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Preparing for the High Holiday Journey



To ensure that we as individuals and a congregation have the tools to answer
the call of
Ayekah-Where Are You?

Or Hadash will offer programming throughout the summer and fall.


Zoom links for these programs will be provided with your RSVP.


This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared:
A High Holiday Book/Spiritual Discussion Group.

Kick-off study and discussion on Shabbat services, July 24-25.
The high holidays are a marathon season of personal and collective transformation. And just like a marathon, you have to train and prepare in order to get the most out of the experience. Facilitated by Rabbi Lauren, we'll be diving into the themes and the spiritual potential of the high holidays through the lens of Rabbi Alan Lew's book, This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation, which will take us from Tisha b'Av in late July all the way through Sukkot in early October. To get a taste of the book, check out this article.

Click here to RSVP for continuing group discussions, Wednesday or Thursday.
Wednesday's Discussion Group (7:00 pm): July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2, 9, 23
Thursday's Discussion Group (12:00 pm): July 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27, Sept. 3, 10, 24

You need only RSVP once for either group. Sessions will be conducted on Zoom, and potentially moving to distanced outdoor gatherings when possible.


Song Circle: Sharing Melodies for the High Holiday Season
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm | Sundays July 26, August 9, 16, 23, September 6
Co-led by Rabbi Lauren and Rabbi Ariel Root Wolpe of Ma’alot, the song circle is an opportunity to learn new melodies that we'll be singing togetheron Shabbat and the High Holidays, and share your favorites with others so we can learn them too! If you have a tune that you'd like to teach, email Rabbi Lauren in advance ( and let her know. If you would like to participate, please RSVP!


Reading Eicha: Trauma and Protest, Together and Apart
4:00 pm Sunday, July 19 and 26, 2020. The book of Lamentations, Eicha in Hebrew, is traditionally read on Tisha B’Av, the day on which the Jewish community commemorates some of the greatest losses and tragedies we have endured as a people. In exquisite poetry, Eicha offers us not one, but several different responses to suffering. This text study, led by our new Director of Lifelong Learning, Dr. Amy Robertson, will explore some of the responses to grief that Eicha presents, and reflect on what this text can teach us today -- about wading through our own mourning and grief, and about how we might strive to be a community that holds all of us in times of suffering.

Tisha b'Av... Beyond the Destruction
8:30 pm Wednesday, July 29. Tisha b'Av, the 9th of Av, is our collective Jewish day of commemorating historical trauma and grief. Traditionally, Tisha b'Av was about mourning the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem that ushered in an era of exile - and upon the creation of the Jewish state in Israel and our return to Jerusalem, many wondered: do we even need Tisha b'Av anymore? But in a world full of brokenness, alienation from one another, racism, violence, and dehumanization, not to mention a global pandemic, it is clear how relevant the themes of Tisha b'Av still are today. Join us Wednesday evening (7/29), on Zoom, at 8:30 pm for songs, reflections, and chanting the book of Eicha/Lamentations. Read more about the fast and other Tisha b'Av ritual practices here; the fast begins at sundown on Wednesday evening. 

Tue, January 19 2021 6 Shevat 5781