Get ready for the New Year with inspiration, reflection, and a sense of community, through the activities you choose ... singing, learning, or personal reflection. All are welcome, no experience is necessary. 

FEELING LIKE ISAAC, FEELING LIKE ABRAHAM: EXPLORING THE ROSH HASHANAH TORAH READING
Wednesday, August 25, 7:00-9:00pm PDT, online
 

The Torah reading for Rosh Hashanah is shocking. God commands our spiritual ancestor Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, and Abraham comes close to doing just that.

 

Extreme as the story is, we can consider key questions in our lives by exploring it through a personal lens.

We will watch a video of a Black rabbinic student, Kendell Pinkney, sharing ways he sees himself in the story -- feeling like Isaac, and like Abraham. Then we will look at these questions ourselves.

When do we feel that we are being sacrificed? How can we respond? When do we make sacrifices? When do we sacrifice others, or our relationships with others? Do these choices serve our highest values?

Rabbi Bridget Wynne will lead this session in an open environment. No prior experience or knowledge of Hebrew is required, and all are welcome.

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REFLECTION AND RENEWAL: PREPARING FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAYS
Sunday, August 29, 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, writing, 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 1, 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 helps us connect with one another, the past, and a sense of the sacred. It can express our yearning for compassion, strength, and resolve.

Join Rabbi Bridget Wynne and Jewish Gateways musicians to move towards the holidays by singing together and by exploring the meaning of Hebrew prayers of this season, whose haunting melodies draw us in, but whose meaning we may know little about.

All are welcome, and no experience is necessary.