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Passover Made Possible: Resources for the Year of the Coronavirus
This is a Passover different from all others. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and not sure how to handle Passover 2020, or looking for ideas to enliven your seder, we're here to help, with plenty of resources plus the workshop listed below.
HOW TO HOLD A SEDER IN THE YEAR OF THE CORONAVIRUS
Workshop offered ONLINE
Thursday, April 2, 7:00-8:00pm
Passover is different from ever before, and we are here to help. Your seder this year will probably have fewer participants. Maybe you will lead for the first time.
Perhaps you're going to share your seder with others virtually, and want tips on this. Or maybe you're seeking ideas and inspiration to enliven your seder.
Rabbi Bridget Wynne will lead a workshop on ways to host a seder in this challenging time.
LISTENING TO THE STILL SMALL VOICE
Topic for this session of Torah for Everyone
Wednesday, April 25, 7:00-9:00pm ONLINE
Jewish stories about God are often full of drama -- the Holy One took us out of slavery in Egypt, and spoke at Mount Sinai amidst thunder and lightning...
Where are encounters with the holy that are closer to experiences we might have? Elijah the prophet found the sacred in a still, small voice. We'll explore this story and what we might draw from it led by Rabbi Bridget Wynne in an open environment. All are welcome, and all questions are welcome.
Rabbi Bridget's High Holiday Sermons 2019 • 5780
Rosh Hashanah: Faith In Hard Times
When I realized, years ago, that I felt called to be a rabbi, I had a problem. Yes, I was a woman, and that was a problem then, and a lesbian, and that was a bigger problem. I grew up celebrating Jewish holidays but never going to synagogue; that was not so much of a problem.
But none of those were the big problem. There was something more important. I didn’t believe in God.
But I’m persistent, so I dug in to explore what Judaism teaches about belief, and I discovered that our tradition is built on something different: faith.
I did have faith, and I still do. Faith, or in Hebrew, “emunah,” is what I want to talk to you about this evening. These are hard times for having faith, but the hard times make it even more important.
Yom Kippur: Building Our World
Our tradition teaches that the world was created on Rosh Hashanah, the day that begins the High Holiday season we are now in. Besides being a time to look at our lives, at the kind of people we want to be, and how we can come closer to living in these ways, this is also a time to celebrate the birthday of the world.
This teaching about the creation of the world is not meant to be literal, but instead to remind us that we make choices, each day, about the sort of world we are creating. Our tradition has something quite profound to say about this. That is, the world will be built through kindness, "olam chesed y’ba’neh." (Psalm 89:3)
“Kindness,” you might say, “that’s very sweet, but haven’t you noticed that things are falling apart? What is kindness in the face of climate change, the resurgence of hatreds of all sorts, gun violence, and much more?”