• Beloved​ ​is​ ​a​ ​​home-based experiment​ ​in​ ​Jewish​ ​life.

     

    Through music, ritual, learning, creativity, sharing, and home-made food​​, we are building an open-hearted spiritual community for the 21st century.

     

    וְעַל־פְּתָחֵ֙ינוּ֙ כָּל־מְגָדִ֔ים חֲדָשִׁ֖ים גַּם־יְשָׁנִ֑ים דּוֹדִ֖י צָפַ֥נְתִּי לָֽךְ׃

    At our door is all the best fruits, the freshly picked and the long-stored.

    My beloved, I will give you all that I have saved for you.
    Song of Songs 7:14

  • What happens at Beloved?

    For our local community, Beloved creates warm, creative, accessible Jewish experiences held in our home in Brooklyn. We host Shabbat meals, creative rituals based on the Jewish calendar, meditation circles, learning for families with young children, and lots more.

     

    For leaders, Beloved is a nurturing home base. We offer space, support, and training to clergy, activists, ritual leaders, artists, students, and educators designed to provide nourishment for those who nourish others and support leaders on their spiritual journeys.

    Why Beloved?

    Your stories inspired Beloved.

     

    Stories of parents trying to raise children with a sense of history and community. Leaders struggling to reimagine spiritual community. People asking the deepest questions about their lives yet without a Jewish framework that resonated for them. Activists burning out. Those of us with quiet struggles and no one to talk to.

     

    Despite the incredible diversity of options in Jewish Brooklyn, too many of us struggle to find spiritual roots and a sense of authentic belonging. We hope Beloved responds to these needs.

    What's in a name?

    Beloved’s name hearkens to the Song of Songs (Ani l’dodi v’dodi li; I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine).

     

    The name emphasizes the reality of our interconnectedness, and the authentic and urgent need that many people have to experience belonging, connection, and love.

  • Calendar

  • High Holy Day Schedule

    During the High Holy Day season, Beloved is hosting gatherings, meals, and meditations to support our community’s spiritual lives during this moment for growth and transition in the Jewish calendar. Learn more and sign up below.

    • Beloved Contemplative Shabbat + Days of Awe Meditation Series Launch -- Friday, September 7, 7pm
      Join us for a meditative kabbalat shabbat and dinner as we prepare for the High Holy days. The dinner is the kick-off of a Days of Awe Meditation series hosted by a group of beloveds to share meditation skills, sit together, and deepen our reflection and intention (dates are Sept 11th @ 8pm, 16th @ 8pm, and 23rd @ 8pm). The gatherings are open to people with any level of meditation experience as well as those who are just curious about Jewish meditation practice. Come for just the dinner or join us for the whole series.
    • Beloved Rosh Hashanah Lunch -- Monday, September 10, starting at 1pm
      Bring friends, partners, family-in-town, kids, and something vegetarian to eat. Low-key and simple, we’ll let the afternoon unfold together. Babysitting and kids' activities will be provided.
    • Beloved Guest -- Friday, September 14, 6:30pm
      Our once-a-month Friday night gathering with prayer, learning, and a delicious meal. Please bring something vegetarian and / or wine.
    • Beloved Torah -- Saturday, September 15, 10:30am
      Our once-a-month Saturday morning gathering geared for families and open to all with singing, learning, sharing, and a delicious meal. An artist-in-residence will facilitate creative experiences for the children in our recently renovated art studio on the lower floor, allowing parents and guests some spaciousness. Please bring something vegetarian and / or kid friendly to share.
    • Beloved Yom Kippur Break Fast -- Wednesday, September 19, 7pm
      We’ll end Yom Kippur together with brief prayers and reflections, and some good eating. Please bring something vegetarian to share.

     

    But wait, what is Beloved doing for High Holy Day Services?

     

    If you're looking for more traditional High Holy Day services, Beloveds are attending Lab/Shul in Brooklyn this year as a group. We've decided not to host conventional High Holy Day services this year because our family has been going to Lab/Shul for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur for the past several years and we find them to be profoundly moving experiences. This year, for the first time, Lab/Shul will be in Brooklyn, and we just can’t pass up the opportunity to share their magic with all of you.

    • If you've already been to Lab/Shul, you can just reserve your seats here.

    • If you're new to Lab/Shul, we have arranged for our beloveds to be eligible for their discounted rate for worship. Just click here and you can pay the discounted fee in the dropdown menu.

    • In either case, please put "Beloved" in the box that asks about special needs so we know to expect you.

    • We will make sure to physically reserve a section of seats so we can sit together at Lab/Shul.

    Kids' programming at Lab/Shul is available to make it easier on the parents, as well.

  • Our people

    Beloved was founded in September of 2017 by Rabbi Sara Luria and her husband Isaac. They live at Beloved with their three young children.

    Rabbi Sara Luria

    Co-Founder

    The seed of Beloved was planted for Sara on the bus home from the Women's March in DC when she realized that what we need in the Jewish community may not be more education, more trips, or more worship options, but instead places where we can learn, using the tools of our powerful tradition, to open our hearts to each other, share our grief and our longings, and break bread together. Nothing less will allow us to awaken ourselves to the transformation we are seeking.

     

    Prior to Beloved, Sara's experiences as a community organizer, birth doula, and hospital chaplain inspired her to found ImmerseNYC, a pluralistic, feminist, grassroots-energized community mikveh project. Sara has published poetry and essays on motherhood, Jewish innovation, and healing in various Jewish books and publications. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she was ordained as a rabbi from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2013, and also served as the program director for HUC's Tisch/Star Leadership Fellowship.

    Isaac Luria

    Co-Founder

    Isaac's journey towards starting Beloved with Sara began when he realized he wanted more from life than his career in progressive politics. As a child of an interfaith family, it wasn't always easy to find a spiritual or religious home. In many ways, he's still seeking, though he has put down roots at Beloved.

     

    Professionally, Isaac is a faith-rooted social change organizer, leadership coach, strategist, and writer committed to bringing the transformational power of spirituality and faith to bear on the biggest challenges facing our society. He is currently the Director of Voice, Creativity, and Culture at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in NYC.

     

    On the weekends, you'll find Isaac cooking, playing with his kids, or trying to perfect his jump shot.