Tag Archives: High Holidays

Kapparot: The Yom Kippur Tradition of Chicken Twirling

A mother, father, son and daughter. The father holds a rooster over the son's head.

For some 1,000 years, many Ashkenazi Jews have observed the same ritual every Yom Kippur Eve — waving a chicken over their head. From the start, the practice was controversial among rabbinical scholars, and even today, it continues to ruffle feathers. (Sorry, couldn't resist).

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What Do Jews Mean by Repentance (Teshuvah)?

What Do Jews Mean by Repentance (Teshuvah)?

The sound of the shofar at Rosh Hashanah, the great 12th-century Jewish thinker Moses Maimonides wrote, is a wake-up call for the soul. Its message: "Arise from your slumber! Search your ways and return in teshuvah and remember your Creator!"

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Mindful Returning this Holiday Season

Mindful Returning this Holiday Season

The Boulder JCC has begun offering in-person meditation on Thursday mornings from 9 to 9:30 a.m. In these 30 minute sessions there is a short Jewish mindfulness teaching, 18 minutes of silence, several minutes for voluntary sharing, and the reciting of a healing prayer, and Kaddish.

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Challah Make and Take This Sunday!

Challah Make and Take This Sunday!

Join Chany Scheiner this Sunday, for a Challah baking class, make and take, where you will get to make your own Challah and learn how to braid it and the spiritual significance behind it.

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The High Holidays: Why Are We Here?

The High Holidays: Why Are We Here?

Formal prayer is an acquired taste, and its acquisition is best achieved with frequency and familiarity. Hence the Jewish Catch 22: many Jews only show up to pray on the two days a year when the prayers are by far the most long-winded and daunting.

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Help JFS Make the High Holy Days Sweet for Boulder Residents

Help JFS Make the High Holy Days Sweet for Boulder Residents

Boulder JFS will not be able to host traditional High Holy Day celebrations in older adult communities like we have in the past. However, you can help us bring the holidays to underserved and isolated community members!

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High Holidays at CU Boulder Hillel

High Holidays at CU Boulder Hillel

CU Boulder Hillel will be hosting a variety of services and events for the High Holidays this year. During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Ross Z. Levy will be leading us in engaging, spiritually awakening, and musical services.

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A Boulder Guide to High Holiday Services

A Boulder Guide to High Holiday Services

Boulder has many options for its diversified Jewish community. Here’s a quick synopsis – in alphabetical order – of some of the services and denominations in Boulder to help you find a good fit.

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