Get ready for the New Year with inspiration, reflection, and a sense of community, through the activities you choose ... music, personal reflection, baking, or learning! All are welcome, no experience is necessary.
A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: EXPLORING THE ROSH HASHANAH TORAH READING
Wednesday, September 2, 7:00-9:00pm PDT, online
The Torah reading for Rosh Hashanah is shocking. God tells Abraham to offer his son as a sacrifice. Abraham responds by tying up Isaac. It is a terrifying story, of uncertainty, fear, loss, moral violation, and betrayal.
These words could also describe the times we are living through, though each of us is affected differently. We will draw on the story to better understand our experiences, and how we might choose to respond.
Rabbi Bridget Wynne will lead this learning session in an open environment. No prior experience or knowledge of Hebrew is required, and all are welcome.
REFLECTION AND RENEWAL: PREPARING FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAYS
Sunday, September 6, 7:00-9:00pm PDT, online
The High Holidays invite us to reflect on our lives. How are we using the time we have? In what we ways are we living by our deepest values, and in what ways might we want to change? How can we strengthen connections with those we love, and use our gifts to make a difference in the world?
We'll explore these core questions together through learning and discussion, drawing on Jewish wisdom, led by Rabbi Bridget Wynne. All are welcome, and no experience is necessary.
A MUSICAL JOURNEY INTO THE HIGH HOLIDAYS
Wednesday, September 9, 7:00-8:30pm, PDT, online
The evocative music of the High Holidays is, for many, one of the most important parts of the season. It can help us connect with one another, the past, and a sense of the sacred. It can express our yearning for a better year, a better world, and our intention to help bring it into being.
We'll gather to connect with the holidays by learning, singing, and exploring Hebrew prayers like Avinu Malkeinu, whose haunting melody draws us but whose meaning many of us know little about.
Musician Joel Siegel and Rabbi Bridget Wynne will lead this gathering. All are welcome and no experience is necessary.
HIGH HOLIDAY BAKING CLASS FOR A SWEET NEW YEAR
Sunday, September 13, 2:00-4:00pm PDT, online
Join Sur La Table resident pastry chef Andrea Quinn and a community of Jewish Gateways cooks for a fun and informative afternoon of baking. We will make Andrea’s Apple Cake with Honey Glaze, perfect for celebrating a sweet New Year.
All ages and levels of experience are welcome. The cake can be frozen till your Rosh Hashanah meal if you choose. We will record this event and post it on the Jewish Gateways website, so if you're not able to bake with us, you can follow along whenever you'd like.