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One of the sweetest gifts of our Jewish calendar is the month of Elul, in which we take time for self-reflection and connection before the High Holy Days.  There are a range of programs to make this month of preparation as meaningful as possible for you.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A month of reflection and preparation with experiences for all ages, indoors and out in the world. Not sure where to begin? Try something new and surprise yourself in advance of the High Holy Days.

 

Elul Events:

There are no upcoming events at this time.

 

IMPORTANT RITUALS:
Mikvah: One of the most meaningful annual rituals before welcoming the New Year is to immerse in a mikvah–-living waters that symbolically purify the spirit-–to help shed our struggles from the previous year and open our hearts for renewal. We offer separate rituals for Male-Identifying, Female-Identifying, and Families with Children.

Psalm 27: Psalm 27 is the special prayer for Elul. It is customary for many to contemplate or say it each day throughout the month, as a way of spiritually preparing for the High Holy Days.

 

S'lichot: This annual evening service on the Saturday before Rosh Hashanah is our first taste of the magic of High Holy Day prayer. Join us as we share prayer, poetry, and music and ready our souls for the High Holy Days. We’ll conclude with our annual ritual of changing the Torah mantles and havdalah (the closing ritual for Shabbat, and a feast for the senses, with blessings over the candles, wine, and spices).
 

Teshuvah: Teshuvah is the practice of turning away from our regrets and misdeeds of the past year, and repairing our relationships to ourselves and to one another. 

*Reading Material: Rabbi Alan Lew’s book This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared is a literary passage into and through the Days of Awe.

Mon, September 26 2022 1 Tishrei 5783