Elul Learning and Singing:Getting Ready for the High Holidays

In the month of Elul, we have 30 days to begin our reflection and realignment on the way to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. FTJC offers several ways in to this fertile period of time: classes and discussions, as well as singing sessions to enter the atmosphere of the holidays and prepare ourselves for a powerful collective prayer experience.  Let's not wait until we're sitting in our seats on Yom Kippur to start reconnecting with our inner life and realigning with God and with those around us.

"Paving a Pathway to Rosh Hashanah: The Haftarot of Consolation"
Taught by Rabbi Joel Alter
 
Saturday, August 26, 2017
5:00-6:30 PM
213 Bennett Ave., #2M (betw. 190th & 192nd St.)
(accessibility: two low steps at building entry, followed by flat floor, ramp, and elevator)
 

The weeks leading from Shabbat Nachamu (after Tisha B'Av) to Rosh Hashanah are framed by the striking imagery and poetic arc of the seven Haftarot (readings from Prophets that follow the Torah readings on Shabbat). Come learn how the concepts which the Rabbis "curated" for this season offer us fundamental ideas for our relationship to God all year round.

"Growing Together: Community Teshuvah"
Taught by Yael Sacks
 
Saturday, September 2, 2017
5:00-6:30 PM
106 Pinehurst Ave., Apt. A53 (betw. 181st and 183rd St.)
(accessibility: side entrance, elevator, please call ahead to (209-747-8533)
 

Just as individuals can grow into their best selves and repair past harms through the process of teshuvah, so too communities can reflect and grow. We will reflect on ways in which communities which we are part of have been nurturing or hurtful, and workshop ways to do community teshuvah.

"Teshuvah That Feels Impossible"
Brought to you by FTJC's Racial Justice Chevruta (study group)
Taught by Jenny Koshner, Yudis Retig, and Maddie Richer
 
Saturday, September 9, 2017
5:00-6:30 PM
90 Pinehurst Ave., Apt. 2B
(accessibility: portable ramp in lobby, elevator)
 

In this session, we will learn some local indigenous history, discuss our relationship to the oppression of indigenous peoples as Jews living on American soil, and explore examples of Jewish organizations engaging in indigenous reconciliation.

Singing into Rosh Hashanah: For Prayer Leaders and Meshorerim

Thursday, September 14, 2017
8:30 PM
825 West 187th St., Apt. 5B
(accessibility: side entrance, please call ahead if needed: 212-280-3717)
 

Rosh Hashanah prayer leaders are invited, along with meshorerim (accompanying singers who surround the bimah during songful parts of the service to amplify and energize the sound--all are welcome, of all genders, who have a strong Hebrew reading ability and a good singing voice, self-identified). We'll be previewing some of the leaders' melodies and getting accustomed to singing together. 

Singing into Rosh Hashanah: For the Entire FTJC Community
 
Saturday, September 16, 2017
12:00-12:45 PM, during Kiddush
Hebrew Tabernacle, 2nd Floor Penthouse
(accessibility: one flight of stairs)
 

Join Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and our crew of High Holiday prayer leaders for a special opportunity to get into the spirit and practice some melodies that we'll lift up together on Rosh Hashanah. The entire community is encouraged to participate.

Selichot: Late-Night Service
 
Saturday, September 16, 2017
11:30 PM
YM/YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood
54 Nagle Ave., Room 216
(accessibility: elevator to second floor)
 

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer will lead us in this powerful late-night intensification of our preparations for the Days of Awe: a singing, swaying service that brings us closer to the poetry and passion of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.    

Singing into Yom Kippur: For Prayer Leaders and Meshorerim
 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
8:15 PM
140 Cabrini Blvd. Apt. 49
(accessibility: ramp, doorman)
 

Yom Kippur prayer leaders are invited, along with meshorerim (accompanying singers who surround the bimah during songful parts of the service to amplify and energize the sound--all are welcome, of all genders, who have a strong Hebrew reading ability and a good singing voice, self-identified). We'll be previewing some of the leaders' melodies and getting accustomed to singing together.

 

 

Thu, November 23 2017 5 Kislev 5778