Elul 5781

We look forward to ushering in the new year with you in the month of Elul leading up to the season of renewal. The month of Elul is dedicated to starting the journey of introspection culminating on the High Holidays. We have many opportunities for us to explore this journey in the month of Elul. To join us for any of these events, please see the weekly email (members) or contact our office (guests).

Elul Nishma Service — Saturday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m.

In this special Elul Nishma service, Rabbi Chabon will weave in teaching about how to best prepare ourselves to the new year. Nishma, Hebrew for “we will listen,” is a beautifully-constructed Jewish world music experience. This incredible service, which is a hybrid of Reform and Conservative traditions, was conceptualized and designed by our wonderful Rabbi Chabon. The music is spectacular with guitar accompaniment, the Torah reading is always moving, the teachings Rabbi weaves through the service are enriching, and her sermons always make you think of our world in a slightly different way. This service is truly magical!

Meditation with Gerri Levitas: Softening Our Hearts & Forgiving— Friday, August 20 at 1:00 p.m.

Join this incredible meditation lead by our beloved and talented Gerri Levitas. Gerri is a professional hypnotherapist and is well-versed in guided meditation. Through guided visualization, this workshop will help participants enter, ground, and access deep wisdom within their own hearts.

Shir Joy Shabbat — Friday, Friday 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Join Rabbi Chabon and our musicians in this lively musical Shabbat as we usher in the High Holidays and prepare ourselves in this special Elul service.

Bless Us Anyway: Lessons From A Year Gone Awry—Shabbat Service with Special Guest Speaker Rabbi Rebecca Gutterman— Friday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for this special Shabbat leading up to the High Holidays with a very special guest, our beloved Rabbi Gutterman, where she will share her warmth and wisdom as we prepare to enter the new year.

Slichot & Havdalah — Saturday, August 28 at 8:30 p.m.

Slichot are penitential prayers said before and during the High Holidays and other fast days throughout the year. This service is designed to set us on a path of self-reflection as we enter the Days of Awe.

Strengthen My Heart Afternoon Meditation on Zoom with Rabbi Dorothy Richman —Sunday, August 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $18. Register here.
Elul, the Hebrew month before the High Holidays, is traditionally a period of self-reflection that reaches its highpoint on Yom Kippur. Rabbi Dorothy Richman will facilitate an afternoon of engaged spiritual practice including mindfulness meditation, text study, writing exercises, and singing. We will learn how to apply ancient Jewish wisdom to our lives in this moment and throughout the upcoming High Holy day season.