Elul 2020/5781

ENGAGING SPIRITUALLY DURING THESE TUMULTUOUS TIMES

Elul, the Hebrew month which precedes the High Holiday season, is a time for introspection and renewal. Please join us during this month as we sound the shofar every morning and offer a myriad of opportunities for learning and discussion. To obtain Zoom passwords, please contact Abby Johnson at ajohnson@spsnyc.org

An Elul Story: A journey of spiritual transformation

Ed Elhaderi will speak about his book “Nomadic Soul: My journey from the Libyan Sahara to a Jewish Life in Los Angeles.” The book tells the remarkable story of how the author discovered meaning, depth, and community in Judaism.
Monday, August 17 at 7:00 pm
https://zoom.us/j/93331532892
Meeting ID: 933 3153 2892

TESHUVA 2020 STYLE

What have we learned about ourselves this year, and how will we enter the year ahead?
Interviews with Rabbi Rachel Ain, Rabbinic Intern David Chapman, and Cantor Kanfer
Friday mornings at 11:00 am, August 28, September 4 & 11

Aug, 28:
https://zoom.us/j/98094188473
Meeting ID: 980 9418 8473

Sept 4:
https://zoom.us/j/94379233926
Meeting ID: 943 7923 3926

Sept 11:
https://zoom.us/j/99361560532
Meeting ID: 993 6156 0532

GOING DEEP: HOW READING, WRITING, AND SINGING CAN HELP US REFLECT DURING ELUL

Monday nights with Rabbi Ain: Reflecting on Jewels of Elul https://www.jewelsofelul.com
August 24 & 31 at 7:30 pm
https://zoom.us/j/94189373501
Meeting ID: 941 8937 3501

Tuesday nights with David Chapman: Reflections on Weekly Writing Prompt  Reflection
August 25 and September 1 at 7:30 pm
https://zoom.us/j/96898236958
Meeting ID: 968 9823 6958

Wednesday nights with Cantor Kanfer: Mindful Jewish singing for Elul
August 26 and September 2 at 7:30 pm
https://zoom.us/j/95963290126
Meeting ID: 959 6329 0126

“LISTEN TO HER VOICE”

The Role of Women in Our High Holiday Texts
Thursday September 3 at 4:30 pm
https://zoom.us/j/95963290126
Meeting ID: 959 6329 0126

WHAT ARE THE HOLIDAYS ABOUT ANYWAY?

An exploration of the major structure, themes, and music of the High Holidays with Rabbi Ain and Cantor Kanfer
Tuesday, September 15 at 7:30 pm
https://zoom.us/j/94081016735
Meeting ID: 940 8101 6735

OTHER WAYS TO ENGAGE:

Read:

Witness, Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom
by Ariel Burger
All SPS members will receive this book, as part of the SPS Community Reads program, thanks to the generosity of Irving Sitnick, in memory of his beloved wife, Linda.
Join the discussion on October 15th at 7:30 pm
led by Ariel Burger “Becoming a Witness: The Teachings of Elie Wiesel in Challenging Times”

White FragilityWhy It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
by Robin DiAngelo
An Elul Read- Consider buying from one of these Blackowned independent bookstores: https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php. Community discussion of this book
Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 pm

Useful links:

Dwelling in the House of Adonai: Building the house of God in our own homes: tools for creating a home based Rosh Hashonah seder and more
High Holidays @ Home
https://customandcraft.org/blog/

High Holiday Webinars:
Friday, August 14: How to Host a Rosh Hashanah Seder with the Haggadot.com team
Thursday, August 20: Making Our Home Altars with Rebecca Missel
Monday, September 14: Set Your Rosh Hashanah Intentions with Trisha Arlin

Selichot 5780

A community gathering with music, prayer, and learning as we turn our hearts and minds towards 5781.
Selichot: One thing I ask from God…

Saturday, September 12, 8:30 – 10 pm
8:30 pm: Havdalah services
Followed by a discussion about Psalm 27 (traditionally recited during Elul) and what it can teach us about the meaning of life, particularly in challenging times. We will explore the themes of the text, as well as its musical settings, with Rabbi Rachel Ain, Cantor Malachi Kanfer, and Rabbinic Intern David Chapman.

9:15 – 10 pm: Selichot Services
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/98583761471
Meeting ID: 985 8376 1471
Phone: 646-876-9923