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Yom Kippur Afternoon: Special Programs

September 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 5:00 pm PDT

  • 9:30am Nefesh Morning service, followed by Workshops detailed below:
  • Noon Grieving the Loss of Normal
  • 1pm
    • Jewish Fertility Journeys: A Healing Workshop
    • Moving Through Grief and Gratitude with Sarah Leddy
  • 2pm
    • Yom Kippur Forgiveness Circle
    • Those Who Danced: A Panel on the forgotten history of eating, drinking, and partying on Yom Kippur
  • 3pm Nefesh Family service
  • 4pm
    • Belly of the Whale: Poetry and Prayer in a Time of Deep Unknowing
    • Temple of the Trees: Yoga + Meditation 

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

  • Grieving the Loss of Normal
    This workshop will be a collaborative conversation looking at the broad picture of mourning during the pandemic. We’ll explore the variety of loss that we face as a community, grieving loved ones, lost or paused plans and connections, and the “normal” that was our lives prior to Covid-19. Led by SIJCC’S Director of Jewish Innovation Manda Graziel and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Lucy Rimalower. Register on Zoom

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

  • Jewish Fertility Journeys: A Healing Workshop
    The High Holy Days can be a challenging and isolating time for those struggling to grow their families. Whether it’s the stories of infertility read as part of the synagogue service, the liturgy rife with symbols of birth, or the emphasis on communal and family gatherings, reminders of fertility are everywhere and can feel hard to escape. Join our partner Honeymoon Israel for a conversation on fertility journeys and an exploration of how Jewish text can raise awareness of and help those who have experienced loss and/or challenges with fertility. This workshop will be an opportunity to connect with other individuals and couples who have or are experiencing infertility or fertility struggles and to learn more about community resources that can provide emotional, financial and spiritual support. Register on Zoom
  • Moving Through Grief and Gratitude with Sarah Leddy
    Led by dancer, choreographer, and movement educator Sarah Leddy, we will take this time to embody whatever it is we’re experiencing at that moment. Moving big even in small spaces, we will weave inner with outer, dancing between fullness and emptiness, through grief, anger and joy; moving together with the intention of finding clarity, connection, purpose, action.  We will focus on movement practices designed to engage with ourselves and one another, and with the world. No movement experience or level of in-shapeness needed. Register on Zoom

2:00 – 3:00 pm

  • Yom Kippur Forgiveness Circle
    In small groups led by Melanie Weiner, LMFT and other Nefesh facilitators, we will hold space to speak and listen from the heart to each others’ stories about forgiving and struggling to forgive. Workshop will be limited to 50 people to allow everyone the space to participate fully. Register on Zoom
  • Those Who Danced: A Panel on the forgotten history of eating, drinking, and partying on Yom Kippur, led by members of the East Side Jews Activists Collective
    This YK, dive into the rebellious Jewish tradition of the Yom Kippur ball; raucous celebrations where Jews ate, drank, and even danced on the holiest of days. Originated by early-20th century Jewish Anarchists, intent on challenging the status quo, we’ll explore the resulting tensions and ripples into Jewish countercultural events of the 21st century. We’ll also look at how queer and radical Jews today still employ these balls to preserve a distinctly Jewish, secular practice, outside of temple culture. Register on Zoom

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

  • Nefesh Yom Kippur Family Service
    Join Rabbi Susan, Duvid Swirsky, and community members Clayton Fox and Shayna Cohen for a creative interpretation of the Jonah story, a Tashlich activity, music, and more. Register with Nefesh: Purchase tickets

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Belly of the Whale: Poetry and Prayer in a Time of Deep Unknowing
    What do we do in moments like these of deep uncertainty and fear? Why did Jonah, whose story we read on Yom Kippur, find himself in the belly of the whale? Join Leila Bilick, a poet in the Nefesh community, for a discussion on Jonah and what prayer/poetry can offer us. We will learn, write our own prayers, and share our work. Register on Zoom
  • Temple of the Trees: Yoga + Meditation
    On this ancient day of forgiveness, please join me for a gentle yoga practice based on the elements. We will flow through a slow-moving meditation on the breath to open channels and allow life-force energy to move freely in our temple bodies. We will tune in to the illuminated teachers in our hearts and explore forgiveness as a path to heal our world – followed by deep relaxation. Come as you are – no experience necessary. Register on Zoom