Sunday, September 15 at 10am at Kehillath Shalom Synagogue
If, like most members of Kehillath Shalom, you are of Ashkenazic descent, you may be familiar with adding a blessing over apples dipped in honey on Rosh HaShanah so that we might have a sweet year. Jews with roots in Spain have a tradition that expands this practice to many foods that symbolize many blessings. These are called simanim, or omens. And they are eaten in an order (seder) on Rosh HaShanah evening.
Beyond food, tradition (superstition?) suggests that what we do on Rosh HaShanah will have an impact on the year. For example, there's a tradition not to nap on the holiday so that we do not sleep the year away. Perhaps you might like to think about what you would like more of in the coming year and do it (even symbolically) on Rosh HaShanah. We talk a lot about reflection and changes we might make at this time of year: let's get to it! Go for that walk in the woods, call that person you've been meaning to reconnect with, take a bit of time with your friend/spouse/parent/kid, write your elected representative. Make your wishes reality.
And if you want to know more about food omens, come to Sunday's culinary workshop!
Saturday, September 21 at 8:30pm at Kehillath Shalom Synagogue
On Saturday evening at 8 pm, we will prepare for the Days of Awe by exploring forgiveness. Selections of the film: The Power of Forgiveness, a dramatic documentary film that takes an honest look at the intensity of anger and grief that human nature is heir to, will be the basis for discussion. This collection of short stories profiles dramatic transgressions along with more familiar stories. It explores the role forgiveness holds in various faith traditions and examines how the scientific community is now measuring the physical and mental benefits of letting go of grief and resentment. We will hear from renowned Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel, Rev. James Forbes, and others and reflect on our own perspectives.
Are there those we need to forgive?
Are there those from whom we might seek forgiveness?
Are we holding grudges against ourselves for not being different than who we are?
The Selichot service will follow our exploration. With this service, we formally enter into the High Holidays.
Selichot means "forgiveness," and together we will begin the process.
Sunday, September 29 at 9am at Centerport Beach
Join us in beginning the new year by submerging in the living waters of the Long Island sound. We'll gather at 9am to sing and pray, and then (as desired, and as the weather is willing) we'll submerge and re-emerge from the water a new soul, ready to begin a new year at sundown.
If you aren't down to swim, come anyway! You can hold the space (and hold a towel) for those that do brave the late September waters!
Centerport Beach at 9am