Daylong Elul Retreat: High Holiday Prep with Chant, Music and More

Hannah Dresner
Visiting Rabbi Hannah Dresner

The Days of Awe are quickly approaching. It is during the month of Elul, leading up to the High Holidays, that we are tasked to open our hearts and minds, seek a place of deep introspection to review our life, in preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Congregation Nevei Kodesh, Boulder’s vibrant Jewish Renewal community, is once again hosting a daylong retreat focused on doing just that.

Entitled “The Axis of Our Relationships,” the retreat, scheduled for Saturday, September 6, will be led by visiting rabbi, Hannah Dresner. Please join us in this participatory experience that will include chant, music, study, meditation and movement, as we explore our relationships both to heaven and earth, and to others in our lives.

This is Reb Hannah’s second year leading this highly praised event for Nevei Kodesh and the Boulder community. Reb Hannah, MFA, was a student of Reb Zalman’s and, indeed, he held her services and her ability to deeply connect and communicate the joy and depth of a Jewish spiritual practice in high regard. She received her rabbinic ordination and ordination as a spiritual director from the ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and since that time has traveled extensively to teach niggun as spiritual practice, to offer textual teaching from the Chassidic masters, and to lead fellowship in prayer. A painter, cook and singer, she approaches her rabbinate – and the Elul retreat – as an artistic expression.

Specifics about the Retreat: WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. WHERE: Congregation Nevei Kodesh, 1925 Glenwood Dr., Boulder, CO COST: Nevei Kodesh members, $54. Guests, $90 Providing participants a comfortable and safe space to experience a truly moving personal journey is of utmost importance. Please note that backjacks will be provided, as well as fruit at lunch break, and water throughout the day. Please bring a water bottle, a sack lunch, a tallit if desired, a journal and writing implement, and any drawing materials you might want. Doors open at 9:00 am and the retreat will begin promptly at 9:30 am. SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION DUE BY AUGUST 27. Call 303-443-4567 to register, or register online at

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