L’Shanah Tovah U’Metukah - Happy New Year!
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High Holy Days Highlights
- Men's Mikvah
- Women's Mikvah
- Programming for Children & Teens
- Tennessee Valley Tashlich Hike with Dan Nichols
- Yom Kippur Afternoon Discussion
- Sukkot & Simchat Torah
The High Holy days are a time of repentance for Jews, a time for us to take stock in the ways in which we've missed the mark during the past year. A time for T'shuvah, for returning to our path and to God. During the month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah, we begin to make our way back. Elul begins on the same date thousands of years ago when Moses climbed Sinai to receive the second set of tablets. The shofar was blown then, as a reminder to the people not to again involve themselves with idolatry. In the Mishneh Torah, Maimonides describes the sound of the Shofar as the call to T’shuvah. We sound the shofar during the month of Elul to remind us that the new year is coming, and to awaken our desire for repentance.
Join us for a special series of sermons during the month of Elul as we clear a spiritual path for the High Holy Days. Each week we will hear another aspect of preparing our souls for reflection, forgiveness, and atonement. Come pray, learn, and meditate with your clergy - let the sabbath permeate your being as you draw closer to the Yamim Noraim/Days of Awe.
August 17, 7:30 pm - Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown
August 24, 6:15 pm - Cantor David Margules
August 31, 6:15 pm - Rabbi Stacy Friedman
September 7, 7:30 pm - Rabbi Lara Regev
Saturday, September 1
7:30 pm program | 9:00 pm service
T'shuvah can happen in an instant. Bring on that moment by looking deep inside yourself to repair your relationship with yourself, your partner, your child, your friend, and your God. Through music and guided meditation we begin the annual process of seeking forgiveness and righting our spiritual path. No RSVP required.
Sunday, September 2
6:00 am, meet in sanctuary
Bring your best self to the sanctuary, where we will share our personal stories, hopes, and intentions for the new year. What do we want to leave behind? What do we want to take with us into the new year? How can we add blessing to our lives? Together we will head to the ocean to immerse three times and feel the power and holiness of the sea. Cantor David will treat all participants to a hearty breakfast afterwards. RSVP here.
Sunday, September 2
6:30 pm, meet in front of the JCC
We look forward to sharing the powerful ritual of mikvah immersion with you as we prepare for the High Holy Days. We will meet in the Rodef Sholom sanctuary at 6:30 pm for pre-mikvah reflection and ritual, after which we will walk together to the JCC, where we will enjoy a meaningful group mikvah immersion. You are welcome to bring a swimsuit if you choose. Additionally, we invite you to come dressed for immersion (bathrobe) so as to minimize changing time. We will have access to dressing rooms but our hope is to facilitate an easy flow form synagogue ritual to water. We recommend bringing a towel and/or robe to wear after the immersion and some warm clothes to change into for our post-immersion ritual and New Year’s toast. Please bring a small vegetarian food item to share for our post-mikvah celebration. RSVP here.
In addition to our family and children's services* at 1:15 pm on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we will be offering age-appropriate programming and services for older children and teens.
*Children's services are designed for ages 0-6 and their families, and take place in the JCC Lounge. Family services are designed for ages 7-11 and their families, and take place in the synagogue.
Childcare (for children ages 3 - 6)
September 10 & 19, 9:00 am: We are providing childcare for young children (must be out of diapers) during morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Childcare will take place in Brandeis classrooms. Snack and light lunch will be provided. RSVP here.
Children (grades K - 6th)
September 10 & 19, 9:00 am: On mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we are offering programming for children in kindergarten through sixth grade on Swig Field behind Brandeis Marin. RSVP here.
Teens (grades 8th - 12th)
Tuesday, September 18, 8:00 pm: On Kol Nidre, we are offering an alternative youth service to our teenagers in the Civic Center Green Room! This service will have lots of music, reflection, and age-relatable learning for all who join. The goal is to provide meaning and intention to these Days of Awe. Don't worry, we will return to the main service to hear the rabbi's sermon. If you would like to join us for any of these programs, RSVP to Youth Engagement Director Rachel Altfeld at [email protected].
Wednesday, September 19, 3:30 pm: On the first day of Yom Kippur, we will have a special teen program in the JCC Lounge.
Tuesday, September 11, 4:00 pm
Our Tashlich hike, led by beloved star of the Jewish music world, Dan Nichols, takes place on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Tashlich is the ritual where we symbolically cast our "sins" into the water (we use bird-friendly oats or rice) and talk about how we can better ourselves in the new year. Meet in Tenneesee Valley parking lot in Mill Valley at 4:00 pm.
Wednesday, September 19, 2:30 pm, Civic Center Auditorium
Panelists will lead a discussion on the defining issues of our time and the role of the Jewish community.