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.
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.
October 2019/Tishrei 5780
Beloved Meditation, every Sunday 7:30-9
Starting back on Sunday, September 8th, we will gather every Sunday for Beloved Meditation, 7:30-9pm
We gather at 7:30pm and start our sit at 7:45 - our practice is to share, learn, and sit together. Open to people with any level of meditation experience. We have a dedicated email list for our meditation circle - email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want us to add your name. No need to RSVP, just show up.
Beloved Guest, Friday, November 1, 6:30pm
Beloved Guest, Friday, November 1, 6:30pm, RSVP here
Join us for our monthly Friday night shabbat gathering with prayer leaders Rabbi Sara Luria and Leora Trub. As always, there will be a delicious meal afterwards. We will also be gathering for Shabbat on Dec 6 and Jan 3.
Beloved Garden, Saturday, November 9, 3:30pm
A new kind of Jewish learning experience designed for parents and children to participate in parallel tracks in a warm, home-based setting. No classrooms, no blackboards, no homework; just a fully engaged intellectual and sensory exploration of the joys of Jewish life.
We believe that children are most enthusiastic about Jewish living when they see their parents excited and curious in their own adult Jewish lives. We also believe that many kids learn best when they get their hands dirty. One Saturday afternoon per month, families will come together for multigenerational learning led by experienced Jewish educators. Kids will plant, cook, garden, create, and engage in service learning as part of age-appropriate lessons about Jewish values and the Jewish calendar, while parents gather separately for nourishing Jewish learning and reflection. At the end of the afternoon we will celebrate havdalah (the ritual at the end of Shabbat) and share a meal as a whole community. We will also welcome Shabbat together one Friday evening per month with song, prayer, learning, and dinner. Our goal is to experience a Jewish life that engages mind, heart, body, and spirit in a lifelong exploration of what it means to be a human being.
"With all your heart:" a mini meditation retreat, Wednesday, November 20, 6:00-9:00pm
Jews are commanded to love the Divine with all our hearts, and to repeat that declaration of love (via the Shema prayer) multiple times a day. What does it actually mean? What might that love look like? What gets in the way? In this mini retreat, with our teacher, Yael Shy, we will practice with this question/commandment to love God/the Mystery/ourselves through guided and silent meditation, exercises, and a discussion.
6-6:30: Dinner (we will make a main dish, please bring a dish to share)
Beloved Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28, 5:00pm
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
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.
You can reach Sara at email@example.com
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.
You can reach Isaac at firstname.lastname@example.org
We'd love to hear from you.
We want to hear what you want from your Jewish community!
We're also happy to help you plan a Jewish life-cycle event (wedding, bris / baby-naming, funeral, etc) and answer your questions about how Judaism can help you live a meaningful life. Beloved can also facilitate workshops for your organization or host events in our space. Let's create together!