High Holy Days 5781
Days of Awe: Walking with Grief and Gratitude
The Holy Days approach. A New Year is coming. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have come to our people in every century, in every moment of history, and the sacred days have opened new possibilities for meaning, connection and transformation. We too will enter these Holy Days in a year swirling with the Unknown, filled with Grief and Gratitude. In these times we dig our feet into the dirt and hold onto the Tree of Life, to the deepest values of our tradition, moving us to Compassion, Lovingkindness, Justice and Hope. We look honestly into ourselves, our community, and our world, and in the words of the poet Marge Piercy “bless whatever you can with eyes and hands and tongue. If you can’t bless it, get ready to make it new.” We look forward to entering these Holy Days with you.
New Years Drive Through and Prayer Book Pick up
Thursday September 17—5-7pm
Come drive through for a contactless pick up of High Holy Day prayer books and New Year greetings! If you have ordered a New Year Delights bag you can also pick it up on that day.
Erev Rosh Hashanah & Shabbat
Friday Sept 18—Echo Park or wherever you are
6:30 Service with headphones & audio track
Rosh Hashanah will begin Friday night, Erev Shabbat, September 18th. We will enter into the New Year with a walking meditation filled with song, heart, and goodness. You can download the audio meditation service and walk (or sit) where you choose (at home) or meet us in person at St. Paul’s Commons in Echo Park with the walk around the Echo Park Lake *note the new location. saintala.org 840 Echo Park Avenue LA, CA 90026. (Socially-distanced, masks required)Erev Rosh Hashanah details
Rosh Hashanah Day
Saturday Sept 19 (Zoom)
9:30am Morning blessings – spiritual & physical warm-up
Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)
Sunday Sept 27 6:30pm (Zoom)
High Holy Day Prep Classes
Sundays in Elul—4pm
- Aug 23 Rabbi Susan: Middot — the deepest soul values of our tradition — and how to choose one
- Aug 30 Sally and Duvid: Prayers & Songs of the Holy Days
- Sept 6 Kathy Simon: How to have meaningful conversations on forgiveness and repair (teshuvah)
Special Programming: Days of Awe
Registration information coming soon
- Sunday 9/20 – City-Wide Shofar Wave
Nefesh participates in the L.A. Shofar Wave, sponsored by the Jewish Federation and Ikar. Each shul will invite their ba’alei tekiah (shofar blowers) to bring the sound of the shofar as a wave to every corner of our beloved city. Exact timing for our community coming soon – likely close to 3pm.
- Monday 9/21 – Tashlich meditation
Rabbi Susan leads a tashlich audio meditation. You can use the audio on Monday or any day that you choose.
- Tuesday 9/22 7pm – Holding Space
Rabbi Susan holds an open space for you to come with questions and reflections
- Wednesday 9/23 Nefesh Morning Offering
10am on Facebook Live
- Thursday 9/24 4pm – Zentangles on Grief & Gratitude
Teaching Artist Katie Lipsitt will lead a class in drawing Grief & Gratitude Meditation Doodles, a contemplative drawing class inspired by the themes of this year’s Days of Awe. All ages welcome!
- Saturday 9/26 – 7pm Havdalah and Sound Bath
Rabbi Susan, Duvid, and Sally will lead us out of Shabbat and ready us for Yom Kippur with a beautiful Havdalah service. Then, Musician, Film & TV Composer & Former Shudder to Think Frontman Craig Wedren will offer one of his Sabbath Sessions, an immersive musical meditation of ambient choral music, sampling, and looping resulting in a unique kind of sound bath. http://www.craigwedren.com/sab-sesh
- Yom Kippur Services
Sunday night 9/27 6:30pm Kol Nidre service
Monday morning 9/28 9:30am Yom Kippur service
Monday 9/28 3pm Family Service
Monday evening 5pm Yizkor and Neilah
- Yom Kippur Afternoon Special Programming
On Yom Kippur afternoon we will collaborate with our friends at the SIJCC to offer an afternoon rich with movement, learning, reflection and heart including a forgiveness discussion, movement, yoga, learning on grief and more. Full details (evolving list) »