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Outdoor Judaism with Hachutzah!

What do Tashlich, Sukkot, Tu B’Shvat, and Lag B’Omer have in common? They are frequently overlooked Jewish observances, but this year we are going to celebrate them by taking them outside to reconnect them with their roots in nature. 

Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller has put together a cycle of outdoor Jewish experiences under the name Hachutzah, which means heading out. “Each gathering will incorporate the chance to enjoy the season, use our senses, engage our surroundings and encounter Jewish texts and traditions,” explains Rabbi Julie. She reminds us that the Jewish calendar incorporates both the annual procession of the seasons and the monthly cycles of the moon. “Our holidays developed in the reality of the lives of our ancestors, who actually harvested produce on harvest holidays.”  

Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller and Julia Plevin
Saturday, Feb. 11, 5–7:30 pm
Meet at Stanyan and 17th Streets, San Francisco

The trailhead starts with a wooden staircase about two houses above the intersection. If you drive, please allow enough time to park.

Wear waterproof shoes and bring flashlights. The hike will be moderate and slow-paced, but parts of the trail are steep. Snacks and everything needed for a magical evening will be provided. RSVP: Online or Natalie Weizman 415.346.1720 x27, or

Saturday, April 8
9:30 am: Carpools leave from CSI for Albany—RSVP to get a ride
10:30 am–1 pm: Shabbat at the Albany Bulb 

Celebrate spring in a beautiful spot with a fabulous view of the city. We’ll sing, read Torah and enjoy a gorgeous walk for people of all ages and abilities. CSI provides main dishes for lunch. Please bring side dishes and salads to share, picnic blankets and waterproof shoes.

See Google Maps for directions to the Albany Bulb. RSVP: Online. Contact Nia Taylor, 415.346.1720, x17, or, if you can drive or need a ride. 

Saturday, May 13, 7:30 pm 
Location TBA

Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day between Passover and Shavuot. Traditionally we count the days between the two holidays, known as the Omer, in anticipation of a good harvest and receiving the Torah at Sinai. We will sing, tell stories and connect with Jewish history and mysticism over a bonfire. 

Bring warm layers, portable chairs or picnic blankets, and sticks for roasting marshmallows. RSVP: Online or Natalie Weizman 415-346-1720, x27, or

Thu, May 24 2018 10 Sivan 5778