Tucson, AZ, December 09, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- In just a few days, early registration for this year's Cactus Kallah 2009 will close - avoid a late fee by registering now. Last year's Cactus Kallah 2008 was a great success. Over 100 people joined in the culmination of Shabbat as part of the 5-day regional renewal gathering.
This year, the theme is Ushavtemayim Besason, Drawing water of Joy - Celebrating the joys of water, especially in the high desert of Tucson. TSC chose this theme to acknowledge that the intention of this gathering is indeed a sacred one: l'shem shamayim, for the sake of heaven and that humans are composed mostly of water and the time in the desert helps one see the importance of water and joy in life. The teachers: Chazzan Micha'el Esformes, Rabbi T'mimah Ickovits, Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Rabbi James Stone Goodman, Ida Unger, M.Ed., Robert Litman, Melinda (Mindy) Ribner, Nina Amir, Dina Afek, Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein, Rabbi Ivan Ickovits, Eli Shirim Lester, Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer, Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, Tammy Lianu, M.A., Heather McLaughlin, Rabbi Carol Caine and Rabbi Shafir Lobb.
Class listings and other details are on www.cactuskallah.org
Who Comes to the Cactus Kallah? This type of regional Kallah gathering will see an incredible range on almost every front: Religious background or current practice from A to Z (assimilated to zealous!); intimacy constellations including singles, couples and families, those with and without children and/or aging parents of all ages; LGBT and straight; occupations too numerous to name but including healers, teachers, artists, authors, information technologists, mothers, judges, students, religious leaders, consultants, accountants, business owners, designers, fundraisers, and mediators. This diversity provides participants with a gathering that is a deeply rich Jewish experience. Each person who comes to the Cactus Kallah comes for different reasons: To be with community; to re-enter into Judaism; to experience Jewish renewal; to learn with a specific teacher; to learn in general; to davven (pray); to combine spirituality and social action; to meet a lifemate/soulmate...the list goes on.
Some comments from last year's participants include: "I loved loved loved the Magical Mystery Shabbat Walk! The blessing idea was my favorite part--so no-pressure and so intimately sweet. I hope to incorporate some of those very same ideas in my own practice. Very special!" Berta Brack
"Two years between Aleph kallahs is a long wait. It was wonderful having a mini-Kallah experience in between. The Cactus Kallah was marvelous!! It had the same flavor as the larger ones - great teachers, lots of ruach, wonderful food, interesting people. It moved smoothly." Miriam Furst
For many of the participants, it was their first taste of a Cactus Kallah or any large renewal-type gathering. In fact, the Cactus Kallah made such an impression on the participants that more than 30% of the participants pre-registered for this year's event.
More info: www.cactuskallah.org or 520-247-4741
Registration can be Online or by mail.