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SHEMA: An Embodied Rosh Hashana Dance Journey

Event at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tickets are $40 Early Bird until August 31st / $60 General Admission

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Join us for Join us for SHEMA (Somatic - Holistic- Embodied- Musical- Activation) an emdodied Rosh Hashana Dance Journey. We will experience prayer through chant, yoga, breathwork, dance and meditation. We will be guided on this journey by ritualists and prayer leaders Aleksandra Shira Dubov, Mikey Pauker and a team of live musicians. Take the experience of Ecstatic Dance + Yoga + Personal Prayer + Group Singing + Embodied Ritual + Sound Healing to create a holistic prayer experience.

We will be weaving liturgy from traditional, progressive (Earth Based) Jewish wisdom and borrowing spiritual technology from yogic eastern faiths. This is a post-denominational experience and an all-inclusive spiritual space. All faiths and people are welcome to join!


10am- Welcoming + Invocation + Intention Sharing

10:30am- Morning Breathwork and Chant

11:30am- Embodied Prayer/ Torah Service (Ecstatic Dance + Body Movement + Communal Song)

1:15pm- Closing Meditations + Sound Healing

1:30pm- Gratitides and Departure

2:15pm- Festive Potluck Meal + Taslich ( Berkeley Aquatic Park)

Mikey Pauker Bio:

Mikey Pauker (pronounced pow-ker) is a folk/world artist from Berkeley, California. His new album, ASCENSION, is an invitation to listen to the call of our inner wilderness and to greet our darkness with understanding and an open heart. It was recorded in raw, live instrumental sessions — a departure from Mikey’s more electronic past recordings — under the guidance of Grammy-nominated producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Trevor Hall, Matisyahu). With songs like “Say Yes” and “I AM”, listeners are elevated with catchy melodic hooks and reggae/rock beats. The “RISE Vulnerable Rally” music video swept the world touching the hearts of over 1 million viewers this past year.

Growing up in Orange County, Mikey’s early experiences at underground shows exposed him to the intense, primal energy of live music, as well as the strong community bonds that form in an authentic and close-knit scene. Inspired by teachers who blend yoga and mystical practices he went to study in Jerusalem, soaking up the hidden teachings of his ancestral lineage. These spiritual dimensions guided his artistic development as he explored ecstatic music festivals and mystical religious traditions. His music implores us all to look within, sit with our darkness, and transform it into light. Mikey’s sound blends elements of folk, reggae, and hip-hop, incorporating English and Hebrew roots into his devotional songwriting. Mikey’s music draws from influences such as early Bob Marley, Van Morrison, and The Police, and listeners will immediately identify his style to the likes of Michael Franti, Trevor Hall and artists such as Mike Love and Stick Figure.

Mikey has supported Rebelution, Stephen Marley, Matisyahu, Toots & The Maytals, Trombone Shorty, Trevor Hall, Dovavon Frankenreiter, The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo, Satsang, Mike Love, and Stop Light Observations. Notable performance highlights include Reggae On The Rocks, Suwanne Hullaween, Electric Forest, Beloved, Bhakti Fest, Enchanted Forest, and Chant 4 Change on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Mikey has been featured in TIME magazine as one of the 10 Stars of The New Jewish Music. He is also the music director of the center of earth-based judaism: Wilderness Torah.

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