REFLECT, RETURN, RENEW with MATANOT LEV (Gifts of the Heart)

Yom Kippur is when we return to our true selves with Teshuvah, stop time in holy conversation with Tefillah and transcend self with our Tzedukah. Through our gathering, we renew our relationship with our spirituality, our goodness and each other.

Join MATANOT LEV (Gifts of the Heart) in this unique Holy Day experience, led by Kohenet Annie Matan and featuring the prayers and poetry of liturgist Trisha Arlin. We are non-traditional, post-halakhic, G!d/dess-optional and "Everybody-Friendly" (LGBTQ+, interfaith, all abilities, all backgrounds!)

Our Shabbaton begins Friday night at 7PM with a Kol Nidrei chanting and meditation circle, and continues on Saturday from 10AM - 9PM with a full day of creative, playful, interactive and transformative rituals, prayers and music. This will be a Matanot Lev style Un-Service, weaving key elements of the Yom Kippur liturgy with chanting, mindfulness, self-reflection and community connection.

Attendees can expect: a radically different Yom Kippur experience*.

  • Tune in to the day of At-One-Ment, not affliction.
  • Sit, dance, meditate, chant, hold silence, and pray in a circle.
  • Leave your shoes at the door.
  • Write personal reflections of your year, your foibles, your hurts, your triumphs and share from them in a safe and facilitated listening circle.
  • Connect with traditional and original, creative liturgy in English and Hebrew.
  • Experience the Torah/haftarah (complimentary biblical writings) portions through bibliodrama.
  • Share memories of loved ones who have died in a co-created Yizkor ritual.
  • Lift your voice and ride a wave of song in a chanting session to Neilah (the closing of the gates of this awesome day) and be surprised by which side of the gates you are on when the final shofar blast sounds and more...
  • No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Tentative Schedule:

10-10:30AM - Arriving, Settling In, Beginning Again

10:30AM – 12PM - Shabbat Shabbaton Shacharit (Rest, release morning chanting circle)

12:30 – 2PM - Al Chet, Owning our mistakes, forgiving and asking forgiveness, returning to our best selves (Reflective writing and listening circle)

2:15-3PM - Torah Unservice – Holy of Holies

3:15-4PM - Haftarah Unservice – Isaiah’s Call to Action – pray with our feet

4:306PM - Yizkor Remembering our Ancestors and Healing our Line (co-created ritual)

6:15 – 7:15PM - Neilah – Sing down the walls in G!d/dess’s House before the closing of the gates

7:30 – 8:11PM - Havdalah closing circle – Emerging from the cocoon of the day - what will you leave behind and what will you invite in?

8:15PM - Shofar blast

8:20 - 9PM Break-Fast Pizza dinner

We will break our fast together with regular and gluten-free pizza but if you want something different, please feel free to bring your own food, with perhaps a little extra to share (there is a fridge and mini kitchen on site).

*Matanot Lev is a post-halakhic community. All are encouraged to experiment with new ways of connecting with old ideas. Always choose to participate in ways that feel good to you.

Kohenet Annie Matan is a spiritual leader, artist, and singer. She founded Matanot Lev (Gifts of the Heart) in 2014. Annie is known for co-creating and facilitating rituals that are unique to the participants (of all faiths) and tailored to their language, spiritual beliefs, and family needs. Trained in Jewish wisdom, she loves weaving traditional and contemporary Jewish liturgy and music to infuse these key life moments with intention and soul. Annie is also the Jewish Life Facilitator at the Miles Nadal JCC in Toronto and is proud to be married to her beshert (soulmate), Stuart Matan-Lithwick and Mama to their daughter, Grace Esther.

Key pieces of liturgy are contributed by Trisha Arlin, a liturgist, performer and student of prayer in Brooklyn, NY, and a part-time rabbinic student at the Academy for Jewish Religion. “PLACE YOURSELF”, a collection of new liturgy and kavannot, is to be published by Dimus Parrhesia Press. Trisha's work is published online at triganza.blogspot.com, RitualWell.org and OpenSiddur.org. and in print in “Jews And Pluralism” (Ben Yehuda Press), “The Sacred Table” (CCAR Press) and "A Poet's Siddur" ( Ain't Got No Press).


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