Special Shabbat and Selichot Services at Bonai Shalom

Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat Services

Friday, September 4th at 6pm and Saturday, September 5th at 9:30am

Join Congregation Bonai Shalom and Hebrew rabbinical student Eli Herb for a special Shabbat service and kiddush.  Eli will include a drash and stories to deepen our Elul practices in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Eli is going into his fifth year as a rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Boston. Born and raised in Carbondale, CO, he studied Music Composition at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Theological Studies at the University of Denver. In 2010, Eli received ordination as a Maggid, a Jewish Spiritual Storyteller and the following year began rabbinical school. Other than visiting Bonai Shalom this summer, Eli will be spending 3 weeks on the San Juan and Green Rivers with friends and family, and spending as much time as possible with his wife, Kim, and three children, Noah, Hallie, and Saadyah.

Selichot Services at Bonai Shalom                                                            

Saturday, September 5th

9:00 pm – Havdalah, film screening and discussion of 1991 film “The Quarrel*”

11:00 pm – break and snacks

11:30 pm – Selichot Service led by Jan Kirschner and Rabbinical Student Eli Herb

The beautiful liturgy and melodies of Selichot set the emotional and spiritual mood for the High Holidays, invite us into the themes of forgiveness and compassion

“The Quarrel”: Montreal 1948. On Rosh Hashanah, Chaim (a Yiddish writer) is forced to think of his religion when he’s asked to be the tenth in a minyan. As he sits in the park, he suddenly sees an old friend whom he hasn’t seen since they quarreled when they were yeshiva students together. Hersh, a rabbi, survived Auschwitz and his faith was strengthened by his ordeal, while Chaim escaped the Nazis, but had lost his faith long before. The two walk together, reminisce, and argue passionately about themselves, their actions, their lives, their religion, their old quarrel, and their friendship.

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