Launch Progressive, Soulful Judaism in Queens

$15,158   raised
GOAL: $15,000

74

 Donors

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

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At Malkhut we are launching our first ever High Holy Day season as we create more ways for people in Western Queens (Astoria, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside, Woodside and LIC) to experience alive, relevant Judaism throughout the year.

Malkhut is not trying to be a traditional synagogue. We are a vision-driven, inclusive, start-up community that wants to create something new. We actively reach out to folks who may not have had a connection to Jewish community in a long time (or ever), and we engage in Jewish practices that we believe open hearts and transform lives. We see ourselves as part of a larger national spiritual movement of Jews returning to the essentials – of making connections that are local and meaningful.

 

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In this second year of Malkhut’s existence, we have two priorities:

  • to create soulful, musical, participatory prayer experiences for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year we will be collaborating with Jackson Heights-based Kehilat Tikvah to provide the full schedule of services.
  • to create a monthly multi-generational Shabbat morning (Saturday) community that prays, studies, meditates and eats together while providing age-appropriate educational components for kids.

Why now?

High Holy Days are often a time when folks who may not have thought about their Judaism in a while are seeking a way to reconnect. It is an opportunity to give people a taste of Malkhut.

But High Holy Days aren’t enough! Just as our bodies need regular healthy food and exercise, our hearts and spirits yearn for attention all year long.

This past year, we experimented with monthly Shabbat evenings in a church space in Astoria and Shabbat mornings in apartments in Jackson Heights. Our pilot year was very successful, but those apartments on Saturdays were often filled to capacity.  We charge for some events, and others are free.  But it is not enough to cover the costs if we want to grow this scrappy start-up effort!

Our costs

The funds we raise in this campaign will help us make space for everyone, pay our rabbinical, music, education and childcare staff, and establish roots so we can grow and sustain our community.

To give you a sense of what our costs are like:

  • Our portion of High Holy Days (we are sharing the cost with Kehilat Tikvah) is about 4k.
  • Monthly Shabbat mornings for the year run us about 12k.
  • Monthly Friday night services cost 5k.

 

Our team

leadershpcampaignRabbi Rachel Goldenberg has more than 14 years of experience building community and creating heart-opening, relevant Jewish experiences for all ages. She has dedicated her rabbinate to innovative spiritual practice and the creation of community that is open, joyful and accessible.

By making music and training volunteer singers and musicians to work together, Music Director Kris Wettstein aims to create, in his words, “intimacy with the divine source of love, life and music happening in real time.” He invites all to join and contribute their voices to the collective song of Malkhut.

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

This campaign is currently closed.

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"This sounds like such a wonderful community! I wish we had something like this in central NJ! Mazel tov!"
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"Thank you Rabbi Rachel- look forward to engaging with Malkhut more"
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"I believe in you and what you're doing! Yasher coach..."
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"L'Shana Tova. Malkhut has made a difference in my life and my community. Thank you!"
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2017-08-28
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Debra Greenberg
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Lise Levin & Bruce Bushwick
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"May Sophie's journey with Rachel lead them both to marvelous places."
2017-08-28
Roberts Family (CT)
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"Good luck Rachel. You are doing good in the world."
2017-08-28
Jenna Citron
"Looking forward to a great year"
2017-08-28
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2017-08-28
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Bianca and Emma Gonzalez-Lesser
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Launch Progressive, Soulful Judaism in Queens

$15,158   raised
GOAL: $15,000

74

 Donors

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malkhut: progressive jewish spirituality in queens

Led by Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg, Malkhut is a new effort to build a progressive Jewish spiritual community in Western Queens (LIC, Astoria, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside, Woodside). Our vision is to transform Jewish people, fellow travelers and the world by creating connections to each other, to the One and to our greater community. We practice heart-opening, musical, and contemplative prayer, mindfulness meditation through a Jewish lens, study of Jewish sources, and social justice work. We seek to build an open, inclusive community that welcomes people of all ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, family arrangements, Jewish identities and faith backgrounds.

  • Opening the Eyes
    10 claimed

    Bring to life a vision for an inclusive, progressive Jewish space in Queens. You receive our gratitude and updates on our project.

  • Preparing the Heart
    7 claimed

    Open the way for a new community dedicated to compassion, justice and joy in Queens. You receive an mp3 of a brief guided meditation by Rabbi Goldenberg.

  • Making it in the New Year -for Students and Starving Artists
    6 claimed

    Create a space in Queens for spiritual awakening this New Year. Are you a student or a starving artist? Join us for High Holy Days at this level OR if you're not in town for the holidays, receive 1 free admission to 1 monthly Friday night Shabbat gathering. AND you receive an mp3 of a guided meditation with Rabbi G.

  • Awakening to the New Year - for individuals
    11 claimed

    Create a space in Queens where we can wake up to how we want to live in the New Year! We suggest this level for individuals joining us for High Holy Days, OR if you're not in town for the holidays, receive free admission for 1 adult to 5 monthly Friday night Shabbat gatherings. AND you receive an mp3 of a guided meditation with Rabbi G.

  • Turning towards the New Year- for couples and families
    7 claimed

    Blaze a path we can walk on together as we head towards a New Year with intention. We suggest this contribution level for couples or families who are joining us for High Holy Days, OR if you're not in town for the holidays, receive free admission for 2 adults to 5 monthly Friday night Shabbat gatherings. AND you receive an mp3 of a guided meditation with Rabbi G.

  • Planting our community
    4 claimed

    Plant the seeds for our core Shabbat programs for the year and be a part of our first High Holy Day Season. We suggest this level for an individual "planter." Includes access for 1 adult to live online Jewish meditation session with Rabbi G. AND free admission for 1 adult to 5 monthly Friday night Shabbat gatherings AND you receive an mp3 of a guided meditation with Rabbi G.

  • Cultivating our community
    2 claimed

    Nurture our core Shabbat programs for the year and be a part of our first High Holy Day season. We suggest this level for a couple or family of "cultivators." Includes access for 1 couple or 1 family to live online Jewish meditation session with Rabbi G. AND free admission for 2 adults to 5 monthly Friday night Shabbat gatherings, AND you receive an mp3 of a guided meditation with Rabbi G.

  • Watering the Soul
    2 claimed

    Partner with Makhut in producing our monthly Shabbat gatherings and launching our High Holy Days. Includes all above gifts AND an invitation for a couple or a family to a special small-group Shabbat dinner at Rabbi G.'s home.

  • Opening the Heart
    0 claimed

    Create heart-opening prayer gatherings with us by sponsoring the instrumental music for our monthly Friday night services. Includes all above gifts AND free entrance to all monthly Friday night services.

  • Harvesting the Fruit
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    Become a founder of Malkhut by sponsoring our rabbinical and musical leadership. Includes all above gifts AND an invitation for your family plus guests to a Shabbat meal at Rabbi G.'s home, and public acknowledgment of your sponsorship at High Holy Day services and on the Malkhut website.

  • Feasting
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    Found and sustain this new community by underwriting our rabbinical, musical and educational leadership and expanding our program this year and into the future. Includes above gifts and acknowledgments plus Rabbi G. and her husband Jim will bring Jim's famous homemade bagels (or another dish if you don't eat bagels!) to your house for a special Shabbat brunch and study session just for you and your invited guests.

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