Start with Jewish Comfort Foods
There is a Jewish saying, "Worries go down better with soup." Never underestimate the power of food to put everyone in a good conversational mood.
Here is the blessing over bread and food:
Baruch atah A-donai, Elo-heinu Melech Ha’Olam Hamotzi lechem min haaretz.
Blessed are You, Adonai our G-d, Ruler of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.
Other kinds of Food
Baruch atah A-donai, Elo-heinu Melech Ha’Olam borei minei mezonot.
Blessed are you Adonai our G-d, Ruler of the Universe, Who creates various kinds of sustenance
Start with a Jewish story
Blessing for Communal Leadership
Baruch atah A-donai, Elo-heinu Melech Ha’Olam asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu la'asok b'tzorchai tzibur
Praised are You, Adonai our G-d, Ruler of the universe, who sanctifies us through mitzvot and has commanded us to engage in the needs of the community.
Prayer for the Levites
By Trisha Arlin
You shall place the Levites in attendance upon Aaron and his sons, and designate them as an elevation offering to the Lord. Thus you shall set the Levites apart from the Israelites, and the Levites shall be Mine. (Numbers 8:13-15)
Blessed be Yah Breathing Us In and Breathing Us Out
Help me with my obligations as a Levite for my congregation:
May I serve my community to the best of my ability with hard work and creative problem solving.
May I remember the larger goals when I am bogged down in the small details.
May I learn to set limits without being angry when those borders are crossed, as they will be.
May I never forget that that everyone means well.
May I represent my community to the wider Jewish kahal well and appropriately.
May I always remember to work with my community with diligence so together we may serve and repair our world.
Blessed be Yah, Breathing Us In and Breathing Us Out
Help my congregation with their obligations to their Levites:
May my community serve me to the best of their ability with fair wages and benefits.
May my community understand that I am a professional and not a volunteer.
May my community remember that I do not work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
May my community remember that I love what I do and who I do it for.
May my community always remember to employ me with respect so that together we may serve and repair our world.
Bless be Yah, Breathing Us In and Breathing Us Out.
And bless the community, the work and the workers, that we are one in the One-ness.