The spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe traditionally begins in ELUL, the spiritually-charged month leading up to the High Holidays. Please join Rabbi Fred Greene, Cantorial Soloist Holli Berman and Rabbi Ruthie Gelfarb of Congregation Har HaShem, as we begin the holy, awesome work of preparing for the High Holidays. Attend any or all 3 sessions. All are welcome. Suggested Donation. Location: Congregation Har HaShem North Building, Rooms 4, 5. Click here to register.
Preparing for our Holy Days through Psalm 27 with Rabbi Fred Greene
Wednesday August 19th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Our rabbis understood that for teshuvah to be both sincere and effective, intense preparation is required. To aid us in the process, they established the daily reading of Psalm 27. Together, we will read through Psalm 27 and other sources to explore the truths and challenges they reveal.
Singing and Spirituality: High Holy Day Music Speaks to Our Souls with Cantorial Soloist Holli Berman
Wednesday, August 26th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
How do the Jewish songs of your youth make you feel today? What flashes of insight do you gain from hearing a new melody to a familiar prayer? In our time together, we will listen to various traditional and new High Holy Day melodies and discuss their emotional and spiritual power. Begin to prepare for the Days of Awe by joining me in this musical journey.
The Method: Maimonides’ Hilkhot Teshuvah with Rabbi Ruthie Gelfarb
Wednesday, September 2nd 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Change is not easy! In this session, we will study excerpts from Maimonides’s classic Hilkhot Teshuvah (Laws of Repentance) and the recommended steps to take to support change. Then, we will engage in spiritual journaling and reflect on ourselves and our relationships. Bring your favorite journal.