Sovev is the transcendent aspect of the Divine, that which surrounds everything, that which we’re always swimming in, existing in. This shabbat could be an attempt to mimic that and access that. By davening in a circle, we are creating a space and a service to tap into the transcendent nature of the divine, to transcend ourselves, the prayer we could do on our own, the prayer that we could do with just words, or the normal nusach. Shabbat Sovev is a chance, sitting and singing in the round, to access God’s transcendent qualities.

ממלא כל עולמין
וסובב כל עולמין
ומבלעדך אין שום
מציאות כלל
(רעיא מהימנא, זוהר)

God, You are The One who fills all worlds (You are immanent in space and time)
and The One who surrounds all worlds (You are transcendent in space and time)
and The One who, without You, there would not be even reality at all

Shabbat Sovev was created at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, by Rabbis Rebecca Schatz, Adam Kligfeld, and Cantor Hillary Chorny, as a response to innovate Kabbalat Shabbat. We use melodies from artists such as: Joey Weisenberg, Nava Tehila, Raz Hartman, Moshav Band, Yonina, B’nai Jeshurun in New York, Shlomo Carlebach and many others.

PSC is trying something new! Once a month, we will have a special Shabbat service that’s perfect for families and people of all ages. Services will begin at 6:00 pm with dinner beginning with blessings close to 6:45 pm. We hope you and your family will join us for Shabbat Sovev to engage the youngest to the oldest members of our community in song, prayer and uplifting Shabbat experience. We encourage shakers, toys, laughter, noise, PJs if desired, and of course schmoozing and community. Please make sure to RSVP for the dinner so we know how many to expect. We hope you invite your friends to join our community once a month for this new Shabbat fun!

Join us in intentional melody and setting for infusing Shabbat with light, love and song!