Special womens service coming to Walnut Creek

Lev Eisha: the Heart of a Woman — a Shabbat service for women that features davening, tambourines and singing — is scheduled for April 21 at Congregation B’nai Shalom in Walnut Creek.

Founded in 1999 in Southern California and based in Los Angeles, Lev Eisha is a community of Jewish women who meet for prayer, study, spiritual growth and friendship. The group likes to share its Shabbat service with other congregations, and has visited B’nai Shalom at least twice before.

The service in B’nai Shalom’s social hall will run from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Rabbi Toba August from Los Angeles and cantorial soloist Cindy Paley will lead from the bimah.

“In a regular service I don’t find a spiritual connection. The words, to me, don’t go as deep,” Debbie Juster, a west Los Angeles resident, told the L.A. Jewish Journal after attending an event several years ago. “Here, the music goes deep inside and I feel a comfort and a spirituality that is connected with music.”

There will be a Kiddush luncheon after the service at B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. For more information, contact Shelli Kushins at (925) 735-1061 or [email protected], or visit www.leveisha.org.