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FORGIVENESS AND NEW BEGINNINGS
This Saturday night, we officially begin the High Holy Day season. No—you didn’t make a mistake in your calendar! Rosh Hashanah does begin on the evening of October 2.
However, on Saturday evening, we engage in a beautiful ritual that we call Selichot. Meaning forgiveness, the ritual starts in earnest the process of introspection, personal accounting, and thoughtfulness that is unique to the Days of Awe. At Suburban Temple-Kol Ami, we’ll start this evening with a movie and discussion which highlights some of the themes of this holy day season. Following the program, we’ll begin our reflective service. The highlight of the service is the ritual of changing the Torah covers to white, symbolizing the purity of our souls as we sincerely search our souls. This is a meaningful evening, and I hope to see you this Saturday, September 24 at 6pm.
As we change the Torah covers from their glorious colors to the shining white, I think of this week’s Torah portion, which is filled with both blessings and curses, and which contains perhaps my favorite blessing: “Blessed shall you be in your comings, and blessed shall you be in your goings.”
Reading this Torah portion as we prepare for the High Holy Days, Blessed shall we be as we prepare to leave 5776, and blessed shall we be as prepare to bring out our best selves in 5777.
~ Rabbi Allison Vann
How to Say “Yes, and” to Inclusion
We are so proud of the work that Rabbi Nyer continues to do to make inclusion a central component of our educational strategy. Congratulations Rabbi Nyer on the publication of your article “How to Say ‘Yes, and’” on the Union for Reform Judaism blog!
Wednesday, September 28, at 4 pm | Calvary Church Supper
Wednesday, September 28, at 7 pm | Professional Choir rehearsal
Wednesday, September 28, at 7 pm | Executive Committee Meeting Gries Library
Friday, September 30, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service | Livestream
Saturday, October 1, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library
Sunday, October 2, at 8 pm | Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday, October 3, at 9 am | Come Grow With Me! Rosh Hashanah
Monday, October 3, at 10 am | Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
Monday, October 3, at 2 pm | Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service (For grade school children)
Monday, October 3, at 3:30 pm | Tashlich (At Shaker Lakes)
Friday, October 7, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service with Torah Reading | Livestream
Saturday, October 8, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library
Tuesday, October 11, at 8 pm | Kol Nidre Service
Wednesday, October 12, at 9 am | Come Grow With Me! Yom Kippur
Wednesday, October 12, at 10 am | Yom Kippur Morning Service
Wednesday, October 12, at 12:30 pm | Our Jewish Journeys: A Yom Kippur Symposium
Wednesday, October 12, at 2 pm | Yom Kippur Children’s Service (For grade school children)
Wednesday, October 12, at 4 pm | Afternoon, Memorial (Yizkor), and Concluding Service (Ne’ilah)
The concluding service will be followed by a light break the fast sponsored by the Heller and Stashower families.
Friday, October 14, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service | Livestream
Saturday, October 15, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library
Great Tour of Historic Jewish Cleveland sponsored by Men’s Club!
Men’s Club: Father’s Day at Progressive Field!
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