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“First Friday—Live” Celebrates Shabbat with Music, Food, and Community


By Carole J Stone

We warmly invite you to join us for our once-a-month “First Friday—Live” Kabbalat Shabbat Service. This format for Shabbat celebrations is now in its third year.

This will be the final celebration of the season. You won’t want to miss it as we prepare for Passover later in the month.

We welcome all to this lively, brief musical Shabbat service. We honor the traditions of Judaism by using familiar prayers and contemporary poetry, songs old and new, stories, and other readings. We use a Reconstructionist prayer book. You are invited to join in the singing and share in the readings.

We begin our Shabbat gathering at 5:45pm. The service itself begins at 6pm and concludes by 7pm. After the service, there is a kiddush and then a vegetarian potluck dinner. Please contribute a vegetarian or vegan dish to share.

The musical part of the service is led by Jordan Saturen, who plays several instruments and leads the singing of prayers and familiar songs with an open heart and a strong voice. He invites everyone to join in. Saturen is from Ashland, Oregon, where he is an active member of a congregation that enjoys singing. He is a part of their chorus and of several choruses in San Miguel de Allende. Saturen is bilingual and is married to a native Sanmiguelense. They have two sons and a large extended Mexican family.

The spoken part of the service is led by Judith Jenya, a lifelong explorer of Jewish paths and former director of a large synagogue. Jenya writes and gives a short, thoughtful talk that is a commentary on the week’s Torah portion. She has become well-known in San Miguel as a poet, painter, and motivational speaker and has been acknowledged for her social justice work around the world.

In 2002, Jenya was honored as the International Humanist of the Year in Europe. She incorporates the principle of Tikkun Olam into her life and into the themes of our services. This week’s “d’rash” focuses on the meaning of Passover.

We invite your heartfelt participation. We are building a community and a spiritual home for nontraditional Jews and those who may not have participated in other Jewish observances in San Miguel.

“First Friday—Live” happens each first Friday of the month at the JC3 (the Jewish Community and Cultural Center), Las Moras 47, at the corner of Cinco de Mayo, in colonia Guadiana.

All are welcome!


Jewish Community

First Friday—Live!

Fri, Apr 5, 5:30–7pm

Jewish Community and Cultural Center

Las Moras 47, col Guadiana

All are welcome!


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