DISCOVERING MEANING IN THE HIGH HOLIDAYS
AND ALTERNATIVE HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES
“Rosh Hashanah is about relationships. Whether between individuals and the God in whom they believe, communities and the traditions which define them, or simply between individuals, whether any God or tradition is part of their lives, it’s all about sustaining relationships which sustain us and help us do the same for others.” Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of CLAL, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are meaningful, complicated, humbling, awe-inspiring holidays. Come to one or more of our classes specifically designed to further your understanding of these days or to help you celebrate in alternative ways.
Preparing for the High Holidays: How to Prepare Personally and Inter-Personally for Rosh Hashanah
Shabbat, September 8 / After Kiddush, about 12:30 pm
Rabbi Carl Perkins
Rosh Hashanah requires us to examine ourselves personally and in interpersonal relationships. While this task can be difficult, it can also be very rewarding. Join Rabbi Perkins at this Shabbat workshop to review and reflect upon the challenges of self-inquiry (heshbon ha-nefesh), which is at the heart of our observance of Rosh Hashanah.
Understanding and Appreciating Yom Kippur
Sunday, September 16 / From 10 to 11:30 am
Rabbi Carl Perkins
Do the Yom Kippur services seem as though they drag on for hours and hours? Do you wish you knew how to make sense of all of these prayers? If you wish to understand more about the Yom Kippur services, this workshop is for you! Rabbi Perkins will guide us through the flow of the day’s services and help us better to understand and appreciate their essence, and the goals they are intended to accomplish. Come to this class and gain a fuller appreciation of the beautiful Yom Kippur liturgy.
High Holiday Alternative Service and Study: The Akedah (the Binding of Isaac) and the High Holidays
First Day of Rosh Hashanah / From 9 to 10 am; and Yom Kippur, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
David Bernat, Ph.D.
The dramatic near-sacrifice of Isaac, referred to as the Akedah (the “Binding”) and depicted in Genesis chapter 22, serves as a thematic center of gravity for the High Holiday services and the Days of Awe. In these two sessions, participants will thoroughly examine the Torah’s Akedah narrative, along with some key interpretive texts, in an exploration of topics such as the symbolism of the Shofar, Jewish traditions and debates concerning sin, atonement, and forgiveness. The sessions are designed so that participants can derive value from going to only one or to both of the classes.
Rosh Hashanah Meditation
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah / From 8:15 to 9 am
Naomi Litrownik, LICSW
For those seeking a different way of connecting spiritually on the High Holidays, this Meditation Service is for you! This service will conclude in time for participants to join the congregation during the Torah service in reserved seats. The service is similar to that of the synagogue’s monthly Shabbat meditation service. No prior experience is necessary!
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