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.
February 2020/Shvat 5780
Friday, February 28, 5:30-8:30pm
Saturday, March 14, 3:30-6:30pm
Friday, March 27, 5:30-8:30pm
Saturday, April 4, 3:30-6:30pm
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.
Saturday, February 29, 5:30-7:00pm
Beloved Book Club - Part 2
Wednesday, March 4, 7:30-9:00pm
Join us for tea and cookies as we continue our discussion of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism (after finally choosing to look there) by Sarah Hurwitz, former speechwriter to Michelle Obama.
Conversation will be led by beloved Sabrina McMillin.
Friday, March 6, 6:30pm
Join us for our monthly Friday night shabbat gathering with prayer leaders Rabbi Sara Luria and Elana Arian. As always, there will be a delicious meal afterwards.
We will also be gathering for Shabbat on April 3rd and May 1st.
Purim Across Brooklyn
Monday, March 9, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Jewish communities from all over Brooklyn gather at Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE) for a mega-festive megillah reading and joyfully-spirited afterparty!
Admission to the megillah reading is free.
Tickets to the party following the megillah reading are $20 each.
Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Cultivating Our Belovedness
Monday, March 16, 7:30-9:00pm
Monday, March 23, 7:30-9:00pm
Monday, March 30, 7:30-9:00pm
How do you go about cultivating a sense of being beloved? What might the practice of developing a stronger spiritual relationship with yourself, the greater world around you and the divine look like? Over the course of multiple sessions, we will encounter Jewish spiritual texts in efforts to explore these questions and more. We will work on ways to apply the teaching to our day to day lives and hopefully come to embody them in lived experience. Wine and dessert will be served.
This three-part series will be led by Rabbi Ayal Robkin.
It is recommended to attend all 3 classes in the series.
Equinox Havdalah with Romemu Brooklyn
Saturday, March 21, 6:00-9:30pm
Join us for a potluck meal, Torah study with Rabbi Micah Shapiro, Kirtan with Hazzan Basya Schechter & Friends, and Havdalah service with Rabbi Sara Luria, Cantor Ayelet Porzecanski & other special guests!
Wine will be served.
Holy Bodies with At The Well
March 26, 7:00-9:00pm
Join us as we Introduce At The Well's new book Holy Bodies. Together we will experience how ancient texts and rituals can help us strengthen the connections between our bodies, minds, and hearts.
This event will include a group text study, a juicy discussion, and an embodied ritual practice. Please join us for an innovative and powerful spiritual learning experience. Awaken your relationship with the holiness of the physical body. Bring your body, a thirst for learning, and an open heart. No experience is necessary.
Every Sunday, 7:30-9:00pm
We gather at 7:30pm and start our sit at 7:45pm - 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 email@example.com if you want us to add your name.
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!