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The Final Countdown – Elul Learning at Bonai Shalom

The month of Elul gently leads us into Rosh HaShanah and is an opportune time to reflect on the year that we are leaving behind, what we want to bring, and who want to be in the new year.  In Elul, we can engage in study together as a tool for this work.  We hope you will join us for one or more of these learning opportunities with a range of teachers for this Elul.

The Shofar Asks Us A Question – A video teaching with Rabbi Marc!

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Fourth Ezra
with Dr. Naomi Susan Schwartz Jacobs 

Mondays, September 19 and 26, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Bonai
Are you feeling frustrated and saddened by the current political climate? There is nothing new under the sun.  Jews have been dealing with cruelty and hatred for millennia. One such work that deals with this problem is  called Fourth Ezra. Written in the aftermath of the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE, 4Ezra helps give Jews the strength to carry on by drawing on angels, dream visions, and the Book of Daniel.  Suggested donation: $10 – $15 per class or both sessions for $18.

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Shofar: What is the Message in the Medium? 
with Morah Yehudis Fishman

Wednesday, 9/21 at noon with Morah Yehudis Fishman
We are all anticipating the blessing of “lishmoah kol shofar,” “to hear the sound of the shofar.” But what exactly are we supposed to listen to? Come and hear some of the kavanot, intentions, we can keep in mind and heart at that awesome moment.

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The One Thing I Ask- Preparing for the Awesome Days
with Rabbi Marc Soloway

Sunday, 9/25 at 9:30 am (following minyan) with Rabbi Marc Soloway. 
As Elul’s moon wanes and we get closer to Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, we will reflect on the spiritual work of teshuvah (return), through a close study of Psalm 27 and some other texts, as well as some singing, writing and silence.
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Shira: Singing as Spiritual Practice: Elul and High Holiday Melodies
with Hannah Kapnik Ashar

Tuesday 9/27 8:00 – 9:00 pm with Hannah Kapnik Ashar
– Join us in building singing community! We’ll explore niggunim (melodies), experimenting with rhythm, volume, texture, harmony, and listening. This is for folks of all levels of comfort and skill singing.

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Remembering Intimacy with God
with Hannah Kapnik Ashar
Wednesday 9/28, at noon
The liturgy of Rosh Hashana can seem so opaque — we will massage some of this language and its references to make meaning out of what lies ahead.

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