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 2020/Tishrei 5781
Beloved's Reparations Working Group
Sign-up Deadline: December 1
Beloved's Reparations Working Group is hosting a book/journaling circle to individually and collectively work through Layla Saad's, Me and White Supremacy. Saad's powerhouse book, designed for individuals who hold white privilege, invites us to do the difficult and necessary work of truth-telling. Over the next 3 months, we will gather every other week in small groups, in addition to individual journaling, as we examine our own internalized racism and the ways in which we are each complicit in white supremacy. This circle is part of the long-term, not-sexy, crucial work of becoming anti-racist and building a better world that we can do together even when we are apart. To sign up, fill out this google form by Tuesday, December 1 at 5pm. When you sign up, we will send you the book!
Beloved Garden - Chanuakah
Thursday, December 10, 5:30-6:00pm
Join our Beloved families for online story time and candle lighting on December 10 for the first night of Hanukkah. Click here to join our Beloved families' email list to receive more details about these gatherings.
Beloved Mindful Shabbat
Friday, December 11, 5:30-6:00pm (sign up here)
Shabbat was the Jewish people's first mindfulness retreat ;-) Click here to join rabbinic intern Laura Marder for our next Beloved Mindful Shabbat on Friday, December 11, 5:30-6:00pm as she leads us in a deep dive into our Shabbat rituals. We will practice with one ritual at a time starting with candle lighting, unlocking its gifts as we look at its origins, slow down our practice together, and reflect on our experience. Future fall date: December 11.
Join us every Sunday at 8pm for our online meditation gathering. Click here to email me and let me know you'd like to join our dedicated meditation email list (I send 1 email/week with the link to our online practice). We are all always beginners at meditation, all are welcome.
Intro to Judaism with Rabbi Sue Oren
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm or Sundays 7:30-9:30pm
20-Sessions, Beginning October 21
Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults led by Rabbi Sue Oren. Join this 20-session Zoom course on Jewish life, thought and practice
Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice in a warm and open environment. Explore Jewish thought, prayer and practice. Learn about Jewish history and holidays. Wrestle with inherited texts and contemporary issues. Discuss Jewish views of God, ethics, life and death.
The curriculum is designed to give you access to concepts, vocabulary and observances that are central to Judaism. Explore the holy and the historical, inherited texts and contemporary issues, rhythms of the calendar and of our lives in this seminar-style course.
Offered on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00pm or Sundays 7:30-9:30pm (plus a virtual Ahabbat gathering with Union Temple).
Costs: $425 course tuition plus $25 materials fee (early-bird discount available before October 7). For registration; questions, contact Rabbi Sue Oren at email@example.com or 917-53-1334.
This class is co-sponsored by: Beloved Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, B’ShERT: Beth Shalom v’Emeth Reform Temple, Congregation Mount Sinai, East Midwood Jewish Center, Flatbush Jewish Center, Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives, Park Slope Jewish Center, Union Temple, Malkhut: progressive Jewish spirituality in Queens, and The Reform Temple of Forest Hills.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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!